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How Much Does It Cost to Pressure Wash a Home Professionally?

Pressure washing costs and rates may vary from state to state in the United States. In this blog, we will discuss the average expenses for consumers with various types of pressure washing needs in North Carolina, along with the average costs incurred by a pressure washing business and DIYers. 


Average NC Costs for Residential Pressure Washing

Soft Washing

Soft washing is the absolute preferred method when cleaning sensitive materials such as vinyl siding, roof shingles, and outdoor furniture. Soft washing a home's exterior removes all organic growth, stains, and dirt. The cost of professionally soft washing a house typically costs roughly around $400 for a home size that is approximately 2400 square feet.

Roof cleaning using the soft washing technique is the recommended method and is used to remove organic growth from the roofing shingles. Mold, algae, and mold can damage and shorten the lifespan of your roof, as well as have an unappealing curb appeal. 

The typical roof size for a 2400 square foot home is 1700 square feet making the average roof soft washing cost roughly $550. Partial roof cleaning may also be an option to help lower homeowners' costs when only part of the roof is affected by organic growth.

Surface Cleaning

Surface cleaning is used on driveways, patios, and sidewalks. It applies chemicals to remove certain stains and organic buildup, along with the use of a professional surface cleaner to make the area look new again. This type of pressure washing involves high pressure to remove years of stains, dirt, and organic buildup. 

Cleaning a driveway through pressure washing is achieved by applying the necessary chemicals to remove any existing stains and kill organic growth. The amount of pressure depends, and it's important to use caution when using pressure to not damage the surface itself. Pressure washing a two-car driveway costs roughly $200 on average.

Fence and Deck Cleaning

Wood cleaning is achieved by using proper cleaning methods, which include several chemicals along with the use of a pressure washer. The average cost to clean a 500-square-foot fence, which is 6 feet high and 85 feet in length, would be approximately $200. When cleaning a wooden fence or deck, a solution is applied to the surface for a given amount of time to loosen organic growth and dirt.

Commercial Pressure Washing Costs

Commercial pressure washing includes quarterly or reoccurring services for driveway cleaning, sidewalk cleaning, exterior home cleaning, and more. Commercial pressure washing uses different types of pressure washing techniques such as soft washing, surface cleaning, high pressure, and the use of various chemicals. 

In North Carolina, the average cost of commercial pressure cleaning is $0.25 per square foot. Commercial pressure washing comes with additional costs to the contractor, such as commercial auto insurance and water reclamations when chemicals could enter the stormwater drains.

Expenses for Pressure Washing Businesses

While costs may seem high to homeowners, running a professional pressure washing business has a number of ongoing expenses associated with offering valuable services. In order to complete a job properly, the correct equipment and training are needed. 

Professional pressure washing equipment can have an initial cost of $10 - $30,000 along with maintenance costs to upkeep. A vehicle to transport the cleaning equipment is required in addition to the cleaning equipment and has its own associated costs to maintain. 

Office equipment and software, marketing materials, liability insurance, auto insurance, workers' compensation insurance, website fees, and marketing campaigns are all additional monthly expenses. 

These monthly expenses can cost you thousands of dollars per month. If the cost for a pressure washing job seems exorbitant, know that if you hire a reputable company, you are getting someone with years of experience and knowledge. 

Costs for DIY Pressure Washing

For the do-it-yourself homeowner, all types of pressure washing can be accomplished but come with some up-front costs and knowledge. Most pressure washing equipment will cost an average of $900 and should include a wand, hose, and various tips for different types of jobs. 

Surface cleaners are required for surface cleaning and can range in price from $150 to $1,000, depending on the job. In addition to the pressure washer, a variety of chemicals will need to be purchased from a pressure washing supply store. 

Depending on where you live, these chemicals can cost between $1 and $3 per gallon. Stain removal chemicals, on the other hand, can cost up to $25 per gallon. All chemicals must be used with appropriate protective equipment and knowledge of their users.

Mobile Magic Pressure Washing

Mobile Magic has been providing pressure washing services to homes, rental properties, businesses, apartments, and condos since 2001. We specialize in window washing, pressure washing, deck washing, siding washing, concrete cleaning, soft washing, parking lot cleaning, and solar panel cleaning. 

Contact us today for more information on our services and rates.