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5 Signs That It’s Time to Paint Your Bay Area Home

 5 Signs That It’s Time to Paint Your Bay Area Home

As a professional painting company, we often get asked, "How do I know when it's time to repaint my house?" The truth is, there are several clear signs to watch for.

We also like to remind homeowners that not only does a fresh coat of exterior paint make your house look better, but it also offers key protection from the elements. Because of this, we don’t advise waiting until total paint failure to repaint. Routine maintenance is a smarter way to go, plus it drives down costs over time.

With that in mind, here are some tips for knowing when it's time to repaint your Bay Area house.

1. Fading or peeling paint

If you notice that the paint on your home's exterior is fading, peeling, or cracking, it's time to repaint. Fading paint can be caused by exposure to sunlight, while peeling or cracking can be caused by moisture getting under the paint. Either way, give your local painter a call.

2. Chalking

If you notice a powdery substance on the exterior of your home, it's a sign of “chalking.” Chalking occurs when the paint breaks down due to exposure to the sun and weather, and is a clear sign that your surfaces need TLC.

3. Stains or water damage

If you notice stains or water damage on the exterior of your home, it's time to call your painter. You might not need a full repaint - a localized repair/paint job could be enough to do the trick. It’s worth checking into though since water can lead to rot and other damage if left untreated.

4. Fungus or mold growth

Fungus or mold growing on the exterior of your home can be a sign that your paint is too old to offer the same level of protection it once did. Moisture is getting under the paint, leaving your property vulnerable.

5. Outdated color

If your curb appeal is leaving you cold, mix things up a bit with a new look! Sometimes fresh exterior paint is a need, not a want, and that can be a fun opportunity.

 5 Signs That It’s Time to Paint Your Bay Area Home


Q: How often should I repaint my house?

A: The frequency of repainting your house depends on various factors, including the quality of the paint, the climate in your area, and the amount of exposure to sunlight and weather. Generally speaking, you'll need to paint every 8-12 years with routine maintenance between full repaints.

Q: Can I paint my house myself?

A: While it's possible to paint your house yourself, we recommend hiring a professional painting company to ensure that the job is done right. Painting a house requires specialized tools, techniques, equipment, and safety training.

Q: What type of paint should I use for my house?

A: The type of paint you should use depends on various factors, including the climate in your area, the type of surface you're painting, and your personal preferences. We recommend consulting with a professional painting company to determine the best type of paint for your specific needs.

Have more house painting questions?

Contact us at MB Jessee Painting! It would be our pleasure to chat with you, creating a clear plan for how to protect and enhance your home.

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