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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 Outdated color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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“In September, MBJessee finished painting two sides of our 3-story condominium building (six owners). We were impressed by the professionalism of the company and every one of its workers, Matt Jessee couldn't have been more helpful in planning the project. His painters were well-trained, easy to communicate with and eager to please. In addition to painting the stucco, they made extensive repairs on windows and frames, which will save us considerable money in the future. They finished earlier than anticipated, with as many as five men working on the job, and the scaffolding came down the next day. All of us were delighted with the results. Now my husband and I are looking forward to having MB Jessee paint our own apartment later this month. Matt and Gustavo (who will be our crew leader again) have explained how they will work to make the painting proceed smoothly while we're living here, and they have been endlessly patient with our protracted decision-making process. If you look at their website, you'll learn that MB Jessee is an exemplary company that takes good care of its workers as well as its customers, and contributes public service projects to the community. All in all, we can't recommend MB Jessee highly enough.”

— Jayne W.
San Francisco, CA

“We just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the work of MB Jessee Painting and your employees. Everything turned out beautiful. Our foreman was great! He was punctual, professional, neat and very accommodating ... and went the extra mile. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family.”

— Michelle & Rivers Gee

“In all the years I've worked with MB Jessee, I'm always so impressed by your crews. They are so respectful of everything--you never even know they're there! Except that the paint looks amazing when they're gone. We've had one showing of our home and already have an offer. I'm sure it is because the paint looks so beautiful.”

— Erin T.
Pleasant Hill

“Matt, Julie & Ricardo, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the three of you for the wonderful job you did in hosting the SFBA NARI Chapter Meeting on Wednesday evening. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. Members and guests alike walked away with a truly positive experience. The "painter for a day" and the cookies in the paint cans were an absolute brilliant touch and received rave reviews. What a wonderful way to do such positive marketing. Thanks again for a truly memorable experience for our members and guests. You are valued as a NARI member.”

— Judy Tufo, SFBA NARI Executive Director

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walk through experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3 year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua Jansen

“M.B. Jessee painted the exterior of my Spanish house over 9 years ago, and they did such an incredible job that they are still getting referrals from me today. The paint is holding up perfectly -- there is absolutely no peeling chipping or any other deterioration. I still remember that my final walk-through list consisted of items written on one side of a 3x5 index card (and I'm REAL picky about my house!) However, when Matt and I did that walk-through over HALF the items were no longer an issue, as his team had noticed them first and they had already been resolved.”

— JoAnn Newcomb

“I highly recommend MB Jesse Painting to anyone looking for a professional team that does an impressive job. They are on time, efficient and clean up well each and every day they are on site. They pay attention to detail and listen to the needs of their clients. In addition, they give back to the community. A Five Star team all the way around.”

— Erin Troy

“I had my wooden kitchen cabinets painted white. Anabal and Danielle were doing the job. I have nothing but praise for them. They came on time, cleaned up every day, were respective, friendly and helpful. If the rest of Jessee's crew are as great as Anabal and Danielle, this company will go far.”

— Anni S.
Oakland, CA

“It was a great experience working with MB Jessee. The crew was careful and thorough as they painted the house, sealed stucco cracks, repaired dry-rotted wood, stained the deck, etc. Robert, Gersson, Jose, and all of the people involved in the process from the estimate to the job completion were friendly and professional.”

— Mike C.
Livermore, CA

“Everyone I dealt with was nice, helpful, and very professional. The price was reasonable! (I didn't feel like I was getting the "San Francisco price." The attention to detail and work quality was excellent. They did what they said they would do in the exact timeframe they said they would do. Highly recommend!”

— Tim Tyson

“The painters at MB Jesse are top notch! Cesar's team was super friendly and helpful. They were very polite and accommodating. Their expertise in everything painting related was evident in their attention to detail and efficiency painting tricky spaces. The apartment looks brand new!”

— Adam Swisher

“Julie, by the way, I have never been so impressed with the service of a painting job before! It was like magical elves came and painted our walls without us having to do a thing! It looks amazing and just wanted to let you know how happy we are. Thanks”

— Anja