The cost to power wash a driveway is probably not something you’d normally consider when thinking about the overall cost of maintaining a home. However, power washing your driveway is a chore that needs to be done occasionally because rain, standard sprinklers, and hoses often aren't strong enough to clean off the grime, oil, and grease that collects there. There are several options available if you find that your driveway needs a good cleaning.
Below, you’ll find Porch’s pressure washing estimate calculator, which will help you get an idea of how much your particular driveway will cost to clean.
Read on to learn about the different types of power washing, including what tasks they’re best suited for and how much you can expect the task to cost.
|What you can expect|
|Range per square foot:||$0.35||$0.44|
|Range for this type of project:||$147||$183|
Driveway Washing Labor, Basic
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete project. Solid dirt and debris will be cleared from surface. Cleaner will be applied with light brushing, and driveway surface will be thoroughly power-washed. Fee is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of installation site, and meticulous cleanup.
Driveway Washing Job Supplies
Requisite supplies for the job, including masking tape and paper, materials for surface repair, solvents, and cleanup supplies.
Driveway Washing Equipment Allowance
Daily rental of specialty equipment for maximum quality and efficiency. These include 3,000-plus PSI, 4 GPM, gasoline-fueled power washer. Consumable equipment elements not included.
|cost to power wash driveway|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per square foot||$0.05|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 640 square foot||$211.79|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 640 square foot||$190.06 - $233.53|
Determining the cost of power washing a driveway might seem to be a simple matter of either renting a power washer and doing it yourself or hiring a professional, but many other considerations go into the total cost of the task. When trying to figure out how much to pressure wash a driveway, consider these mitigating factors:
There are three types of power washing. Each type has its own set of characteristics and is best suited to particular tasks:
One of the biggest factors to inform the overall cost to power wash a driveway is the size of the driveway.
If you consider the size of a single-car driveway to be approximately 10 feet by 40 feet, the cost of power-washing ranges between $120 and $260. A two-car driveway of 20 feet by 40 feet costs between $240 and $390, while a four-car driveway of 30 feet by 60 feet costs between $260 and $520. All these costs include labor.
The cost of buying a gas-powered residential power washer averages between $250 and $700, without consideration for the additional equipment you may need.
If you don’t intend to hire a professional to do the work for you and buying the necessary equipment isn’t an option, you’ll need to consider the costs associated with renting a power washer.
Some of the equipment listed here isn’t available for rent, so some items must be bought:
The question of whether you should hire a professional to power wash a driveway or do it yourself is an easy one to answer. A simple cleaning without specialized equipment or detergents can easily be done as a DIY project. All it really requires is a little caution to ensure you don’t damage your driveway or cause harm to yourself by accidentally directing the spray at your body.
If the cleaning project requires stain removal, a gentler spray, or a self-contained water source, then consider hiring a professional. In these instances, trusting the expertise and labor of skilled professionals costs more, but you’ll benefit from their knowledge and experience.
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