Anything exposed to the elements will start to develop damage over time. This applies to the metal fixtures on a building’s exterior as much as it does to a car’s body and frame. The same moss growing up the side of the tree in your parking lot will take hold along the side of your building. But regular power or pressure washing can keep your building looking like new. It can even help protect it and minimize expensive repairs. Here’s how:
Stop plants from taking root in porous exterior materials.
Concrete, brick, and wood are porous. Even if the wood surface feels smooth, microscopic holes and pores in the surface allow organic growth to hold onto the surface and develop roots or stickers. These small feelers can dig into the surface layer, forming new cracks and making the material crumble. Ivy, moss, and fungus can slowly eat through the surface, weakening the overall material and discoloring it. You can get the walls power or pressure washed, which use heat and pressure respectively, to clear out current buildups of organic growth. The deep clean also removes roots and stickers so the plants are less likely to take hold again.
Prepare the surface for a stain or topcoat.
If your building is in a particularly humid region or is adjacent to a wooded area, then regular pressure washing appointments can help keep the organic material at bay. But if you want to ensure seamless protection against the growth, a nonporous sealant can keep the walls even safer. Get the exterior pressure washed to deep clean and prepare the surface for application. The combination of a tight sealant and regularly scheduled washes offers a stronger defense against organic growth.
Whether you have moss that is discoloring the walls or stubborn ivy that is burrowing into the surface, it has no business being on your building. Go to 214 Pressure Washing to get it removed.