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How Often Should I Paint My Home Exterior in San Francisco?

How Often Should I Paint My Home Exterior in San Francisco?

A wise homeowner knows that regular maintenance is cost effective. Just like regular oil changes on your car will save you money in the long run, taking care of your exterior paint at regular intervals will keep you from facing the expense of major paint failure. So it is good for San Francisco homeowners to know how long their exterior paint should last, and when they should plan to repaint the outside of their homes.

Life Expectancy of a San Francisco Exterior Painting Project

Here in the Bay Area, a professional painting job can be expected to last from 7 to 10 years. This will be affected by a number of factors, including the substrate (what kind of material is underneath) and the quality of previous paint jobs.

Many San Francisco homes have stucco siding, and this helps paint last longer due to the stability of the substrate. Wooden homes will need repainting more often, since the surface expands and contracts more with temperature changes.

If a previous paint job on your home exterior was applied poorly or used inferior materials, that can cause your current paint to need recoating sooner.

How Do I Know When My Home Exterior Needs Painting?

The main hazard to your exterior paint here in the San Francisco area is the sun. Ultraviolet rays can cause paint to get brittle or chalky, eventually beginning to crack or peel. It is important to watch for the first signs of these problems, and deal with them before paint failure becomes severe.

One thing you will notice is that the paint on your home wears unevenly. The shady sides of your home will last longer than sides with a lot of sun or wind exposure. That is why paint maintenance can include repainting only the worn areas of the home exterior, rather than a complete repaint each time.

Can I Help My Exterior Paint Last Longer?

Cleaning your home exterior can help your paint last longer. For regular dust and airborne surface contaminants, you can use a long-handled brush to scrub lightly with soap and water, then rinse with a garden hose. If you have mildew on the surface, put a little bit of bleach into the mixture.

Pressure washing can also get your home exterior clean again, but it can be a tricky thing to do without damaging the paint you are trying to protect.

Exterior Painting Contractor for San Francisco Area

If your San Francisco area home is in need of exterior painting, MB JESSEE would be delighted to serve you. We are one of the most respected and reputable painting companies in the Bay Area, and our painters know how to treat your home to make it as beautiful as possible for as long as possible!

We would also be happy to have one of our experts come to your home for FREE to help you evaluate your paint and get an idea when and how your exterior paint should be maintained.

MB JESSEE provides affordable painting services to the greater San Francisco area, including East Bay, Oakland Hills, Berkeley, Danville, Marin, Contra Costa and Hillsborough.

Did you know that we are a green (eco-friendly) painting contractor?

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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 just wanted to thank you all for doing such a phenomenal job on our recent house painting. We are very happy with the outcome and can't say enough good things about the crew. Everyone working on the project was outstanding and made it a great experience. Thanks to everyone.”

— Daylan
Piedmont

“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 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

“I just wanted to send you an email to say that John did such a great job over here today. He is truly a hard worker. He has the perfect balance of friendliness, honesty, and professionalism. I trust him. He takes the time to do the job to the best of his ability and that is what sets him (and your company) apart from the competition. He didn't make me feel rushed. He really made me feel like our job was the most important thing in the world. Thanks again!”

— Jo
Oakland

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Very easy to work with, they did an outstanding job with our project of re-painting our painting our kitchen cabinets. Given the scope of the job and that our kitchen is roughly half of our upstairs living area they did a fantastic job of minimizing the mess. Workmanship was top notch, would definitely recommend.”

— Vince Scola