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5 great reasons why you should choose PlanetGreen Powerwash!

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1. Owner-Operated: You get the most professional, personalized service in the industry. Other companies send technicians that will do no more and possibly less then what’s instructed by their companies. At PlanetGreen PowerWash, the owner will handle your every need directly and if we see spot areas that need to be cleaned during the service, we will take care of those areas as well at no extra charge. We do what it takes to ensure you are 100% satisfied with your clean.
2. Reputation: PlanetGreen PowerWash is an Angies List 4 time consecutive Super Service Award Winner with an A rating. We’ve also earned a 5 star rating on Yelp. Please take a moment to stop by and take a look at what our customers are saying. Why would you trust anyone else with your biggest investment?
3. Reasonably priced: Professional results at reasonable prices. Are we the cheapest? Probably not, but if it’s just the price you’re only interested in then we have to quote a certain famous gentleman who said it best. “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin.
4. Professional service: As a certified wood restoration specialist, the owner will explain in detail your options for re-surfacing your decks. Everything from what type of stain to use such as (oil/acrylic/latex) based on your surroundings, degree of vegation, more shade or sun, moisture levels etc. to the steps needed to keeping them maintained to ensure they stay healthy and like new for as long as you own your home. It’s not as simple as just throwing any stain on your deck if it doesnt match your surroundings.
5. Quality: Time is not money to us, time is quality and we will take as long as it’s needed to finish the job until its done right. We don’t just rush through your project because we have a heavy schedule. We get the job done right the first time, just ask our clients!

Why shouldn’t you use a solid stain or paint on your deck?

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I guess the question can be, “why would you use a solid stain or paint on your deck”? Well I’ve gotten the same answer from many customers who say they simply don’t want to have to worry about re-staining or painting it for many years. I actually cringe when I hear that answer because all I  want to do is blurt out, “but you are destroying this beautiful deck!!!” Of course I simply smile and gently let them know that in all reality this actually does more harm than good. Let me explain.

The film-forming properties of these paints and coatings work against them in these situations. Penetrating semitransparent stains and water repellent finishes, on the other hand, do not generally peel or blister as they age. They fade and erode off the surfaces as they weather, making re-coating a much easier task. Wood is a dynamic substrate. Paints merely sit on the woods surface and do not absorb in effect offering little to no protection. Even though they’re made to be walked on, they are not appropriate for decks! Unless you paint the deck boards on all sides, floor paints will surely peel. This is because moisture will come through the bottom and sides of the boards and actually push the paint off!

Solid stains while excellent for the siding of your home, are not appropriate for decks! The product is quite soft, and will wear off quickly. Also, because it sits more on the surface, solid stains will peel in the same manner as floor paints.

The picture below shows a deck flooring that had a previous solid stain on the surface. As you can see after attempts of cleaning & stripping the surface with a stripping solution and low pressure, remnants of the stain remain. Sanding would be another option that becomes very costly to the homeowner. The second picture shows a much less costly alternative and that is to refinish the deck with a semi-solid stain in a like a color that will blend into the previous stain and look very nice. This will make it much easier to remove when its time to clean and re-seal and give the homeowner more options of changing to a different sealer tint.

To remedy all of this, keep your deck maintained with a semi-transparent oil based sealer. There are quite a few tints to choice from, much easier to maintain and save the homeowner hundreds to even thousands of dollars in the long run.

 

Bishop Before Clean Stain

Bishop after clean stain

The Importance of Pressure Washing Your Home

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Your home is your most expensive investment, obviously. A homeowner will keep it clean on the inside and sometimes pay for a maid service to come and clean it weekly. A homeowner will also hire a landscaping or mowing service to keep the yard and bushes trimmed and neat looking. When it comes to keeping the siding, brick, stone, or concrete clean though, most people don’t even think about it

A homeowner, or business owner, will probably look at a filthy driveway or sidewalk like it is supposed to look like a slum after a while. Well, that’s half right. After a while the exterior of any building will become filthy from dirt and grime, but, it is not supposed to remain unattended. A person will wash their car every week whether it needs it or not, but not even think about their house. Why?

Procrastination and “its not that bad” are the two biggest excuses. Dirt and grime only make your property stand out in the neighbourhood as an eye-sore, but mold and fungus are a really big problem. Mold and fungi are living organisms and, by definition, living things must eat. Well, what do you think they are eating? If a homeowner or business owner does not hire a professional pressure washing service, then those living things are going to eat right through the walls. Just because it does not ‘look that bad’ does not actually mean that it is ‘not that bad.’ Pressure washing companies are inexpensive and certainly cheaper than replacing a whole wall.

Many health problems are directly associated with mold so the last thing a person should want is to be surrounded by it. When mold and fungi are easily seen on the siding, brick, stone, deck, fence or concrete, then it has been time to have your house expertly cleaned. Pressure washing is a much more skilled trade than most realize. First, pressure washing is a real job, real work and real dangers. Pressure washing takes a great deal of know-how and experience. If a person puts 3000 or 4000 pound per square inch of water to a soft surface without being properly trained, the least that will happen is that a homeowner will spent a bunch of money on repairs.

Almost everyone has a wrench and a screw driver, but when your car breaks down, you know that you have to take it to an expert mechanic that knows what he is doing, The same is true for pressure washing. You will have a much better day and have much better results if you just hire professional pressure washers.

A complete house wash is recommended to be done at least once a year. Not only will it dramatically improve the appearance and increase the value of you home or business, it will save you a ton of money in future.

PlanetGreen PowerWash wins the Angie’s List 2013 Super Service Award!

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2013 super service award

PlanetGreen PowerWash has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013. This award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service.

Founder & Owner,  Mike Phillips:

“All of us at PlanetGreen PowerWash would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful clientele for helping us to achieve this prestigious award. We take tremendous pride in providing only the highest quality service to our customers and this award truly exemplifies our hard work in achieving that goal. We would also like to thank Angie’s List and their partnership in helping us to achieve this award. It has been a very rewarding relationship and we look forward to another very successful year together”.

“Only about 5 percent of the companies PlanetGreen PowerWash competes with in Northern Virginia are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

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