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BBB Torch Awads

Vanguard Painting is proud to announce that, once again, we’re finalists of the 2013 BBB Torch Award for marketplace excellence in ethical business and marketing practices.  

We’ve had a very busy summer so stay tuned for new posts about some of the commercial and residential painting projects we completed, to view please click here.

The interior painting season coming up; we will make sure to keep you up to date on all Strata, Residential and Commercial interior projects.

We look forward to announcing the results.

Vanguard Team

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Bon Voyage

It's with a touch of sadness and a whole heap of well-wishes that we say bon voyage to our brother and long-time partner, Josh Baran.

Josh has been with Vanguard for almost ten years and if you've ever been one of our clients, you'll remember him as the energetic, super friendly, and painting-know-it-all that manages most of our projects around town.

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Asking the right questions

I was surfing around the net this week, having a look at some of the other painting blogs out there (yes, believe it or not, there are a fair number of these things!), and came across this one from Benjamin Moore called, Finding the Best Pro for the Job. Now in reading the title, I have to admit, I hoped that Vanguard Painting would stack up against their high standards. As it turns out, I think we’re pretty close to what they recommend. But I’m bias, you be the judge…

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Price vs Quality in the Winter Months


It’s true what they say, if a company promises you the highest level of quality and service at the cheapest price and it seems too good to be true, well it probably is.

When we buy a Big Mac, we don’t get prime rib. When we buy a cheap car, we expect defects. If we pick a cheap hotel, well, you get the picture. Like virtually all things in business and life, we tend to get what we pay for – painting is no exception.

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Jobsite Foremen

The right foreman is like a superhero on the jobsite, cleaning-up problems before they happen, catching the villains of peeling paint and rotting wood, and rescuing defenseless kittens from dangerous trees. (well, maybe not that last part, but you get the idea.) 

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What Does Primer Do?

So we’ve covered the basics of preparation and why it’s essential for a quality paint job. But there’s still a lot to learn about the four basic areas. This past week, for example, I had a long discussion with a client who was interested in primer, what exactly it is, and how it works. I though the topic would be a logical next post in this series, so here goes.

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Common Paint Problems (Part II)

Last week we covered a few common paint failures to look out for around your property. We were surprised by the email feedback we received from all of you who said you wished you’d known what to look for before the problems started. So today we’ll cover a few more basic problems to finish off the list, and then next week I’ll move on to how to address these issues, before they happen.

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Common Paint Problems (Part I)

Let's face it – Vancouver is wet! Being on the west coast exposes houses here to a particular brand of wet, damp weather that lasts for months on end. In light of this, every spring, building and home owners should do a brief 10-minute walk around their property to assess the condition of the building. A short walk today can catch many problems before they become major expenses.

Here’s a list of some common failures to lookout for:

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Keeping Track

One of the best innovations we have put in place at Vanguard in recent years is the use of an automated time and attendance system. Our guys clock in and out by cell phone or web, and their time worked is tracked to the minute.

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