Pressure washing is a wise investment in your property’s well-being, but how much will it run you?
In this article, we’ll answer just that and provide a pressure washing estimate calculator so you can plug and play with several variables.
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A decade of residential and commercial pressure washing led me to start JCS Refresh. Now I can share my knowledge with folks like you.
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Our pressure washing estimate calculator is here to give visitors an average price to gauge a specific service, or bundle of services.
How much does pressure washing cost?
The average professional pressure washer charges $30 to $160 per hour.
Mild-to-moderate jobs cost around $0.15 to $0.35 per square foot, while more challenging projects cost between $0.40 to $0.80 per square foot.
For more involved jobs, companies typically conduct a site visit to measure the area before giving a quote.
Different factors determine the estimated service cost, such as the area’s size, the job type, location, and if you might need a specific service, such as graffiti removal.
Factors that determine pressure washing prices
It’s pretty common that as the square feet increase, the cost per square foot will get cheaper; however, as mentioned, there is no specific rate for a pressure washing service.
Also, professionals usually have a minimum fee for the service.
Take note of the following factors to estimate the upcoming cost you might foresee:
The size of the area affects the estimated cost of the service; it will generally range from $0.15 to $0.50 per square foot, and as the project increases, the lower cost per square foot.
Smaller areas or tasks include a minimum service fee; this charge includes travel, equipment, licensing, insurance, and other related overhead costs.
Every part of the property is cleaned via a particular method, since not all areas can withstand the pressure washer’s power.
As a result, the service price will be based on how delicate the structure’s material is and how long it will take to clean it.
Solid outdoor surfaces such as driveways, patios, pool decks, and walkways follow the average of $0.20 to $0.40 per square foot.
The reason this range is so broad is because professionals might encounter stains and special types of concrete.
Additional services like this include:
- Rust removal
- Paint removal
- Oil stain removal
Moreover, if a driveway is painted or stamped, this will also affect the price. Cleaning companies may need specific chemicals or more time to treat materials appropriately.
Here’s a good read to expand on this topic: How much does it cost to pressure wash a driveway?
Typical siding projects cost $150 to $1,400, which could go up to upwards of $2,500 depending on the size of your project.
Not all siding can withstand high pressure water; thus, experts utilize low-pressure methods like soft washing.
Various types of siding include, but are not limited to:
The condition of the siding also plays a role in price.
For example, notice how dirty the siding is in the picture below. A job of this nature requires more attention compared to a house that gets washed annually.
To pressure wash a fence, the average price range is between $150 to $400, depending on the fence’s height/length and material.
Similar to siding, the type of fence material drastically affects the price of the job.
For example, a softwood fence require special attention, compared to a metal fence. Additionally, if the fence is old and brittle, extra dirty, or stained, these are all factors that must be considered by the cleaning company.
Here’s a good read to expand on this topic.
The average cost to pressure wash a deck or patio ranges from $100 to $350, depending on the size, material, and accessibility of the area.
Most professional companies will charge a base labor rate if patio furniture or large potted plants needs to be moved.
Let’s expand on this topic a little bit.
Gutters cost $0.50 to $1.50 per foot; taller homes require more time and effort for other necessary equipment, which can cost more.
Roof washing costs $0.50 to $1 per square foot; however, this can be more costly due to the expertise and height or slope of the roof. You will need to add another $0.10 per square foot for a sharp pitch.
Also, we advise that you don’t pressure wash your roof. Instead, seek out a soft washing professional.
To learn the difference between both methods, we have a complete guide on soft washing vs. pressure washing.
How to price pressure washing jobs
Pressure washing jobs include various aspects to consider. Below is a basic guide on how to competitively price your services:
The typical estimating method utilized by professionals is either square footage or linear footage.
Square footage must cover the driveways, sidewalks, roofs, fences, decks, garage floors, siding, and commercial cleaning.
Find the length and width of the space, just the same as calculating surface area back in grade school. Then, multiply the length by the width to get the estimated square footage.
Linear footage covers gutters, deck railings, and some commercial applications. In this method, measure the entire length or perimeter to find the total linear foot value.
There are three pricing methods for pressure washing jobs: per square foot, per hour, and flat rate.
- Per square foot lets you cover various shapes and sizes of the structure. The costs usually start from $0.15 and $0.35 per square foot.
- Per hour lets you secure an hourly payment. Experts charge between $30 to $100 per hour.
- Flat rate leans towards experts that can determine rates for a specific job, factors, and timeframe.
The location significantly affects the cost of pressure washing services since it varies from state to state.
This has to do with the cost of travel distance, water supply, taxes, ordinances, and the property’s size and structure per area.
The average rate for labor starts from $30 to $100 per hour, depending on the local market where the house or property is situated.
Equipment and supplies
Professionals utilize high-quality machines and products that make the job easier and quicker. The cost of these things is typically included in the flat-rate charge.
Our pressure washing estimate calculator provides an edge as a customer or an aspiring business owner because it will help you budget your expenses.
As a business owner, remember the essential factors determining services and how to quote a job.
Thank you for reading!