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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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“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Today I received a beautiful bouquet from your company. It was totally unexpected and very much appreciated--a lovely surprise. Also today, your crew finished my job. I am so pleased with all their fine work. Richard is absolutely amazing and a total delight to work with. He was also extremely helpful during the paint color process. The interior work in my home far exceeded my expectations. A big thank you to you and the crew for an outstanding job. Thank you, thank you for a terrific job!”

— Barbara

“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