Spring cleaning has a broad and impactful role in home and property maintenance, especially in Vancouver. There are several essential actions that homeowners should take to preserve the value of their home and to boost curb appeal. Two important exterior areas that should be regularly cleaned are the gutters and exterior surfaces.
Gutter Cleaning – February
Gutter cleaning may seem like a trivial task, but it is essential to protect your home from deterioration.
Gutters control the flow of rainwater and are critical in protecting your roof, walls, home’s foundation, and landscape. Leaves and debris can quickly clog gutters, preventing the free drainage of rainwater. This increases the risk of roofs leaking which can cause water damage to the interior and exterior home walls. This permanent damage is far more expensive than the cost of annual gutter cleaning.
Gutters should be cleaned twice a year: in the spring and fall. Homeowners have two options – either do it themselves or hire professional home maintenance experts.
To clean the gutters yourself, you need the correct cleaning supplies and plenty of time. The second option, hiring an expert, is ideal for those who are short on tools or time. Gutter guards are also an effective solution to keep gutters free of debris, allowing free water flow.
Umbrella Property Services offers experienced gutter cleaners and professionals who can install gutter guards for you.
Exterior Cleaning – March
Umbrella Property Services, serving Vancouver and the surrounding area for many years. We have experienced property maintenance professionals that can expertly handle both residential and commercial properties.
We recommend deferring exterior cleaning until the frequency of rain has decreased in the spring. This strikes a balance between achieving clean aesthetics and not wasting your money on work that the weather will undo. Pressure washing porches, decks, balconies, and walls provide a fresh look to exterior surfaces. It also extends the life of the structures by preventing the growth of mold and moss.
All wood surfaces should be examined for weather damage and paint failure. If you find problem areas, it is best to deal with them quickly to prevent further damage. For major projects, it is highly recommended you hire an exterior cleaning service.
Decks and Patios
Decking can be made of a number of different materials. Deck surfaces are frequently made of wood, plastic (PVC), or some composite material which combines plastic with wood fibres. Each of these materials requires different treatment.
Wood decking, particularly non-premium grade wood, should be power washed at least once a year. The best time to powerwash your wood deck is in early spring, which is why we recommend March.
Deck fences are often made with the same material as the decking. Because of how deck fences are built, they often require particular care and effort when being pressure washed. Homeowners can do this task themselves using a rented pressure washer. But, hiring a professional pressure washing company is recommended as the task can be done better and in less time.
Treated wood decks should be pressure washed once a year. Pressure washing can be done every two years, so long as you don’t mind a gradual slip in aesthetics. Composite decking should also be power washed annually but you can get by with it being power-washed every two years. While composite decks typically endure well, their texture can be susceptible to grime buildup.
Washing Exterior Walls
Stucco, brick, and cement are three common materials that make up the exteriors of many homes.
When it comes to stucco, the importance of regular pressure washing cannot be understated. The best upkeep for stucco is to pressure wash the exterior at least once annually. Dust and grime quickly accumulate on this surface, and cleaning it requires time, detergent and a power washer.
Research and practice can equip individuals to clean exterior stucco walls, but it is much better to hire a professional. Cleaning stucco walls require a long time and the stucco material has particularities. Umbrella Property Services is well equipped to give your home the care and attention required to ensure pristine condition.
Brick offers a classic, sophisticated, rich appearance: it also endures well if looked after. Brick should be kept clear of plants, such as ivy, which compromise the structural integrity of the wall. In such cases, soft washing is an important part of the cleaning process. Brick walls should be power washed once every two years. There are specific cleaning tools and steps involved in cleaning brick, so it’s better for homeowners to hire professionals.
The seven important steps involved in pressure washing brick are: (1) patching the mortar, (2) wetting the brick, (3) applying detergent, (4) power washing, (5) scrubbing, (6) rinsing and (7) applying sealant. The considerable time and skills required to do this job well make hiring professionals a better option.
Concrete is another enduring exterior material. From walls to driveways, concrete exteriors can be easily cleaned without much fear of etching, erosion or deterioration. Depending on the type, texture, and location of the concrete, you may want to powerwash the surface more or less often.
Reach out to the team at Umbrella Property Services to get a quote or book our professional property maintenance services.