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 company Larry Vaught Roofing Typical Contractor Response of contractor being considered:
Is the roofing contractor “certified” by a shingle manufacturer? YES, GAF Master Elite and Certainteed certified Shingle Master NO, 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 1967 NO, 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? YES NO  
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 shingles NO, tear off costs not included  
Is the roofing contractor a member of the Better Business Bureau? YES NO, not a member  
If the roofing contractor is a member of the BBB, what is Contractor’s rating? A+ rating, and member since 1975 NOT 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 warranties NO  
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-mail NO, must leave message on recorder  
Does contractor require a deposit? NO, not in most instances YES  
Does contractor expect payment immediately upon completion? NO, terms are net 30 YES  
Will contractor provide English speaking staff on site? YES NO  
Will new step flashings be installed where roof adjoins siding? YES NO  
Will step flashings be installed one per course, as required per code? YES NO  
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)? YES NO  
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? YES NO  
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? YES NO  
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 instructions NO  
Will new roof sheathing be fastened and spaced according to building code specifications? YES
(See our website December 2009 Tip of the Month)
NO  
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? Yes. No, 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? Yes.  No.  

*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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