Power washing may seem the same as pressure washing but there is one huge difference which is heat.  Power washing uses highly pressurized steam to do the cleaning.  Pressure washing uses unheated tap water.  Both spray water, but only power washing uses heat which is more effective when cleaning the grime of New Jersey.  Additionally, heated water is effective in removing salt, grease, and mildew.

Pressure Wash

Pressure wash have become a household tool for chores.    Pressure washers make deep cleaning jobs simple.  They let the water rapidly do the heavy work cleaning deep set-in outdoor grime from your patio, windows, decks, sidewalks, and vehicles.  Pressure washers use a pump to push the water out at variable pressures.

Pressure washer surface cleaner is a game changing accessory.  This time-saving accessory cleans much faster than a standard pressure washer nozzle. It provides a large, streak-free clean with rotating jets of pressurized water while eliminating grime and mold on driveways, patios, and sidewalks.  Clean under your car with the upward cleaning action of a water broom.

A power washer wand can give you maximum control over distance and spray.  Get an extension wand just for your gutters or hard-to-reach places like second stories.  A house pressure washer can keep the dirt and grime on the outside of your home at a minimum. Skip the local coin car wash, car pressure washers make cleaning your vehicle easy and can keep them in great condition, especially in areas that use salt on the roads.

Power Washers

Power washing with heat is effective in removing ice dams and snow from roofs.  Heat removes grease from concrete, cement, and pavers.   Steam cleaning effectively removes dirt, dust, mud, grime, stains, salt, mold, and chewing gum.  Power washing can be used on residential and commercial building facades, sidewalks, stairways, walkways, patios, and driveways.  Public spaces like stadiums, open air plazas, and parking garages need periodic sprucing up.  Vehicles of all types including buses, trucks, boats, and cars.

The pressure put out by a power washer is measured in PSIs, pounds per square inch.  Gas-powered pressure washers typically put out more PSI pressure compared with electric models.  Commercial pressure washers are great for the toughest of stains and paint prep.  For the toughest deep-cleaning jobs consider 3100 PSI pressure washers.  The price range is $139 to $330 for an electric or gas power washer.  For small jobs consider electric or battery models, because there’s no upkeep, no fumes, and most can fit into a closet.  Larger jobs will require the force of a gas pressure washer, it’ll quickly remove the most set-in dirt.

Too much pressure from a power washer could create an unwanted hole in vinyl siding, mark concrete, or splinter wood.   Excessive pressure can lift and pierce asphalt shingles on the roof.  Unless you are trying to strip paint, avoid using a pressure washer on anything painted.  Be careful when using the more powerful pressure washers, they can spray water concentrated enough to cause injuries.


The angle of the spray is usually how nozzles classified and relates to the spread of water spray that they emit.  You can get hurt using any power washer, so be sure to point the spray away from people and pets.

Turbo/rotary nozzles

This 25° spray head is a versatile option because it combines the force of a tight-spraying fan of water with a fast-rotating cone.  Pulsating anywhere from 1,800 to 3,000 RPMs, this nozzles’ great for deep cleaning hard surfaces.

65° black-tipped soaping nozzle

When you’re fortifying your clean water with detergent, this is the nozzle to use.  Gently soap up the surface with an add-on cleaning solution to wash your car or bike with this nozzle, then switch to a different head to rinse.

0° red-tipped jet nozzle

Basically, a water laser, this powerful jet and should be used with extreme caution.  Used to pull caked-on dirt off construction tools and strip away rust on equipment, this nozzle won’t likely see a lot of use around the house.  Pressure washing can be bad for your house if you’re using the wrong nozzle.

15° yellow-tipped jet nozzle 

This is a great nozzle for preparing and cleaning dirt off hard surfaces before painting.  Great for removing weeds and mud from your ATV.

25° green-tipped jet nozzle

Used commonly around the house to wash the car or rinse off the siding, this nozzle is great for adding new life to your boat, driveway, and patio furniture. It sprays out a sheet of water to cover a larger surface area, making cleaning faster than the more precision nozzles.

40° white-tipped jet nozzle

 You’ll notice that the wider the angle, the more mist you’ll get from the jet at a distance.  The 40° nozzle sprays a powerful mist of water that’s ideal for cleaning exterior windows, brick houses, and wood siding.


Most professional power or pressure washing groups will bill you either by the job or by the hour.  You’ll also find that they’re likely to add a surcharge for detergents used or special treatments.  The average labor cost for pressure washing is around $50 – $160 per hour for professionals. Most groups will use industrial-grade electric pressure washers for domestic washing jobs.  The costs for power washing are usually billed on a per-square-foot basis, ranging from $0.30 – $0.80 per square foot to clean your home. These systems are usually gas powered and use very hot water or steam.

Here’s a list of some power washing services and the average costs for each:

  • Spray out gutters $50 to $150
  • Remove mold and mildew from a home’s vinyl siding $170 to $360
  • Clean up pavers or concrete $100 to $270
  • Remove moss from roof $250 to $600
  • Clean decks and patios $120 to $250
  • Wash down fencing $10 to $300

If they’re connecting to your water supply through a garden hose, you can expect to spray out about 10 to 15 gallons of water per minute.  Look at your water bill to get a price per 1,000 gallons.  So, if you’re paying around $5 per 1,000 gallons, and you spend 3 hours spraying down your driveway and walkways, expect to pay about $30.00 in water fees when the bill comes due.

Managing the upkeep on your home’s exterior can help improve its curb appeal and can really improve your quality of life. With clean windows, freshly washed siding and gutters that will work well when the rains come, having a power or pressure washer on hand can help you keep your home looking great for years to come.

Contact Us

Productive painting offers professional power washing and residential, commercial, and industrial interior and exterior painting services to the communities of Wall, NJ and throughout Monmouth County, NJ. Fully licensed and insured, Productive Painting Company is owner operated NJ LICENSE #13VH04439800.  Hours of operation Mon to Fri 8 AM to 5 PM and Saturday 8 AM to 1 PM.  Closed Sundays.

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