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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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“Just had MB Jessee paint the interior of our house and they did a wonderful job. They tackled some crazy wallpaper as well as painted some very high ceilings and walls. The whole process was quick and they did a great job! We are very pleased. I was also very impressed by the crew. They were very personable, kind and actually took pride in the work they were doing. In one of our conversations with the lead Ricardo, he actually told me he was very proud of how the rooms had turned out. I agree sir! It turned out great and it's not often you hear someone thinking of your home like they would theirs, and putting that level of work and quality into it. That made a huge difference in how I viewed this company. Ricardo, you were fantastic and thank you for the great job, we will be using you again.”

— Jeff M.
Danville, CA

“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

“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

“I want to express my thanks for a job well done. The rooms look great and there is no problem with any marks on the all the trim, floor, carpet, etc. The paint job is lovely. I also want to express my thanks for the level of professionalism the foreman showed in running the job. He was very attentive to any changes I needed to make, was extremely careful in getting the faux paint color and effect correct. Thanks so much for a job well done.”

— Suzan D’Arcy

“The people at M.B. Jessee are great – from the painters to the office staff to Matt. Talk about leadership from the top.”

— Kevin Ames, Mark Becker Homes

“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

“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

“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

“Just wanted to let you know that the crew was great to have around the house for the past two weeks. All three of them were professional, courteous, and attentive to my thoughts/concerns and were extremely knowledgeable. They paid great attention to the detail and it shows.”

— Mark & Roberta Gross

“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

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

— Paul Markovich

“MB Jessee painters are stellar! As a designer I've worked with numerous companies over the years, and MB Jessee is a top-notch firm. From the first phone call to the final clean up, every person is courteous, professional, and hard working. The owner, Matt, is a charitable leader who has instilled his team with integrity and honesty providing the customer with a first class experience at a fair price with a paint job that is guaranteed to last. I highly recommend MB Jessee. Thank you Matt and your STAR crew-Daniel, Rigoberto, Vicente, Edy, Pedro, and Mario, for a job well executed! Cynthia Brian, ASID, Starstyle® Productions, llc”

— Cynthia Brian
Morgan, CA