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Painting Wooden Siding in the San Francisco Bay Area !

Painting Wooden Siding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Here in the Bay Area, our historic homes are famous for their elaborate exterior woodwork. It’s not just the iconic homes that have wood siding or trim, however. In fact, almost all of our homes have at least some wood on the exterior, be it siding, window trim, door trim, shutters, fascia, decks, steps, the front door, or the garage door. The important truth to keep in mind is that exterior wood needs regular painting to keep it looking great and to prevent it from deteriorating.

If you own a home with wood on the exterior, here are a few things you should know about caring for it:

4 things to know about exterior wood in the San Francisco region

Coastal Life is hard on wood. While we admire the weather-worn look of driftwood, we don’t want our homes looking that way! Strong winds, salty air, and strong sun exposure all work together to shorten the life of wooden siding and other surfaces. That’s why regular exterior painting is vital! It provides a barrier that keeps your wood from splitting, cracking or rotting.

Delaying your exterior painting can cost you more. Once exterior paint has begun to fail, it is no longer possible to simply apply a new coat of exterior paint. Instead, the failing paint needs to be removed manually, which can be a very time-consuming, labor-intensive (and costly) project. If you add new paint over failing paint, the new paint will continue to fail and your investment is worthless. However, if you recoat your home exterior before the paint has begun to fail, your home will continue to look great, and the paint will keep the elements at bay.

Deteriorated wood needs remediation. Once wood has begun to deteriorate, whether from dry rot, from splitting, or from animal damage, it becomes a weak point in your home’s defenses. Simply applying paint over failing wood is not going to solve a problem, as the wood no longer has structural integrity. In minor cases, wood filler and caulk can remediate small problems, but in many cases the wood must be replaced. Any new wood should be primed on every side before it is installed on the home.

Stained wood also needs maintenance. It's not just painted wood that needs repainting every 4 to 9 years. Stained woodwork, such as decks, railings, fences, garage doors, and entry doors, also needs new coatings to protect it from the sun and moisture, and to keep it looking great. A good maintenance plan includes yearly pressure washing and inspection to see if the waterproofing is still effective.


Exterior Painting Services

MB Jessee Painting is based in Oakland, CA, and we offer premium painting services to the whole San Francisco Bay area, including Piedmont, Hillsborough, Pacific Heights and beyond. We provide a full range of exterior and interior painting services to keep your home healthy and beautiful!

All of our exterior painting services include the following characteristics:

  • Caution not to harm landscaping or other exterior home features
  • Premium products and expert paint application
  • Thorough surface preparation
  • Courteous, effective communication.

If your San Francisco Area home (or business) has exterior wood siding that needs to be painted, contact MB Jessee today – we look forward to hearing from you!

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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

“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

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— Alicia R.

“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

“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

“I highly recommend MB Jesse Painting to anyone looking for a professional team that does an impressive job. They are on time, efficient and clean up well each and every day they are on site. They pay attention to detail and listen to the needs of their clients. In addition, they give back to the community. A Five Star team all the way around.”

— 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.
San Francisco, CA

“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

“Everyone I dealt with was nice, helpful, and very professional. The price was reasonable! (I didn't feel like I was getting the "San Francisco price." The attention to detail and work quality was excellent. They did what they said they would do in the exact timeframe they said they would do. Highly recommend!”

— Tim Tyson

“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

“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

“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