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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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“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

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— Carla Banks

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— Erin Troy

“The finish on my kitchen cabinets had failed, becoming tacky and grimy around the handles. M B Jessee gave me a reasonable quote, far below some others, and did an outstanding job, striping the original varnish and refinishing with a new lacquer finish. The cabinets look like new. Work was done 1 day faster than estimated. The crew was extremely hard-working, considerate, and neat. Highly recommend M B Jessee.”

— Thama B.
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“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

“Today I received a beautiful bouquet from your company. It was totally unexpected and very much appreciated--a lovely surprise. Also today, your crew finished my job. I am so pleased with all their fine work. Richard is absolutely amazing and a total delight to work with. He was also extremely helpful during the paint color process. The interior work in my home far exceeded my expectations. A big thank you to you and the crew for an outstanding job. Thank you, thank you for a terrific job!”

— Barbara
Piedmont

“Charles finished yesterday and did a fantastic job. We really enjoyed meeting Charles and having him in our home. He is a great guy in addition to his attention to detail in his work, the protection of our floors, walls and furnishings, and his overall interaction with us both. I would be pleased to recommend him to any of my clients.”

— Ken Morrison
Oakland

“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

“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”

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Morgan, CA

“The completed 'Client Satisfaction Survey' we sent in only modestly reflects our total satisfaction with the work. As a retired small business owner, I compliment you on setting 'best practices' that are consistently followed. Everything described in your marketing materials was a reality! The crew is a super bowl team and our neighbors commented on how quiet they were. We are very happy to be a client of MB Jessee.”

— Richard
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