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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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Customer Reviews

“Richard and crew have been great, for sure. As much as I look forward to having the job done and my house back in order, I really enjoyed having them around. You should feel really good about how they represent your company.”

— Jessica Dodson

“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

“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

“I love the article in the paper on your company. Thank you for supporting our community by painting at the Claremont Middle School. Thanks!”

— Carla Banks

“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 walkthrough 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 J.
Oakland, CA

“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

“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
Oakland, 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

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

— Paul Markovich

“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
Piedmont

“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