How do you go about hiring the best roofing company? This is your Roofing Repair Checklist! The following is a “Check List” to assist you with the selection of your next Kansas City roofing repair contractors. The check list not only provides important issues to consider about the CONTRACTOR, but offers key issues about roof INSTALLATION that should also be considered! Use our roofing contractor checklist resource to help you choose the best roofing contractor for your job.

Key Issues to consider about the roofing companyLarry Vaught RoofingTypical ContractorResponse of contractor being considered:
Is the roofing contractor “certified” by a shingle manufacturer?YES, GAF Master Elite and Certainteed certified Shingle MasterNO, not certified 
Does the contractor company offer a manufacturer’s material warranty that provides 50-years of non-prorated coverage?YES, and typically included in the quote *For lifetime warranted shingles.NO, pro-rated after 10 years 
Has the contractor company been in business “locally” for over 52 years?Family owned and operated since 1967NO, typically less than 10 years and occasionally from out of state. 
Will the contractor load materials onto driveway (preventing you from use of the drive)?NO, we load materials onto the roof & do not prevent use of driveway overnight.YES, on the driveway, preventing use of drive 
Will portions of the roof be removed and simply covered by tarps or felt paper overnight?NOT in most instances.  Our objective is to replace what we remove each day.YES, standard operating procedure. 
Is the yard and driveway going to be left in clean / usable / safe / condition at the end of each day?YESNO 
Does the roof contractor provide a shingle manufacturer’s warranty that includes tear off costs on a non prorated basis for 50-years?YES, and typically included in the quote *For lifetime warranted shinglesNO, tear off costs not included 
Is the roofing contractor a member of the Better Business Bureau?YESNO, not a member 
If the roofing contractor is a member of the BBB, what is Contractor’s rating?A+ rating, and member since 1975NOT a member or has a poor rating 
Does contractor receive high reviews at Angie’s List?Yes, Honor Roll recipient for numerous consecutive years. No, many poor reviews. 
Does contractor register the shingle warranty on behalf of the homeowner?YES, when routinely providing extended warrantiesNO 
Is contractor easy to contact (i.e. have full time office staff, service department, fax, e-mail)?YES, full time office staff, phones answered 8 to 5 weekdays, with fax, & e-mailNO, must leave message on recorder 
Does contractor require a deposit?NO, not in most instancesYES 
Does contractor expect payment immediately upon completion?NO, terms are net 30YES 
Will contractor provide English speaking staff on site?YESNO 
Will new step flashings be installed where roof adjoins siding?YESNO 
Will step flashings be installed one per course, as required per code?YESNO 
Will step flashings be of dimension required per building code?YES, 4″ by 4″ by 8″ is our standard (or 14″ when required for certain materials).NO, 2½″ by 2½″ by 7″ is their typical standard. 
Will bottom step flashings be installed in fashion to assure proper kick out is provided (i.e. to assure water is properly diverted to the exterior of siding)?YESNO 
Will galvanized metal valley flashing be furnished that meets 24″ minimum width as designated per building code?YES, 24″ wide is our standard.NO, 20″ wide is their typical standard. 
Will roof mastic be applied along sides of metal valley flashing?YESNO 
Will bird proof & snow resistant passive roof vents be furnished?YES, when passive vents are proposed.NO 
Will 2 plies of underlayment (or better) be installed on slopes of 2-in-12 to < 4-in-12?YESNO 
Will corners of shingles be trimmed along valleys and flashings where necessary to help prevent water from migrating under the shingle courses?YES, per manufacturer’s instructionsNO 
Will new roof sheathing be fastened and spaced according to building code specifications?YES
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Will edge flashing be installed properly (i.e. beneath the underlayment along eaves & on top of the underlayment along rakes)?YES. This is roofing 101.NO, improperly installed on top of underlayment along eaves 
Will entire width of metal valley flashing extend fully to the bottom of roof valley?YesNo, valley flashing is not cut to fit (i.e. shortcut / poor workmanship) 
Are saddles offered to be installed on chimneys greater than 30″ in width?YesNo.

*We also strongly encourage you to compare contractors by visiting their jobs in progress. It is absolutely the best way to discover first hand how contractor’s actually operate. We will gladly provide you with the addresses of our jobs in progress upon request.

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