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How long will an exterior paint job last in the San Francisco Bay area?

How long will an exterior paint job last in the San Francisco Bay area?

Whenever you make a big purchase, whether it is a car, a computer, or a couch, one of the most important questions is how long the product will last. This is also very true in the world of paint: before you invest in a new paint job for your home exterior, you need to know how long you can expect it to last.

The average life-expectancy of a professionally done paint job is 7 to 10 years. This can vary, however, based on many factors. Weather, sun exposure, and building materials can all affect the longevity of a paint job, and even the quality of previous home painting can have an impact.

Of the various factors that affect paint longevity, weather and sun exposure are the most significant. Extreme temperature fluctuations and regular freezing and thawing are the fastest destroyers of exterior paint. Fortunately for us here in the Bay area, this is not as much of a concern as it is in other areas of the country. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is another serious concern, however, and it can also reduce the life-expectancy of your paint. UV rays can cause a paint film to break down, causing chalking, fading, and premature failure.

Different materials hold paint better than others. Here in the San Francisco Bay area, most homes are sided with either wood or stucco. Painted stucco tends to have a longer-lasting finish because it expands and contracts less than wood when the weather changes.

Another factor that can have a significant impact on paint longevity is the quality of prior paint jobs. If a previous painting contractor or homeowner neglected proper surface preparation, the paint will fail much sooner. If a home is not sufficiently scraped, sanded, filled, caulked, and primed, it will not only cause premature failure of the current paint job—it will also reduce the durability of future painting projects. Even a high-quality paint job will begin to peel and crack if the paint underneath it was poorly applied.

Finally, the type of paint and number of coats can impact the life-span of a renovation. Oil-based paints have a harder finish than latex or acrylic products, but they are also more brittle. This feature of oil-based paints at first causes hairline cracks, which later expand and lead to flaking and peeling. Also, at the time of application one coat of paint might appear to be enough, but two coats will retain their color and remain intact much longer.

When hiring a painting contractor to refresh or update your home exterior, it is important to find someone who uses high-quality paints and is meticulous in proper surface preparation. In this way you will ensure that your investment looks great and protects your home for as long as possible. MB Jessee is a fantastic San Francisco Bay area painting contractor; we use only the best materials, we pay close attention to using proper techniques at every stage of a job, and we offer a warranty on our work that is far above the industry standard.

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“Matt, We are very happy with how all of the painting worked out. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the work in the bathroom. I liked working with Victor, he and Marvin were extremely conscientious about doing a great job, not just the minimum. I know the front door took a lot longer than you'd expected. But they did it PERFECTLY. We never thought it could turn out like that! Thanks again for the great work. We'll be calling you again in the future!”

— Craig
Alameda, CA

“I can't say enough about how courteous and professional my foreman was. He was on time every morning and arrived cheerful and ready to go. He is highly organized and very thoughtful. He was extremely careful and respectful when moving my belongings - a mature professional.”

— Nora Robinson

“I just wanted to send you an email to say that John did such a great job over here today. He is truly a hard worker. He has the perfect balance of friendliness, honesty, and professionalism. I trust him. He takes the time to do the job to the best of his ability and that is what sets him (and your company) apart from the competition. He didn't make me feel rushed. He really made me feel like our job was the most important thing in the world. Thanks again!”

— Jo
Oakland

“I loved working with M.B. Jessee from start to finish on a relatively small paint job that grew a bit. I felt in very good hands from the moment Matt Jessee came out to give me the estimate and talk about my job. He was very easy to talk to and he handled my changes very well. Then the actual work done by Rigoberto and Mario was impeccable. They were neat and meticulous and the paint job looks beautiful. I could not have asked for more and when I did, they accommodated me 100%. I will not hesitate to call M.B. Jessee again and to refer them to friends.”

— Nancy Kurkjian

“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

“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

“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

“Hello Matt,Just another notice of thanks to your wonderful crew, Rigoberto, Javier and John. They did fantastic work, with Rigo providing meticulous and conscientious attention to the details and excellent woodwork finishing, as evidenced by the beautiful fireplace. Javier did a fantastic job in the bathroom especially, it looks "brand new," and John always does quality work, both with the interior and exterior. I can tell they care about what they do. Rigo's "punch out" was very thorough, too. I will call again when I need some more work and will definitely recommend your company and fine crew. I also felt as a homeowner, I could leave my house in their good hands during the day and that took a lot of worry from me, they were honest, prompt and reliable. They were also very kind, respectful and clean in their work, very professional. Thank you.”

— Beth Marx & Melissa Kirsch
Oakland

“Our paint crew did a great job and the foreman, Gersson was exceptionally great to work with. He was always available to answer questions, good at problem-solving, very patient, kind, and highly professional with great customer service. We definitely recommend this company, and Gersson and his crew.”

— Andrea Y.
Berkeley, CA

“Julie,Just to let you know I am very appreciative of your crew catching the plumbing/mold problem. It was very astute of them. I wanted to let you know that again your crew has done excellent work here, please pass this along to Mr. Jessee. There are some bumps in the road here, but the painting and your crew has not been one of them. Their work is the only thing going right currently, and this crew is very nice and respectful. It is much appreciated. Thank you again.”

— Beth
Oakland

“High quality work from a pleasant and qualified staff. Thank you!”

— Paul Markovich

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