Should I Buy Or Rent A Pressure Washer?

If you only use a pressure washer once or twice a year, it may make more sense to rent a pressure washer than to buy one. Here are a few things to think about before investing in one.

Usage Frequency

How often you use a pressure washing is the determining factor in whether owning one is a worthwhile investment. Do you use a pressure washer once in the spring for an annual deck cleaning or for a one-time project you don't expect to repeat? If you will wash a deck or roof a few times a year it may be more cost effective and convenient to have your own washer. If you only need the pressure washer for a day, and don’t foresee a need for it in the future, then renting is definitely the answer.

Cost Concerns

Depending on the area you live in, the average cost for renting a pressure washer is usually around $60 a day. You can find a pressure washer to buy for under $350. If you don’t think you will get a lot of use out of the washer, renting sounds like a better choice.

Upkeep and Repairs

One of the advantages of renting a pressure washer is that if it malfunctions you won’t be the one to pay for the repair. Any time you are dealing with mechanical equipment you have to deal with the potential of break downs and parts going out. Owning a machine means you have to maintain it.

Review your use of a pressure washer over several years of homeownership, totaling the amount you have spent on renting. Compare that to the cost of buying one, factoring in the convenience of always having one at the ready. Your decision will be apparent.