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Substandard Subcontractors

Vanguard Painting is proud of its heritage as a family run company. We work hard to extend a feeling of family and community all the way through the company from our most specialized master tradesmen, to our newest painters and helpers. We wouldn’t want it any other way.  In the strange world of sub-contractors, however, things are a little different.

Vanguard Painting is proud of its heritage as a family run company. We work hard to extend a feeling of family and community all the way through the company from our most specialized master tradesmen, to our newest painters and helpers. We wouldn’t want it any other way.  In the strange world of sub-contractors, however, things are a little different.

A sub-contractor is someone who is hired out by a general contractor to do a specific, one-time job. It’s a system that makes a lot of sense in the construction industry when there’re many different trades that no one person or company could ever hope to master. In this case the general contractor becomes a sort of conductor, coordinating other specialists in an orchestra of renovation or new construction. But it’s not like this in the painting industry.

In the painting industry, painters are hired by clients who need a new paint job. Yet some of these painters, once hired to do a job, will actually turn around and get a sub-contractor to complete the work. As strange as this sounds it’s true and clients should know that when this happens they may be getting the short end of the stick.

Here's a few quick points on why subcontractors are the pits:

They work under the name of a different company. Hence they don’t have the same vested interested in doing the kind great work that will spread their name far and wide. This means lower quality and less accountability. 

Who's paying these guys anyway? If you pay a company that uses subcontractors, it’s going to be taking a finder’s fee off the top of the job price. So the subcontractors will be working with a much smaller budget on your project. Obviously, quality will suffer, and you just paid top dollar for a subpar paint job. Why not just pay the subcontractors yourself?

Legal loopholes. While the company that sold the job may be stand-up, their subcontractors may not. If they haven’t paid their WCB insurance, for example, you could be liable for any injuries that occur on site. Ouch!

As a family company with almost 15 years of great results behind us, we never risk gambling with painting sub-contractors. We think it’s crazy that some companies even advertise sub-contracting as a strength. At Vanguard you’ll get our very own, homegrown painters every time, we guarantee it.