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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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— Nora Robinson

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— Anni S.
Oakland, CA

“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 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

“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

“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

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— Carla Banks

“My entire experience with MB Jesse was very professional. The crew were very friendly and super accommodating of my ridiculous schedule and geriatric pets in the house. The finished product, which was pretty much my entire house, far exceeds my expectations. Would definitely work with them again!”

— Heather Jordan

“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

“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

“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

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