When you see a house that looks like it’s been freshly painted, it’s probably because it has been soft-washed. Soft washing is an inexpensive and eco-friendly way to give your home a fresh new look. With the cost of oil-based paints on the rise, more homeowners are considering this alternative.

The soft wash process can be done on almost any type of home, and it works incredibly well on cedar siding and vinyl siding homes. It’s a chemical process that results in cleaner, clearer wood while also making it last longer by protecting it from rot. It’s the most common question we get. “How much does it cost to soft wash my house?”  and “How much does it cost to power wash my house?”

We never pressure wash a house or a roof; we refer to the procedure as soft washing rather than pressure washing or power washing. Still, we understand that some people use pressure washing/power washing symbolically instead of soft washing.

What is Soft Washing?

A soft wash is a cleaning process used to wash the exterior of houses, decks, fences, decks, and roofs. It’s a chemical process that results in cleaner, clearer exterior surfaces while also lasting longer by protecting them from the elements. Soft washing must be done every 1 to 3 years to maintain the look, depending on where you live. Soft washing is simply applying a chemical wash to the outside of your house to make it look freshly painted without having to remove the old paint. The chemicals used in the process are designed to penetrate the surface of the siding and the joints and crevices of the boards. Once applied, the chemicals react with the minerals and organic matter in the wood, causing a chemical reaction that turns the wood a much darker color.

How Much Does it Cost to Soft Wash a House?

The average cost to pressure wash a house in Bergen County, New Jersey, is approximately $350 (from $290 to $440 for a 1,500 to 2,000 square foot house). Standard pressure washing services cost around $0.15-$0.35 per square foot (depending on the type of materials, time of year, and location) but can go as high as $0.40-$0.80 a square foot depending on the amount of pressure washing required.

Typically, if the square footage and the size of the house soft wash are less than $350, a highly specialized pressure washing company such as North Jersey Soft Washing might not be a good fit.

What Determines How Much it Cost to Pressure Wash a House?

Power washers typically estimate residential jobs based on one of three pricing strategies: Per square foot or linear foot Per hour Flat rate. Rates also differ based on the service. A flat rate for exterior house cleaning is less than if you want gutter cleaning. Driveway power washing adds footage to the job and increases the price, as do fences and decks.  Each has a different average cost per square foot.  Where fences and decks could be as low as $0.25 per square foot, driveways and sidewalks cost $0.15 per square foot.

When a North Jersey Soft Washing provides a soft washing estimate, we will consider several factors that can increase or decrease the cost of your project.

Factors that determine pressure washing prices include:

  • Location of your home (areas are different based on the cost of living).
  • Size of your house, deck, or patio.
  • Height of your house.
  • Ability to access the house, deck, or patio.
  • Access to water could impact the project’s setup and duration.
  • Landscaping and trees around the house.
  • Type of material being cleaned (vinyl siding, brick, concrete, wood).
  • The amount of dirt and type of stains on the surface.
  • If there is mold involved.
  • The complexity of surface and job.

Cheap house soft washing is not always best. A contractor who operates without liability or workers’ compensation insurance can charge less to perform the work since they are without this added expense. Furthermore, if you’re not being charged sales tax, you’re not dealing with a legitimate company. These are your choices; the homeowner will have to weigh when making your decision.

Is Power Washing or Pressure Washing Cheaper?

Power Washing with heated water is better for removing grease, salt, mildew, and mold from outdoor surfaces, such as decks, driveways, and patios than simply using unheated water for pressure washing. Although less effective, you can use pressure washers on almost any surface, keeping things like your driveway, siding, decks, and patios looking fresh every spring. Since power washing requires heated water, it can cost 10-15% more than quoted prices.

You can either power washing or pressure washing methods for a house wash. Many homeowners have switched to soft washing as their preferred method for deep cleaning a house without causing any damage because it can clean the sides of a home more effectively than power or pressure washing. Using eco-friendly cleaning products in conjunction with it can achieve the same result.

How much does it cost to Power Wash, a Deck?

The cost to pressure wash a deck is between $200 and $400 (for 500-square-feet). The range breaks down from $0.30 to $0.70cents per square foot.

North Jersey Soft Washing is an experienced power washing company with a minimum of  $250 for a deck soft washing. Certain environmental factors, including deck size, height, and material, may affect this cost, but you should expect to pay around $250-300 to have your deck pressure washed (or close to that amount). There are slight differences in cost based on surface material when pressure washing an aluminum, natural wood, teak, or composite deck.

How much does it cost to pressure wash and stain a deck? To power wash, stain, and seal your deck, expect to spend between $0.75 and $1.50 per sq. ft.

What is the cost of roof cleaning?

We know most people look up how much roof pressure washing costs, but when it comes to your home’s roof, you should never pressure wash your roof; instead, do a soft roof wash. The price of a soft wash on a roof varies from $500 to $1,000, depending on the slope of the roof and its size. Because there are so many variables involved when quoting a roof, there is no average cost. If the moss is thick and must be removed immediately instead of waiting weeks for it to fall off, the price might be even higher.

For a roof wash in New Jersey, we have a minimum cost of $500. This is because roof washing is a delicate process that combines soaps and surfactants to restore your roof without damaging the shingles as a pressure washer can. There is also more danger involved in power washing a roof than a fence or deck. North Jersey Soft Washing does offer prorated pricing.  Sometimes, you only need the front of your roof cleaned to remove moss and debris. In those cases, we are happy to work with customers to pro-rate the cost of roof cleaning.

How Much Does Power Washing Cost in New Jersey?

Mold, mildew, algae, and other debris can cause severe damage to New Jersey homes, mainly if they are located in Bergen County, NJ. Seeing stains on your home’s exterior is an unpleasant reminder of what the weather can do. This damage can negatively impact your home’s value.

In North Jersey, there is only an 8-9 month window to allow house washing. This is why the cost of soft washing a house or power washing a deck in Northern regions is higher than in warmer climates.

While pressure washing is relatively simple, it does come with risks and hazards. Knowing the limits of your equipment and the materials you’re washing is crucial when washing. For example, because wood is softer than concrete, you will not use as much pressure to clean it. If you don’t, you may damage the wood or incur additional repair charges.

Using a pressure washer improperly or carelessly is also dangerous. An accidental laceration can occur when a pressure washer’s powerful spray passes over your skin. And there is an increased chance of slipping and falling. Because of these risks, hiring a local pressure washing professional is a good idea. North Jersey Soft Washing is a local soft washing company with trained professionals and personal safety equipment to do the best job.