In time, the factory paint will fade, get thin, and will oxidize, and become powdery/chalky. This will be very pronounced in areas exposed to sunlight. Wipe your fingers across the old aluminum siding and you’ll see the white powder/chalk all over your fingers. When washing this siding take care to not use too much pressure. How much is too much? In my opinion, anything much more than what you get out of a garden hose will be too much. Here’s why: using heavy pressure such as a pressure washer at a close distance (less than 24″ or so) will remove the oxidized paint very unevenly and create very unsightly “zebra striping”. Therefore we usually use a mildew/detergent cleaning solution with very low-pressure rinsing of aluminum siding. This will kill and remove the mildew, pollution, and surface dirt…and without the zebra striping. You will still have the chalking on the surface but it will look as good as it can be.
Most aluminum siding in our area is now 30 years old or more. It is old and tiring. It’s rarely going to look great again, just good… and of course, will never look like new…unless you paint it. Additionally, areas of the aluminum siding that are under-protected soffits & eaves, and the like are usually not subject to the gentle rinsing & cleaning of normal rainfall. Over time the surface dirt and pollution, not washed away, will fester on the surface and produce permanent light to heavy staining which will not usually be removed by cleaning. These permanent stains are sometimes faint, sometimes obvious. They can usually be reduced but not eliminated.
When repainting aluminum siding we do utilize high-pressure washing to prepare the surface. In this case, it’s necessary to remove as much of the oxidized paint (the chalk) as possible to yield a properly cleaned surface for the paint to adhere to.
Alexandria VA – Pressure Washing & Other Areas We Serve
Our service area extends from Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. Here are some of the areas we serve: Alexandria, VA, Arlington VA, Centreville VA, Chantilly VA, Clifton VA, Culpeper VA, Dulles VA, Falls Church VA, VA, Fairfax VA, Fredericksburg VA, Herndon VA, Leesburg VA, Lorton VA, Manassas Park VA, Manassas VA, Marshall VA, McLean VA, Middleburg VA, Occoquan VA, Purcellville VA, Reston VA, Spotsylvania VA, Springfield VA, Triangle VA, Vienna VA, Warrenton VA, and Woodbridge VA.
Contact Renorr Dynamics for Aluminum Siding Pressure Washing
I hope you found this helpful. Please call or contact us or call or text us at (703) 929-5611. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a free consultation or schedule a cleaning of your aluminum or vinyl siding, roof shingles, house, deck, fence, driveway, walkway, etc. We serve the following areas.