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Pressure washing uses high-pressure water to remove dirt and debris from outdoor surfaces. It is commonly performed on the exterior of homes and garages, but it can also be used to clean concrete and asphalt, such as in the case of driveway pressure washing. This can get rid of the grime, fuel emissions, and other dirt that has built up on the driveway over time.

Of course, driveways come in all shapes and sizes. Therefore, costing a pressure washing job will depend on the circumstances of what you need. Depending on where you live and how big your driveway is, your cost for pressure washing may be different than your neighbor’s. The equipment and materials needed will also factor into the cost, so you will need to consider this in your budget.

Pressure washing a driveway: 600 sq.ft.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Materials: solvents, mildew removers, etc. $10-$50 1 $10-$50
Water usage: less than 1000 gallons per 100-200 sq.ft. $1 3-6 $3-$6
Labor Cost $80 per hour 3-6 $240-$480
Total Cost $0.42-$0.89 per sq.ft. 600 $253-$536

 

Other considerations and costs

  • If you are hiring a contractor to pressure wash your driveway, equipment will be included in their labor and materials costs. Just as you wouldn’t pay a carpenter an extra fee for using a nail gun, you aren’t paying an extra fee for equipment when you outsource the pressure washing work.
  • Chemicals and cleaners used to remove weeds, clean mildew and mold, or even get rid of pesky dirt and grime are available at most local big box and home improvement stores. Your pressure washing contractor may also bring them along.
  • Water usage for pressure washing has a minimal impact on cost. 1000 gallons of water costs about $1.50, based on information from the American Water Works Association. Although it seems like excess water is used, pressure washing is actually very eco-friendly because it uses less water with airpower for increased cleaning results.
  • If your driveway needs a little TLC, but you can’t afford to repave or refinish it, a good cleaning could do wonders. Plus, the whole project is rather affordable, even when you pay someone else to do the work.

DIY considerations

  • Pressure washing should never be done on a gravel driveway or non-solid surface. This could erode the earth and rocks and create an unstable surface.
  • If you have the time and skill, you can rent a pressure washer from your local home improvement store and do the work yourself. Instead of paying for professional labor, you’ll just pay for the equipment rental and any materials that you need.
  • While you’re cleaning, spruce up your driveway with some new landscaping along the sides or some new lights. A few extra dollars can go a long way toward enhancing your clean, refreshed drive.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

  • New York, NY$626
  • Bronx, NY$515
  • Brooklyn, NY$429
  • Philadelphia, PA$535
  • Washington, DC$464
  • Atlanta, GA$420
  • Miami, FL$382
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$400
  • Minneapolis, MN$470
  • Chicago, IL$547
  • Houston, TX$564
  • San Antonio, TX$379
  • Austin, TX$429
  • Denver, CO$362
  • Phoenix, AZ$382
  • Las Vegas, NV$420
  • Los Angeles, CA$473
  • San Diego, CA$429
  • San Jose, CA$518
  • Seattle, WA$380

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