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You would be shocked to know how many roof repairs are completed poorly.  In fact, shoddy roof repair is actually much more common than you might expect.  In most instances it’s easy to identify a poor roof repair “if” you know what to look for.  The problem is, even if you know what to look for, you may not be able to clearly see the completed repair from the ground.  Maybe that’s why so many roof repairs are completed poorly. 

During our 52 years in business, we constantly receive requests to bid repair of roof areas that have been previously unsuccessfully repaired by others.  And in most instances, once we’ve been to look at the problem, we find the previous roof repair to have been completed so poorly it is literally laughable.  It’s as if the roof repair had been completed without any regard for basic installation practices.         

Telltale Signs of a Poor Roof Repair.

We hate to see homeowners being taken advantage of.  So here are a few things we advise you look for the next time you have a roof repair completed.  The most obvious thing we recommend is to look and see if the new roofing materials tuck in under the existing roofing materials.  And, see if the new roofing materials extend up “behind” any adjoining siding.  If the new roofing materials do not slip in under the existing materials (i.e. do not properly tie in to the existing roofing materials), and / or new roofing materials are attached to the exterior of any adjoining siding, you can conclude you are the recipient of a poorly performed roof repair.  Of course there are numerous other factors that will lend toward the quality of roof repair you receive.  But, failure to properly tie in to the existing roofing and failure to properly tie in to the existing siding are the two most common errors we consistently and all too frequently observe.  

We would also caution you not to assume you will get a professionally performed roof repair simply because you are using a company that advertises a lot on TV or radio.  Some of the more “laughable” repairs we have observed over the years were actually performed by well-known / name recognized contractors. 

To follow are photos illustrating a very poorly completed roof repair.

upper view of shoddy roof repair completed by others
upper view of shoddy roof repair completed by others
side view of same shoddy roof repair completed by others

The white membrane material shown in these photos was installed in effort to prevent leakage where a metal valley flashing drains down into an opposing sidewall.  The obvious faults include:

  • The membrane is adhered to the exterior of the adjoining stucco siding
  • The membrane does not extend up under the metal valley flashing.  It is installed on top of the metal valley flashing and tarred heavily!!!
  • The membrane material is pushed up under some shingles a few inches, but is not properly tied in to the adjoining composition shingle roofing.  They couldn’t even use a knife to cut the shingles.  Instead, you can see where they simply tore a shingle to extend membrane slightly up under the shingles.

As un-imaginable as it may seem, we see this sort of shoddy workmanship all of the time!!

To follow are a few photos of the same roof area, illustrating how we removed the previous roofer’s poorly installed roofing and replaced with a properly and professionally completed roof repair:

previous roofing repair being removed
previous roofing repair being removed

Note how small the white membrane roofing material is (i.e. approximately a 2 foot by 2 foot piece).  And notice that the white membrane material only extends up under a shingle about 4-inches.  It is also fastened on top of the metal valley flashing above and adhered to the exterior of the adjoining stucco siding to the left. 

Mid phase illustration of Larry Vaught Roofing’s roof repair

Note that the new black EPDM membrane roofing material extends up under the adjoining composition shingle roofing a foot or more, extends up under the metal valley flashing a foot or more, and extends up the substrate of the adjoining wall several feet.  We removed the existing stucco siding at this juncture before installing the new EPDM membrane roofing so the new membrane will end up being installed “behind” siding once new siding is installed. 

As illustrated below, the black EPDM membrane is now mostly concealed because it properly extends up under composition shingles, up under the metal valley flashing, and up under the adjoining new siding.  The differences are obvious.  One repair was obviously performed quite poorly (laughably so) and one was obviously completed professionally. 

Take the guess work out of finding someone you can trust to do the job right.  Call on the pros at Larry L. Vaught Roofing for your next roof repair Kansas City and get the job done right the first time.

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When damage occurs to your roof, it can seem overwhelming to know where to start in terms of paying for the fix. Fortunately, roof repair can be affordable when you know the options available to you.

As a homeowner, there are many responsibilities you have in maintaining the look and safety of your house. A roof is crucial to keep in working order and it may require repairs and eventual replacement when you own a home.

When a roof is damaged, either due to a natural disaster or from wear and tear over time, repair or replacement is often a top priority. However, the cost of a roof repair or full replacement is an expense many homeowners are ill-prepared to pay for out of pocket.

A roof replacement, like other home improvement needs, is a costly endeavor. The average price tag is just over $7,500, with costs ranging from $5,100 up to $30,000. This is significant for most homeowners, especially when it is unexpected. The good news is that when it comes time to repair or replace a roof, there are a handful of options available to help cover the cost over time. Roof financing comes in many forms, including those listed below.

Roof Financing Options

Paying With Insurance

All homeowners, whether they have a monthly mortgage payment or not, are required to have homeowner’s insurance. This coverage protects you from financial loss due to fire, theft, or other damage, including some natural disasters. In some cases, paying for a roof repair or replacement can be done directly through your insurance company, but this is only a viable option when your roof was damaged from a reason other than wear and tear over time.

When you are eligible to pay for roofing repairs through your insurance company, get in touch with your homeowner’s insurance provider to find out how much they will cover and the process for receiving payment. You may be able to connect the insurance company and your roofing company directly, allowing for a seamless payment once repairs or replacement are complete. 

Be sure to read through the details of your homeowner’s insurance policy to see what damage may be covered and what you may still owe out of pocket for the repair.

Paying With a Home Equity Loan

If a roofing repair is not covered by your homeowner’s insurance, you may have options through a home equity loan or home equity line of credit. A home equity financing option allows you to borrow against available equity built up in your home over time; this is the difference between the market value of your home and the balance you still owe on your mortgage. If your loan-to-value ratio is 85% or less, a home equity loan or line of credit may be a roof financing option for you.

A home equity loan or line of credit is beneficial because you can usually get a relatively low interest rate as compared to other financing options for roof repair. This is because the home itself is used as collateral to back the loan, giving the lender less exposure to risk in the event of default on payments. 

Home equity loans and lines of credit are ideal for large expenses and home renovation or repairs, including a roof replacement. However, you must have strong credit and steady income to qualify, as well as available equity in your primary residence.

Roofing Company Financing

You should also consider financing options available from your roofing company. In many cases, roofing professionals know the cost to repair or replace a roof is too high to pay all at once, so they provide financing options that allow for payment over time.

The roofing company will likely charge interest but this option may be sound for homeowners with little home equity or less than ideal credit. Be sure to read the fine print and make sure the required payment fits well within your monthly budget.

Personal Loans

You may also have an opportunity to secure a personal loan with a competitive rate for use as a home improvement loan. With a roof loan, a lender, either online or via a traditional bank or credit union, offers you a lump sum up front. The amount offered as well as the interest rate charged over the life of the loan is dependent on your credit score and history.

This may be a smart alternative to roofing company financing, particularly when the interest rate is lower or the repayment term is longer. Similar to roofing company financing, however, it is essential to review the terms of the roof loan, including the interest rate and monthly payment, before signing on the dotted line to ensure you find the best personal loan for you.

Credit Cards

Homeowners who have strong credit may also qualify for a 0% APR credit card, either as a balance transfer offer or as a new card member. Credit cards may provide a higher spending limit than some personal loans, and with no interest, you can save a significant amount over the financing term. 

Keep in mind, however, that credit cards with 0% interest may have a much shorter timeframe for full repayment compared to home equity loans, roofing company financing, and personal loans, as you will have to make sure you pay off the balance in full before the 0% introductory period is over.

HUD Home Improvement and Repair Loan

Finally, you may have the option to pay for roofing repairs with an FHA Title I home and property improvement loan. This type of financing is made available through certain lenders, insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Loan amounts vary depending on the need and the credit history of the homeowner. Loans offer fixed interest rates and long repayment terms, and they may be used on properties, including manufactured homes, that have been occupied for at least 90 days.

Other Things to Consider

Before pursuing one roofing finance option over the others, there are other things to consider. First, the cost of your roofing repair may make all the difference in what financing options are available. The size of the roof, the condition it is currently in, and time of year all play a part in dictating the expense. Be sure to add up these costs when applying for roof financing.

Additionally, it is important to comparison shop for the right roofing company. Not all roofing contractors charge the same amount, nor do they all perform the same level of work, but you should be able to receive free quotes at least. Take time to get referrals from other homeowners, review customer testimonials, and get references when needed before selecting your roofing company.

Bottom Line

Paying for a roofing project may seem overwhelming at first, especially when you factor in the total cost of the job. However, there are several options to help make roofing repair or replacement far more affordable.

Whether through insurance coverage, roofing company financing, or roof loans, you can pay for the cost of your new roof over time instead of all at once. Always consider your budget in making a financing decision alongside the fees, repayment term, and interest rate before making a selection for your home improvement project.

Author: Melissa Horton

Melissa Horton has worked in financial services for the past 13 years, helping clients understand the often complex vehicles available for both lending and investment needs. She is passionate about financial literacy and strives to educate clients and the general public to empower them in making smart financial decisions.

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Larry Vaught Roofing recently completed replacement of the roof on a local landmark.  Suburban Lawn and Garden in Martin City, sometimes referred to as The Barn Store (due to the two eye catching red roof barns on their premises) recently employed the craftsmen of Larry Vaught Roofing to replace the roof on their east barn.  The steep slopes required extra attention, but with the proper equipment and know-how, the job was completed promptly and professionally. The roofing project has been completed and the new roof installed.  Here are some roof installation pictures:

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Skylights are typically available as laminated glass skylights or tempered glass skylights.  We recommend laminated glass skylights in all instances and they are even required per building code for certain out of reach applications.   The reason laminated glass skylights are preferred is because they provide a greater level of safety to persons and property beneath.

When a tempered glass skylight breaks, the glass shatters into small pieces which can then fall down into your home.  These small falling pieces of tempered glass will potentially damage / harm anything below; including persons, pets, furniture, and flooring.  Not to mention that when a tempered glass skylight breaks, there is no longer a glass pane in the skylight to protect the interior of your home from the exterior elements.

When a laminated glass skylight breaks, the glass is designed to remain intact.  So, the small shattered pieces of glass will not come cascading down into the interior of your home.  And the laminated glass pane will remain in the frame of the skylight, continuing to provide some protection from the exterior elements.

 

VELUX recommends and building codes require laminated glass skylights for out of reach applications.

 

Larry Vaught Roofing routinely recommends laminated glass skylights by Velux.  Surprisingly, most skylights installed in the Greater Kansas City area are not laminated glass skylights.  Most are tempered glass skylights.  If you have any doubt, just call a local roofing materials distributor and ask if they have any laminated glass skylights in stock.  The typical answer is …”No, but we have tempered glass skylights in stock”.  You will probably have to order a laminated glass skylight because the local supply companies don’t normally stock them.  They stock tempered glass skylights because that is what most all of the local roofing contractors are buying.  Which means the vast majority of homes are not getting laminated glass skylights.

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Velux recommends and building code requires laminated glass when skylights are positioned out of reach.

 

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You might conclude that local roofing companies don’t routinely offer their customers laminated glass skylights because laminated glass costs a lot more than tempered glass.  But, that is simply not true.  One of the most common / most popular sizes of skylight is a 24″ by 48″ skylight.  This size of skylight costs about $39 more to upgrade from tempered glass to laminated glass.  For such a small difference in cost, we don’t even consider furnishing a tempered glass skylight.  Yet, we seem to be one of the few (or only?) contractor(s) in the greater Kansas City area routinely offering their customers laminated glass skylights.  Unless you’ve got it in writing, you probably are not getting a laminated glass skylight.  So be sure to ask for laminated glass.  It is the preferred choice.

 

 

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Municipalities are adopting new city ordinances to more strictly regulate the activities of contractors working within their communities.  There may be good reason for implementing stricter regulations.  However, new city ordinances will inevitably end up costing residents significantly more as contractors comply with those stricter regulations.  In some instances, contractors may even choose not to offer their services in communities where they risk incurring hefty fines for failing to fully comply with these new city ordinances.

To follow are just a few examples of new city ordinances being considered or adopted that add significantly to the cost of completing home improvement projects:

  • Limiting the number of construction vehicles allowed at a job site
  • Requiring placards be placed in windows of contractor’s vehicles to validate each vehicle has authorization to be parked in the neighborhood
  • Privatizing streets so workers must be shuttled to the work site.
  • Requiring installation of protective / temporary fencing around trees along roadways during construction related activities.  The premise is that fencing will protect trees by preventing workers, materials, tools, and equipment from being able to travel beneath the drip line of these trees.  It will also likely limit access to the job site.

City ordinances could impact your next roofing project

City Ordinances may affect your next roofing project

Materials loaded on to roof                                                      

 

When time to repair or replace your roof, will city ordinances limit the number of vehicles a contractor can have at your job site?  Will the contractor be required to have placards placed in each company vehicle and employee vehicle before those vehicles will be allowed to park near the job site?  Will the contractor be required to install temporary protective fencing around trees along the roadway?  How much are the fines a contractor may incur for failing to fully comply with each of the restrictive city ordinances?

We were actually at a customer’s home a few weeks ago to perform about $300 of roof repairs when a building codes administration official stopped to inform our repairman that he was in violation of a recently passed city ordinance which requires contractors to install a temporary protective fence around the tree our repairman had just walked under with his ladder.  Since he failed to do so, the Codes Administration Official told our repairman that he could fine him (a.k.a. Larry Vaught Roofing) ~$1,500.00 (i.e. $100 per 1-inch diameter of each tree that he failed to protect). Thankfully, we simply received a warning in this instance.  But, it has caused us to seriously consider whether or not to continue offering our services in that municipality due to the risk of incurring very costly fines for failing to fully comply with this municipality’s new restrictive ordinances.  Regardless, the simple facts are: as municipalities adopt more restrictive city ordinances, we will absolutely be forced to increase our prices to meet those new ordinances.

 

 

We’ve got the credentials you’d expect of a contractor that complies with city ordinances and building codes:

  • GAF Certified Master Elite® Roofing Contractor.  Only 3% of all roofing contractors qualify as GAF Master Elite® contractors!
  • Certainteed certified Shingle Master. Certainteed offers a number of programs for roofing contractors who want to take their business to the next level.  Collectively, they call them the contractor’s EDGE. These programs are designed to promote the highest standards of excellence in the roofing industry.
  • Haag Certified Roof Inspector on staff.
    (Dan Whitfield HCRI-R).
  • Angie’s List 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Super Service Award recipient.
  • Regularly listed as an Angie’s List Honor Roll recipient.
  • And, we are a member of the Better Business Bureau since 1975 with an A+ accredited rating.
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Roofing distributors in Kansas City have recently notified us to expect 5% to 10% roofing material cost increases, effective April 2nd, 2018.  Since those increases will add significantly to the cost of roofing projects, consider getting your roofing projects contracted “before” those increases occur.  We may not be able to start your project before April 2nd, but we can save you from incurring those roofing material cost increases if you act soon.  Simply contract with us before April 2nd, allowing us sufficient time to acquire your materials before April 2nd and it will save you from needlessly incurring those additional costs.  So, don’t hesitate.  Save yourself some money and act before the April 2nd roofing material cost increases occur.

Larry Vaught Roofing, serving the area for 51+ years now.  The family owned and operated contractor you can trust for all of your roofing needs.

 

Distributors will occasionally announce increases that end up not being implemented.  However, we have not encountered any roofing material cost increases for quite some time now.  Therefore, we fully expect this announced increase will occur.  Especially considering the increased demand for building materials due to widespread property damage resulting from hurricanes last year.  Regardless, why risk the possibility of incurring cost increases?  Act now and avoid these likely increases.  .

 

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Condensation is a common problem during the winter.  As temperatures drop we have received lots of calls from area homeowners reporting wetness around their can lights.  In virtually every instance the problem was attributable to condensation.  And, in most cases the problem was a direct result of a home humidifier being set too high!

It’s normal to kick up the humidifier during the winter.  After all, adding humidity to the interior can really help prevent your eyes and nose from getting dried out.  Not to mention the higher humidity levels help reduce static electricity too.  But, interior humidity levels should be reduced as outside temperatures fall drastically lower. Otherwise, condensation issues are very likely to occur.

 

To follow is a chart illustrating recommended interior humidity levels in relation to exterior temperatures.  If you follow these recommended humidity levels, your risk of experiencing condensation issues should diminish.

Exterior temperature: Recommended interior humidity level:
20 to 40 degrees not be more than 40 percent
10 to 20 degrees not be more than 35 percent
0 to 10 degrees not be more than 30 percent
10-below to 0 degrees not be more than 25 percent
20-below to 10-below not be more than 20 percent

 

 Venting bathrooms directly into the attic also promotes condensation problems!

Venting bathroom ceiling fans directly into the attic space is another major contributor of condensation problems.  Bathroom ceiling exhaust fans should always be vented to the exterior of the home.  Regrettably, we find a large number of  bathroom ceiling fans to be improperly vented directly into the attic.  This not only negatively impacts the performance of the insulation, but can negatively impact the entire attic space, including the roof & roof decking.  So, don’t leave it to chance.  Give us a call today.  We’ll take a look and offer a quote for any work recommended.

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Getting an honest un-biased Kansas City roofing contractor referral can be a challenge.  Especially considering there are so many companies now in the business of helping homeowners locate a contractor.  Angie’s List was a pioneer in the referral business.  Their concept is simple; Purchase a membership to Angie’s List and you have the ability to read the on-line reviews of various companies as posted by other Angie’s List members.  And, you can post your own reviews too.  We find it to be a great way for homeowners to receive honest un-biased reviews / ratings of the services provided by various companies.  On the other hand, many companies who are offering to refer you to a Kansas City roofing contractor are actually selling your lead to contractors that have agreed to pay for those leads.  So, be careful who you trust when looking for a good Kansas City roofing contractor.

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Step flashing is used to provide a water tight connection where roofing adjoins a vertical juncture.  This flashing is typically field fabricated from a sheet of 26 ga. to 30 ga. galvanized sheet metal, bent at a 90-degree angle (i.e. bent into an “L” shape).  One step flashing is installed per each course of shingles in prescribed fashion to integrate roof with an opposing vertical juncture.  .

Proper installation of step flashing:

Step flashings are to be installed “one per course”.  The roof deck flange of step flashings are to be fastened to the surface of each shingle in a position whereby the next course of shingles will cover up / hide the flashing from view.  The vertical flange of the flashing is to extend up behind the adjoining siding.  The recommended length of step flashing is typically a minimum of 2-inches longer than the exposure of the roofing material.  This results in a 2-inch minimum head lap.

The recommended width of step flashings will vary, depending on the agency / entity being referenced.  However, the typical recommended width of step flashing ranges from 5-inches to 10-inches.  A 5-inch wide flashing will result in a 2-1/2″ roof deck flange and 2-1/2″ vertical wall flange.  Likewise, a 10″ wide flashing will result in a 5-inch wide roof deck flange and a 5-inch vertical flange. Obviously, the further up the wall a flashing extends the greater the resistance to water intrusion.  Likewise, the narrower the flashing, the less resistant it is to water intrusion.  In the event the sidewall is not of double-wall construction, we strongly recommend “snow blocks” be incorporated into the design of the wall to render the sidewall resistant to snow infiltration.

How to Install Step Flashing Picture

Proper installation of flashing behind siding

 

Common mistakes involving step flashing:

  • Installation of a continuous sheet of metal flashing from the top of the roof to the bottom of the roof in lieu of step flashing is not a correct method of installation in many instances.  Some types of roofing materials (like concrete tile) incorporate a continuous sheet of metal flashing at sidewalls.  But, composition shingles, cedar shakes, cedar shingles, and other materials that are installed in rows or courses typically require step flashing at vertical junctures.  So, avoid installation of a continuous sheet of metal flashing for those roofing materials which require step flashing.  If in doubt, refer to the installation instructions of the material being installed.
  • Omitting installation of new step flashings when a new roof is installed over an existing roof.   When new roofs are installed  over an existing roof layer, in many instances new step flashings are not installed.  This method of installation relies upon the step flashings of the underlying roof to continue providing a water tight connection with the adjoining sidewall.  There are a couple of big concerns.  First of all, the integrity of the new roof is dependent upon the integrity of the old roof.  And secondly, failing to install one step flashing per course of new shingles does not meet building code or shingle manufacturer installation guidelines.
  • Failing to install step flashing “behind” siding.  Step flashings are quite often improperly installed on the exterior of siding.  In certain instances flashing may need to be installed on the exterior of siding.  However, in most instances, step flashing should be installed “behind” siding.  It is always recommended to install step flashing behind stucco, Dryvit, wood panel, lap siding, vinyl siding, cedar shingle siding, etc.
  • Failing to replace step flashings when a cedar shake roof is replaced with a composition shingle roof.  Step flashings on a cedar shake roof are typically installed every 10-inches.  The step flashings on a composition shingle roof are typically to be installed every 5-inches.  So, when a shake roof is replaced, re-using the step flashings from the old shake roof will result in one step flashing for each two courses of new composition shingle roofing.   This fails to meet building code, fails to meet shingle manufacturer installation guidelines, and poses greater risk of leakage.

 

step flashing

improper installation of step flashing on the exterior of siding

 

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Proper valley flashing installation isn’t difficult to achieve.  In fact, following a few basic installation procedures will typically achieve a reliable installation.  Even so, a high percentage of valley flashings are not installed properly because many Kansas City roofers don’t know the basics.  Or, these Kansas City roofers know how to do the job right, but choose to cut corners (at your expense).  Regardless of the reason, when valley flashing is not installed properly the risk of significant interior damage is great.

Recommended procedures of basic valley flashing installation:

  • Install an underlayment centered in the roof valley.
  • Then, install a non-corrosive metal valley flashing of 24″ minimum width
  • Lap successive sheets of metal flashing a minimum of 12-inches and seal laps.
  • Apply an approximately 3-inch width of asphalt roofing cement along the sides of flashing and embed shingles in mastic
  • Clip the top corner of shingles along valleys to keep water flow toward center of valley.
  • Take care not to place any fasteners in the exposed center area of the metal flashing.
  • Extend entire width of flashing “completely” to the bottom of the roof valley.
  • Cut bottom of flashing so the entire width of the valley flashing extends approximately 1/2″ to 3/4″ over the fascia trim board along eaves.

The following photos illustrate removal and replacement of a closed cut valley with new open metal valley.

closed cut valley repair

Shingles being removed in closed cut valley

closed cut valley replaced with metal valley flashing

All shingles removed from closed cut valley

Preparing to install metal valley flashing

Ice barrier underlayment installed in roof valley

Metal valley flashing properly installed / cut at bottom of roof.

Entire width of new metal flashing properly extends over fascia at bottom of roof

mastic applied along sides of valley

Roof mastic applied along sides of valley flashing

metal valley flashing

Closed cut valley fully replaced with new metal valley flashing.

 

Avoid the following common errors:

  • Fasteners placed in the exposed center area
  • Punctures in the center of the valley
  • Failure to extend the entire width of the metal valley flashing beyond the eave of the roof.
  • Installing a “closed” valley (a.k.a. installing “laced” shingles in a roof valley) when shingle manufacturer does not approve of.
  • Installing corrosive type metal flashing in valley

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