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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.

 

https://www.veluxusa.com/landing/clean-quiet-safe-glass

 

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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Product Testing and Certifications

 

To learn more about Velux skylight product testing and certification visit: https://www.veluxusa.com/professional/tools/architects/code-information 

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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.  .

 

http://nahbnow.com/2017/09/will-lumber-prices-surge-in-hurricanes-wake/

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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 degreesnot be more than 40 percent
10 to 20 degreesnot be more than 35 percent
0 to 10 degreesnot be more than 30 percent
10-below to 0 degreesnot be more than 25 percent
20-below to 10-belownot 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.

For honest un-biased reviews of your best 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.

step flashing

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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A lot of roofing education and roofing resources are also available in our Roofing Blog check it out!

 

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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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A reroof proposal (a.k.a. contract) can provide you with valuable insight about the contractor who prepared it. For example, you should assume a contractor is likely to perform poorly when they start off providing you a poor reroof proposal.  After all, it just makes sense to doubt a contractor’s abilities when their proposal is vague, riddled with misspelled words, doesn’t address obvious issues, etc.  Likewise, it is logical to assume a contractor is more likely to perform well when they start out by presenting you with a well prepared reroof proposal

You can count on Larry Vaught Roofing to routinely provide reroof proposals that are customized to address the specific scope of work recommended for that job. Considerable time and effort goes into preparing our proposals.  After all, each job has its own unique characteristics.  Therefore, we put forth the effort necessary to identify the unique characteristics specific to each project so we can then propose to properly address them.

To the contrary, many contractors rely on a standardized form & simply fill in a few blanks to vaguely describe the scope of work they intend to perform.  Worse yet, some contractors offer nothing more than a hand written note that states the type of shingles and the price. That is it!

What should a professional reroof proposal include?

When you receive a reroof proposal from Larry Vaught Roofing, we routinely address numerous pertinent issues, including:

  • intake & exhaust ventilation needs
  • the potential need for sheet metal saddles behind chimneys
  • special underlayments for roof slopes less than 4-in-12 slope
  • ice barrier underlayments along eaves and beneath metal valley flashings
  • extended warranty options
  • integration of roof flashings with siding
  • proper kick out of flashings
  • city reroof permits
  • compliance with any specific local code requirements.

 

Our professionalism begins with preparation of a customized reroof proposal specific to the needs of the project. And we continue to provide professional courteous services through the entire project.  Including warranty registration at the conclusion of the job, as well as promptly & courteously performing any call back services that may be needed.  But don’t take our word for it. The next time you need a reroof be sure to request a proposal from Larry Vaught Roofing.  You will promptly receive a customized written proposal that addresses the key issues specific to your project. We think you’ll find that our detailed, concise, & informative proposal will help make your selection of a knowledgeable and professional contractor that much easier!

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Click on the following link to see a sample of our typical detailed and professional reroof proposal.

Sample proposal

 

 

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Help wanted.  Larry Vaught Roofing is now hiring experienced roofing installers.

Just about all roofing installers can fasten roofing materials to a roof deck.  However, few installers actually possess the knowledge and skills required to install materials “correctly”.  Especially where the roof adjoins siding, chimneys, skylights, valleys, etc. The simple facts are, a high percentage of those installing roofs these days are poorly trained.  Not so at Larry L. Vaught Roofing.  Our roofing installers don’t cut corners.  They take pride in their work and are provided the training necessary to install roofs according to the latest industry standards.

If you’d like to be a part of the Larry Vaught Roofing installation team, we are now offering top wages to roofing installers in the Kansas City area who meet the following requirements:

  • A valid driver’s license with a good record.
  • Agreeing to and being able to pass random drug testing.
  • Maintaining regular / full time work attendance.
  • Exhibit a high level of experience in asphalt shingle (a.k.a. composition shingle) roof installation.
  • Willing and able to accept training to incorporate shingle manufacturer’s recommended methods of installation.

Help wanted.  Roofing installers apply in person at Larry L. Vaught Roofing, Inc., 500 Jones Avenue, Grandview, MO 64030.  Call 816 761-9859 to learn more.

If you are a roofing installer looking for employment, consider the following.  Larry Vaught Roofing provides exceptional employment opportunities for those seeking steady employment and top wages.  Our 50 year track record of providing exceptional roofing services in the Greater Kansas City area keeps our services in high demand.  As a result, our staff enjoy steady work and top wages.

Now is your opportunity to learn the higher standards of roof installation incorporated by Larry Vaught Roofing. Contact us today for an interview.

 

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We are your roof repair experts!  Larry L. Vaught Roofing, Inc. is the local, family owned roofing contractor that Kansas City area homeowners have counted on for 50 years to address all of their roofing needs.  We provide our own full time highly skilled staff to accurately identify faulty conditions, propose the proper repair, and complete those repairs according to the most current industry standards.  We never simply propose to apply a bead of caulk or a glob of tar over the problem area in hopes it may resolve the problem.  Instead, we routinely propose to uninstall the faulty aspects of an installation and replace according to proper methods of installation.

Roof repair services by the experts at Larry Vaught Roofing

 

When you choose Larry L. Vaught Roofing for your roofing needs you will receive:

  • Friendly & courteous staff to answer your calls from 8 to 5 weekdays
  • Professional assessment of your roof’s condition (by appointment if desired)
  • A free / no obligation written estimate
  • Timely and accurate scheduling of work
  • Completion of the work according to schedule
  • Completion of the work fully according to the scope of work proposed
  • Professional & courteous customer support
roof repair services offered

Roof vent installed on roof

 

We’ve got the credentials you’d expect of a roof repair expert!

  • 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, and 2016 Super Service Award recipient.
  • Regularly listed as an Angie’s List Honor Roll recipient.
  • And, member of the Better Business Bureau since 1975 with an A+ accredited rating.
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