Entering the Water Fed Pole Washing Industry: Selecting The Best Poles

The decision to enter the world of water fed pole washing is not one that you should take lightly.  It, like any new business, requires a degree of starting capital, work ethic and equipment to get started.


The most important thing you will need are the poles, and there are plenty of options available to you when it comes to deciding on what poles are best.  The number and types can be overwhelming for those who are new in the industry.  This blog is going to give you some information to help make the most informed decision possible.


Poles come in a variety of lengths.  When it comes to businesses like window cleaning and washing, it is always better to err on the side of too much than not enough.  In other words, you can always detach a portion of pole when necessary.  However, you cannot add any length without additional pole segments.


Any startup will be expensive.  The necessity of equipment, cleaning supplies, insurance and the like is always going to require investment with enough left over until profits begin.  There is more about price to follow in this blog.


The longer a pole, the more flex becomes something that is important.  All poles will flex, but the amount of flex is based on the materials.


Lighter poles mean less fatigue and can make for more pleasant work days.  A few pounds here and there can be significant after a full day of work.


The cheapest and heaviest option is aluminum.  If you are working above two floors, expect some issues with flex.  Going any higher means the amount of flex is incredibly difficult to control, and the possibilities of accidents are high.

Many choose aluminum as a starting option simply because of cost and upgrade later.


Much more of a standard for the beginner, fibreglass has its place in the water fed pole industry.  They are more expensive than aluminum but have the advantage of less flex and weight.

Good fibreglass poles reach about three stories before flex becomes an issue.  Many of the fibreglass poles are phasing out in favor of hybrid and carbon fibre poles.


The hybrid poles mix both fibreglass and carbon fibre to make a pole.  This is a good option for those who are not ready for the full financial commitment of carbon fibre.


The absolute best option available for those looking into the water fed pole industry is carbon fibre.  Lightweight and easy to manuever even at high heights, carbon fibre is the absolute standard by which other water fed poles are currently measured.

The expense of carbon fibre may be a bit of shock, but the added advantages of the carbon fibre pay dividends over time in every feasible way.

The other advantage of carbon fibre is the availability of types, sizes and lengths.  There is a carbon fibre pole for almost any budget.

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