The Importance of Deck Repair

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Although deck repair can leave your outdoor space looking brand new, the main purpose of doing repairs is  for safety.  There are plenty of ways someone can accidentally hurt themselves on a deck if it is in disrepair; rotting boards may collapse, nails can lead to tripping, and railings might give way when leaned against.  One of the worst possibilities is a raised deck collapsing while occupied.  Because decks always face the elements, they can wear down quickly.  Sun, rain, and snow can all impact the health of your deck.  Luckily, proper maintenance can keep your deck functional for years to come.  Here are common problems that can be solved with deck repair:

Mold & Mildew

Not only are mold and mildew unsightly; they also make your deck a slipping hazard while eating away at the wood.  The growths can also be a danger to people, too, since the spores that some molds release have the potential to cause respiratory infections and allergic reactions.

Wood Rot

If any wood on your deck is soft or spongy, decay is almost always the cause.  Insects such as carpenter bees can bore into the wood, bringing structural damage with them.  Decks with a large amount decay are unstable and likely to collapse.  A professional inspection can clarify whether the boards need replacements or not.

Loose Railings

Railings are meant to protect people from falling over the ledge of a deck—therefore it’s imperative that your deck’s railings are healthy.  If your railings do not feel stable, it may be time to contact a professional to repair them.

If you want a professional’s expertise on deck repairs, visit our deck page or call us at 202-981-0468.  We would be happy to help you  make the most of your outdoor space! We help customers with all of their deck cleaning and maintenance needs in lower Montgomery County, MD and Northwest DC.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Window Washing Company

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Windows allow you to see out of your home, but they also brighten your interior by letting sunlight in.  Keeping windows clean is important for the overall feel of your home;  dirty windows can also negatively influence the value of your house.  The state of your windows can also greatly impact your house’s health.  Although home remedies can be created for cleaning, hiring a window washing company guarantees sparkling windows and much more.  So before you pick up a ladder or bucket, read on to learn the benefits of hiring a window washing company:

Safety

Cleaning second story windows can be a danger as well as a hassle.  Falling from a ladder can cause serious injuries.  The chemicals used for cleaning can be hazardous if not used properly.  What’s more, you could break a window, which leads to sharp glass shards and window repairs. There’s no need to risk potential harm when the professionals could take care of it.

Bugs and wasps

Hornets and wasps love to make their homes in between the pane and frame of windows; they tend to seek out quiet, secluded windows to build nests.  If you find insects in your window panes while cleaning, the likelihood of them flying into your home or stinging you is high.  To save yourself from this, hire a window washer; they will know exactly what to do to manage the unwanted pests.

Specialty windows

Not all windows are the same, so they shouldn’t be treated as such when being cleaned.  Tinted windows, storm windows, leaded windows—the list goes on.  Whether it’s stained glass or a hard-to-reach window, the safest bet is to let window washers discern the best cleaning options.  The last thing you want when cleaning is to damage your windows.

Best results

Have you ever washed you windows thoroughly, just to watch new spots appear on the glass?  It isn’t fun to waste time cleaning without seeing improvements.  Professional window cleaners will have the tools, chemicals, and knowledge necessary to ensure the best results, so you won’t have to worry about whether your windows will stay clean.

Extend lifespan

Simply put, clean windows last longer.  For example, if a window washer discovers mold or rot on a windowsill, they will know how to remedy the problem quickly.  By fixing issues before they have the chance to grow any worse, window washers can extend the lifespan of your windows while protecting them from damage.

Window cleaning services completed by Chevy Chase Exteriors means you can expect sparkling windows and a beautiful home.  Our service areas for window cleaning is all of Northwest DC and lower Montgomery County.  To learn about more options, visit our Window Cleaning page or give us a call at 202-981-0468.

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Why Hire a Professional Window Washer?

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Window cleaning can boost curb appeal and improve the look of your home; with the service of a professional window washer, it’s easy to keep your windows sparkling.  Although it may not seem like a tough task, there are multiple benefits to hiring the pros.  Here are some ways a professional cleaning can keep your windows at their best:

Cleaning safely and effectively

If you have a two-story home, a ladder will be necessary to properly clean all of your windows. Not only is working on a ladder with cleaning buckets and equipment dangerous—it is also tiring and time-consuming! Unfortunately, windows can still end up with streaks and residue after a day of hard work.  However, the pros have the proper cleaning equipment to reach even the most difficult corners and panes.  They are also trained in the safest, most effective methods, so you are gaurunteed the best results.

Spotting problems

Problems with your windows can be difficult to spot, and often go untreated.  Such problems can include wood rot on windowsills, ill-fitting screens, or damaged window panes.  By noticing the problem areas early, you can save money fixing them.  A professional window washer will also have knowledge of how to best go about treating the damage.

Extending window life

To make your windows last longer, cleaning them thoroughly is essential.  Without upkeep, the lifespan of your windows (and windowsills) can shrink; though they may not seem like a danger, even aluminum screens can cause deterioration.  A professional cleaning can help avoid this outcome.  By using the proper chemicals to clean, the pros will ensure your windows stay healthy for years to come.

If you are interested in having your windows professionally cleaned, don’t hesitate to call us at 202-981-0468 or learn more on our Window Cleaning page.  Our service areas for window cleaning is all of Northwest DC and lower Montgomery County.

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The Benefits of Regular Deck Staining

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Why Hire a Professional Pressure Washer?

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When it comes to cleaning, there are plenty of benefits to hiring a professional pressure washer. Here are four things you should take into account before cleaning your home’s exterior:

  • Safety

Although you may think pressure washing would be an easy task to learn quickly, it’s a job best left to the professionals. Trying to pressure wash without proper knowledge and experience can be dangerous—both to you and your property.  Pressure washing machines are not simple tools to use; they are intense no matter the size of the machine. Professional pressure washers are trained, licensed, and insured to protect themselves and their customers.  If a problem occurs, they will have the knowledge and the tools to fix it.

  • Property Damage

The last thing you want to happen when cleaning your home is to cause damage to it.  If you run into problems—think mold, rot, and hard-to-reach places—while pressure washing, chances are you will need to contact a professional to remedy the situation. The pros will know what to do when those tricky unexpected variables come into play, ensuring you get the most out of a pressure washing.

  • Accurate Cleaning

Not all cleaning solutions are suitable for you home’s exterior.  While a homemade mixture might not cause damage, there’s no telling how long the cleaning solution’s effects will actually last. When you hire a professional, the surface being cleaned will be taken into account, from the material’s porosity to the effects of the sun.  This, in conjunction with the correct pressure washing settings and temperature, guarantees the cleanest results.

  • Saves Time and Money

The pros will get the job done faster and more effectively than a DIY cleaning can. Hiring a professional pressure washer saves money in the long run, because the results will last much longer.  Plus, there’s no need to purchase, store, or maintain any equipment.  You could use the extra time on your hands to tackle another home improvement project—or just relax!

Visit our pressuring washing page or call us at 202-981-0468 to learn more about our pressure washing services.  We help customers with all of their deck cleaning and maintenance needs in lower Montgomery County, MD and Northwest DC.

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The Importance of Deck Cleaning and Maintenance

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While a deck can serve as a great outdoor space for any home, many homeowners are not aware of the importance of deck cleaning and maintenance.  Here are three reasons why upkeep is key to making the most of your deck:

Property Value: 

Your deck acts as a natural extension of your house; to get the most out of it, regular cleaning is required.  A well-maintained deck can increase the property value and curb appeal of a home.  Without correct care, however, decks can actually decrease the value of a property.  A deck that requires extensive work to restore will draw the negative attention of homebuyers.  Luckily, regular cleaning and maintenance can keep your deck looking as good as new, while also benefitting the value of your property overall.

Health & Safety: 

While green growths on a deck are eyesores, they can also be hazards to one’s safety and health. Rain causes mold, mildew, and algae to spread on a deck’s surface.  Thanks to the unwanted growths, the deck’s surface can become slippery and hazardous. Mold and algae can also cause serious health issues. If your deck is bad shape, don’t be discouraged; there are methods to restore your deck to its original state. The importance of deck cleaning and maintenance is not only to benefit its appearance—it also curbs the negative effects of growths, making your deck a safe place to relax and entertain.

Preventative Measures:

Your deck doesn’t need to be old to benefit from cleaning—in fact, there are many methods that can help prolong a new deck.  If you want to stain or seal you deck, investing in a thorough deck cleaning beforehand will pay off in the long run.  Having your deck washed is a way to ensure amazing results that will last longer, while also reducing the amount of maintenance required in the future.

Deck Lifespan: 

The unpleasant and unhealthy growths that develop on your deck are not only a health hazard; your deck’s lifespan can also become greatly compromised and reduced. Your deck has a lifespan just like any other component of your home.  Due to its outdoor location, your deck is never spared from the elements of nature.  The breakdown process caused by rain, moisture, and sun’s UV rays can wreak havoc if not treated properly.  The effects of the weather are inevitable no matter what material your deck is made of, but there are ways to greatly expand the life of your deck.

If you aren’t sure where to start, visit our deck page or call us at 202-981-0468.  We would be happy to help you  make the most of your outdoor space! We help customers with all of their deck cleaning and maintenance needs in lower Montgomery County, MD and Northwest DC.

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