Pressure Washing Driveways – Why and When?

Your driveway gets a lot of action. Think of all the vehicles – the types, weights, and conditions – that pull in and out of your driveway on a monthly and yearly basis.  Think about what happens in your driveway on a regular basis. From basketball games to oil changes, your driveway endures a great deal of traffic and activity. Then, of course, there’s nature. The wind, rain, and depending on where you live, the snow, ice, and salt you use to get rid of it. And all these events involve dirt, oil, grime, and debris.

If you’re like most homeowners, you try to keep it clean. You probably sweep and hose it down which is usually effective for the big stuff like leaves and sand. But, what about the smaller deposits of this kind of debris?  Do you know what happens to it? It accumulates and then blends with oil and water that becomes an adhesive film. Then, this film sticks to your concrete.

But it doesn’t stop there, over the course of time, these piles of sticky filmy debris form larger puddles that cause your driveway to stain. No one likes a stained driveway, especially if it’s a beautiful driveway that you installed to complement your home’s exterior and your landscaping. Not only does this annoy you, but it severely reduces your home’s overall curb appeal.

How does pressure washing restore your driveway?

Those piles of accumulated grime on your driveway are somewhat acidic. So, over time, they will chew at your concrete or pavement – depending on what type of driveway you have. Holes and cracks, costly and troublesome to repair, will be created during this process. In fact, the repair costs can go into thousands of dollars.

But, that’s not the only hazard of neglecting to throughout wash your driveway. Algae can breed in the standing water that creates smaller puddles of debris. Creating slime, this breeding ground for algae can evolve into tiny surface cracks in your driveway. These cracks are reportedly close to impossible to get rid of what even the best commercial-grade cleaners. Granted, it’s possible for these growths to be killed.  But the chemicals that are effective for this process are known to damage and even discolor driveways.

Pressure washing protects you and your driveway form these experiences. When your driveway is pressure washed, stains, dirt, and algae are blasted away in just a few minutes. Would you rather spend hours and hours of back-breaking scrubbing with abrasive, destructive chemicals or would you rather have your driveway restored almost back to new in less than sixty minutes?

When and how often should your driveway be pressure washed?

While you can have your driveway, pressure washed any time of year or seasons, it’s most common to get it done during the spring and summer. This is when algae will be most apparent. When you have a professional power washing your driveway, take a look around at your other walkways and pathways. It’s a good time to get all such surfaces pressure washed also. Just as with your driveway, these areas can be power washed back to looking brand new once again.

For More Information About Pressure Washing Concrete Driveways and Walks

Kwik-Klean is the expert in pressure washing concrete driveways and walks. We provide professional pressure washing services in Metro Detroit to include Rochester Hills, Troy, Sterling Heights, Warren, and the surrounding areas. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are trained to know just how to clean concrete for your home or business with quality pressure washing services. For more information on our pressure washing services or to schedule an onsite free estimate, please call us today at (248) 852-7141.