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How Often Does an Exterior of a House Need Painting in the Bay Area?

How Often Does an Exterior of a House Need Painting in the Bay Area?

The best time to paint the exterior of your house in the Bay Area is typically spring, summer and fall. Now that spring is upon us, some may be asking, “How often does the exterior of a house need painting?” There are a few considerations that should be taken—both aesthetic and practical—in order to properly answer this question. Here are a few helpful principles to keep in mind:

First, you paint a house when it needs it! Peeling, discoloration, and even layers of dust are signs that your house could use a new coat. Sometimes you have to go with your gut. Check the stucco, siding and the trim on your home’s exterior—these are usually the first areas to begin falling apart. Many make the mistake of only touching up the trim when the trim looks worn down. The problem with this is that when the trim begins to go, the rest is soon to follow. Save yourself having to do the job twice and have it all done at once!

As a rule of thumb, five to ten years is the amount of time that most homes in the Bay Area require a new exterior painting job. Weather severely affects the life of any coating. If you’ve had an unusual amount of wind, rain, and other sorts of precipitation, five to ten years might be too long of an estimate. For example, in northeastern states, the time between new paint jobs is actually shorter because of the harsh climate.

People looking to sell should always paint. Statistics show that repainting your home is one of the surest ways to increase its selling potential and value. Not only does a fresh paint job protect your home from the elements, but it also causes it to look radically fresh and new.

Lastly, it depends on the paint. You have more work with cheaper tools and products. It’s a fact. If you used a cheap paint the first time around, don’t be surprised if discoloration and peeling begin to show after a year or two. This will not happen with higher end paints (assuming they are applied correctly). Save yourself time and money, and have it done right the first time around.

One final piece of advice that’s worth sharing is that the longer you put off painting your home, the harder the job will be. Building materials used today typically need a constant and strong barrier from the weather to keep them from swelling and contracting. Keep your paint fresh and strong, and the surface beneath will have a longer shelf life and cause you less problems.

Remember to contact MB Jessee for all your painting needs in the San Francisco Bay Area! 510-655-7000

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“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

“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

“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
Orinda

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

— Paul Markovich

“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

“Many thanks to Rigoberto and Damon and the extraordinary team who transformed my castle in the skies.They are magicians. I appreciate their work very much.”

— Kathleen A
San Francisco

“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

“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