The advantages of pressure washing are numerous for the house owner and very convenient for the business minded. Whatever the purpose of purchasing a pressure washer, you must be aware of the different types and models of pressure washers available in the market.
Aside from knowing the basic types of washer, a lot of important points should be considered when you are about to purchase a pressure washer for your home. For a worthwhile purchase, take note of the pressure washer buying tips mentioned below.
First of all, you must know that pressure washers may come with an electric supply or a gas-powered engine. Either of the two type of power supply will provide the same benefits to dirty walls or pathways however, their specifications may be different.
Electricity supplied pressure washing equipment is generally more convenient as it is lightweight and mostly sold with a cheaper price compared to gas-powered pressure washers. Electric pressure washing is recommended for cleaning cars and other surfaces with a small area. With electric pressure washers, no annoying sounds are heard and smoke from fumes are avoided while cleaning as compared to gas pressure washers.
If you choose to buy electric, take note of the amperage (amps) capability of the electric motor. As a general rule, the higher the value of amperage (amps), the higher the power and water pressure produced by the product.
Gas powered washers on the other hand are bulkier and more expensive. However, the range of activities and the efficiency of the pressure washing activity are better than its electric counterpart. Gas powered pressure washers are actually recommended for use outdoors and if the area you are going to clean is large or heavily stained. Gas powered washers last longer and remove dirt faster than electrically powered ones.
Gas powered washers have a different rating and are quantified depending on the horse power the engine. A higher horse power would mean a higher power rating for gas powered engines. Also, there are two types of gas powered engines: the Side valve (L-head) type and the Overhead Valve (OHV) type.
Never purchase side valve types even when the price is cheaper compared to overhead types. Side valve types are easily damaged and they are not very efficient in cleaning at all. Overhead valves are more updated, durable, produce less noise, and last longer than the traditional side valve types.
The next thing to decide is the type of water supply appropriate for the type of surface areas present in your home residence. The water supply can either be hot or cold. A hot water supply would be perfect if you own any large industry or farm area. Hot pressure washing is generally more efficient in removing difficult types of stains and dirt accumulation in large or big areas.
Pressure washing with cold water is generally indicated for home owners who want to maintain their driveways, walkways, patios, cars, or rooftops. Cold water supply washers are cheaper, more mobile and more light weight than those with hot water supply.
Finally when choosing a brand, it is best to conduct research and choose reliable brand manufacturers/suppliers. This goes when choosing an engine and pump brand for your washer. A reliable engine brand will give you more coverage and advice when it comes to defects encountered during pressure washing.
Prior to buying a pressure washer for you, it is important that you determine how it is going to be used so that you can buy the right type of washer for your home or business property.