Roofing Blog – Larry Vaught Roofing Vaught Roofing Company Tue, 03 Nov 2020 19:30:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 4 Reasons to Replace Skylights When You Replace a Roof Tue, 03 Nov 2020 18:12:04 +0000

Replacing a roof. Making minor repairs. Do more with your projects by replacing your customers’ old, worn-down skylights at the time of a new roof installation.

Save Time and Money

When you’re replacing a roof, you have to remove the shingles around the skylight, then re-flash and seal the window to the roof deck or curb. And even if you do a pristine job re-sealing, the skylight still gets jostled around while you’re working, making it more susceptible to leaks. Save yourself a second trip by replacing the whole skylight the first time around.

Replace Skylights during roof installation
Skylight windows on modern house roof top. Attic skylight windows on asphalt shingles roof.

Strongest Warranty

Larry Vaught Roofing recommends VELUX Skylights. VELUX is the only skylight company to implement 3 layers of protection in our product design, giving homeowners peace of mind against leaks. VELUX’s comprehensive, industry-first No Leak Warranty covers skylight and installation for 10 years. So, if they don’t have a VELUX skylight on your roof, go ahead and get an upgrade.

We also recommend Roof Warranties. Larry Vaught Roofing offers Kansas City homeowners the industry’s best roof warranties and gutter warranties. We guarantee our workmanship for 10 years.

Better Energy Efficiency

VELUX continually develops and tests their skylights to ensure they maintain our high standards of design. With Clean, Quiet & Safe Glass and advanced LoĒ³ coating, VELUX skylights provide the best balance of daylight and heat control, improving energy efficiency and providing a better overall experience compared to plastic bubble skylights.

Go Solar!

You can receive an opportunity of a solar federal tax credit when you replace your skylight! Go Solar by upgrading to a solar-powered skylight or add solar-powered blinds to any skylight, and you can file for a tax credit worth 26% of the total cost of product and installation. Go Solar and save on energy!

Bonus Reason

If you have a plastic skylight, it’s time to replace. VELUX’s laminated glass options provide a brighter, cleaner look compared to plastic skylights. VELUX’s Clean, Quiet & Safe Glass also reduces up to 50% more unwanted noise than their plastic counterparts.

Request a Skylight Replacement Quote

Larry Vaught Roofing is open for Business Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:25:00 +0000

Larry Vaught Roofing continues to remain open for business through the recently enacted “stay at home” order. Per this order, businesses that provide critical services to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations may continue to provide services. The order specifically notes that plumbers, electricians and other construction services meet this criteria. Therefore, Vaught Roofing will continue to provide you with our roofing and guttering services during the stay at home order, and beyond.

To ease your concerns about whether to proceed with any needed roofing and / or guttering services during the current stay at home order, consider the following:

  • The entire project, from bid stage to completion of the project, can be completed without the need to meet.
  • Virtually all services provided by Vaught Roofing are conducted outside the home.
  • Access to the interior of your home is typically not necessary.
  • We now use aerial imagery services to get the dimensions of your project, so we usually don’t even need to visit your home to attain needed measurements.
  • Our customer service representatives are currently offering to present our proposal to you by phone, in lieu of the typical “in-home” presentation. However, in-home presentations are still available when both parties agree it beneficial to do so.
  • We can email our proposal to you.
  • We can deliver color samples, etc. to your door without the need to meet personally.
  • Until notified it is safe to proceed otherwise, we have advised our staff to follow procedures as recommended by the Center for Disease Control to help prevent further spread of the COVID19 virus.
  • Our staff has been made aware of recommended social distancing guidelines.
  • We continue to regularly advise our staff of various other precautions to be taken in order to help prevent spread of the virus.

Larry Vaught Roofing is serious about doing our part to help prevent further spread of the Covid19 virus. But, we are able to safely continue caring for your home’s roofing and guttering needs during these times as well. So, feel free to call on us anytime. We are ready and able to proceed in safe fashion.

Officials with the Missouri cities of Belton, Kansas City, North Kansas City, & Odessa, along with the Missouri counties of Clay, Jackson, Platte, and the Kansas counties of Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte have announced a “stay-at-home” order beginning Tuesday March 24th. This order will remain in effect until at least April 24th. It directs residents to stay at home except for essential needs.

Essential activities include the following:

  • Tasks essential to a person’s health and safety or to the health and safety of their family and close personal acquaintances
  • Obtaining necessary services or supplies
  • Assisting in food preparation for delivery and carry out, or to pick up food or drink for carry out
  • To engage in outdoor activities while complying with social distancing
  • To perform work providing essential products and services
  • To care for a family member, close acquaintance or pet
  • “Essential activities” do not include weddings, funerals, wakes, memorial services, or similar gatherings

Per the Jackson County Missouri official website we found the following notice regarding:

What are considered Essential Businesses & Operations?

Essential Businesses and Operations:

Construction: If working outside can keep social distancing and 10 or less rule. If inside keep staffing to a minimum and respect social distancing.

Critical trades, including plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, auto repair shops, and other service providers that maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations

Should any developments occur which would change our ability to continue serving our customers we will revise our operations accordingly. Meantime, we will hope this pandemic ends soon and wish you all good health!

Spring Roof Maintenance Tips Tue, 17 Mar 2020 21:34:00 +0000

Check on your Roof this Spring with these Spring Roof Maintenance Tips

When your roof has endured a long harsh winter you really should schedule to have us check and see if any roof maintenance is needed. After all; snow, ice, and cold temperatures can be especially destructive to roofing materials. And if a harsh winter has created a need for any roof maintenance you would be best served to find out “before” the spring rains arrive. Otherwise, you could be incurring needless expense to repair interior damage resulting from roof leakage. So, don’t wait. Give us a call, because now is a key time to assess the condition of your roof. Get a Roof Inspection and make sure your roof is in good health.

Since 1967, Larry Vaught Roofing has been offering Greater Kansas City homeowners honest professional advice regarding whether or not any roof maintenance is advised. We will provide you a written proposal at no charge or obligation for any roof maintenance we may suggest. And, if you choose to have us complete any repairs, the work will be performed by our very own highly skilled craftsmen.

To follow are a few of the key components we typically evaluate when assessing the condition of roofs:

  • Missing, damaged, loose shingles
  • Missing, damaged, loose ridge cap shingles
  • Missing, damaged, loose metal roof flashings
  • Condition of neoprene collars on flashings around vent pipes
  • Condition of caulking / sealants at vent pipe collars
  • Condition of caulking along the top edge of metal counter flashing at chimneys and sidewalls
  • Accumulated debris (leaves, branches, etc.) upon the roof and / or gutters
  • Significant fungus, algae, mold growth upon the roof
  • Overall age / condition of roof
  • Overall opinion as to the integrity / likely longevity of the roof
  • Visible storm related roof damage
  • Visible manufacturing defects

Larry Vaught roofing is the local family owned roof maintenance specialist that Greater Kansas City area homeowners have counted on for over 53 years to provide their steep sloped roofing needs. It won’t be long until the spring rains arrive, so call soon for a free evaluation of your roof.

Is Your Roof Ready for Spring?

Winter Weather Can Damage Your Roof

Potential Issues for Roof Damage Insurance Claims Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:16:00 +0000

Consumer Alert for those of you with Roof Damage insurance claims. Insurance companies are adopting a method of operations in utilizing Managed Repair Programs for property claims. This practice is a major conflict of interest and harmful to consumers.

Insurance carriers have adopted managed repair programs, utilizing contractors. The programs violate state laws for the unauthorized practice of public adjusting (UPPA); constitute price fixing through the use of set prices that do not reflect current market rates and allowing these contractors to waive deductibles as an incentive to break contracts the consumers have entered into with a contractor of their choice. The programs promote the underpayment of claims, poor workmanship and unethical business practices, all in an effort to reduce claims payouts. The consumers are the ones that bear the consequences of these practices as not all the covered damage is repaired, the work and materials are substandard and the consumer property value is diminished.

Managed Repair Programs are Bad for Consumers

The Managed Repair Programs contractors are owned or controlled by the insurance carriers or adjusting firms retained by the carriers. The consumer is lead to believe the Managed Repair Programs is independent, which is not the case with these programs. The Managed Repair Programs contractor is not there to investigate the damage, but is there to limit the claim payout as directed by the carrier. An example of a carrier that follows this exact design is People’s Trust in the State of Florida and the managed care contracting company directly connected to People’s Trust is Rapid Response.

The NIRC has collected evidence showing insurance carriers price fixing material costs and not paying market value on products used for the repair processes to restore properties to a pre-loss condition. Managed Repair Programs are being utilized to force consumers and their contractors of choice to join their Managed Repair Programs due to insurance companies refusing to pay market value which leads to a considerable growth in bad faith claims and appraisals. Big contributors to this new trend is the MadSky, Crawford’s Contractor Connection, Lionsbridge Contractor Group, First Choice Repair, Innovation Property and other insurance preferred contractor programs. The NIRC has great concerns in how carriers are only authorizing the pricing the MadSky Managed Repair Programs has set as a value for products and not utilizing the market value of products that suppliers are charging to the contractors the insurance consumer has hired under contract.

Insurance carriers are pushing the Managed Repair Programs on to their consumers by stating in writing that if they chose their Managed Repair Programs that the contractor whom they send out will waive their deductible because the carrier gets a high volume discount. In most states it is illegal for contractors to waive deductibles or give marketing compensation to any client in order to gain their business. Contractors that have chosen not to be a part of Managed Repair Programs are then forced to either match the offers being made, which results in them violating the law, or lose the client.

Insurance carriers have been adopting Managed Repair Programs and the contractors associated with them to violate state laws-in the unauthorized practice of public adjusting. It has been a growing trend for only the managed repair contractors to perform the inspections, to investigate the loss, inspect for damages, determine causation and set the value for repairs without having a single licensed insurance adjuster ever come out to the property. The insurance consumer in almost all cases only has a phone conversation with a desk adjuster to finalize the claim and then is pressured into choosing their preferred contractor program. An example of this method of operations is the MadSky Managed Repair Program. A MadSky contractor performs the inspection at the property and then by Skype or face time call with the desk adjuster at another location makes the claims decision. The NIRC finds this to be in direct violation of most if not all states laws-in the unauthorized practice of public adjusting.

Consumers are being misled in the belief that the construction company being sent out is a restoration contractor handpicked by the carrier and specifically qualified to make the needed repairs but in fact the only reason they are there is because they agreed to follow the rules of Managed Repair Programs (MRP) and associated price structure. This is all very misleading and puts the homeowner in a position to think this is a quality company selected by their insurance co when this is not the case.

When the Managed Repair Programs vendor assigned to complete the repairs the burden of the quality is on the consumer. When a consumer has no choice in who makes the repairs and is not allowed to participate in decision of choosing a contractor the consumer should not be responsible for the outcome. When the consumer is allowed to choose a competent restoration professional they will in most cases check references and look at several other projects the contractor has preformed. If an insurance company is going to exercise their “option” to repair or replace the carrier needs to be responsible for the quality of the repair and readily accept responsibility for mistakes made.

A growing trend is the threats of denying property claims if the consumer refuses to allow the insurance carrier to perform the repairs utilizing a Managed Repair Programs vendor. Consumers are being forced to break contracts with their contractor of choice and having their claim amounts reduced and items not covered that have been affected in the loss due to the consumer not having proper representation from a contractor or public adjuster that has their best interest in mind. One of several carriers engaged in this practice on a regular basis is Olympus Insurance.

One of the major issues that we feel needs to be reformed is the requirements to inform a consumer of the full understanding of the “Option” to repair when the policy is sold. We have found that most consumers are unaware of the policy language that has taken their rights away to have their contractor of choice perform the repairs needed to their property. In many instances the “option” to repair is seemly at odds with the “Loss Payment” provision that often states “we will pay you unless some other person is named in the policy or is legally entitled to receive payment…” when the insurance carrier sends payment directly to the Managed Repair Program vendor. Managed Repair Programs is one of the several initiatives that the National Insurance Restoration Council has chosen to undertake for reform as over the recent years we have seen it be used to impede the rights of consumers.

Text for this Roof Damage Insurance Claims article was taken from this petition that was submitted by the National Insurance Restoration Council (NIRC).

Be Sure you are Getting a Good Shingle Manufacturer Warranty Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:03:00 +0000

The next time you replace your roof DO NOT settle for a standard shingle manufacturer warranty. Why? Because a standard shingle manufacturer’s limited warranty typically only provides 100% non-prorated coverage of materials and installation labor for the first ten years. The cost to tear off and dispose of materials is not covered at all. And, after 10 years these warranties typically then only provide coverage for the shingles, on a pro-rated basis. There is no longer any coverage for labor to install the new shingles. So, after 10 years, the standard shingle manufacturer warranty will provide only a very small percentage of the total cost to replace the roof should the shingles fail due to manufacturing defect. And after 10 years the amount of coverage decreases (i.e. is prorated) as the roof gets older and more likely to fail.

By comparison, Larry L. Vaught Roofing typically provides its customers with the GAF System Plus Lifetime Limited Warranty. This warranty provides 100% coverage of materials, labor, and tear off costs on a non-prorated basis for 50 years!

In dollar terms, if a $10,000 roof system fails in year 25 due to a defect we estimate you may receive around $2,000.00 when you have a standard shingle manufacturer warranty. In comparison, we estimate you would receive around $20,000.00 in year 25 when your roof system is covered by the GAF System Plus warranty. That’s $18,000 more than you would receive when you only have a standard warranty. And, as the years go by the difference becomes even greater.

So, when it’s time to replace your roof, be sure to compare warranties being offered. Otherwise you could be making a very costly mistake. And, be mindful of the fact that the best GAF warranties (i.e. GAF System Plus, Silver Pledge, and Golden Pledge warranties) are only available through GAF Factory Certified contractors. Larry L. Vaught Roofing, Inc. is one of only 3% of contractors nationwide to be honored as a GAF Master Elite Factory Certified Roofing Contractor (the highest level of certification bestowed by GAF). As such, we are able to offer all 3 levels of extended warranty protection.

Choosing the Best Shingle Manufacturer Warranty

Now that you are aware that there are significant differences in the dollar amounts of coverage being provided by various warranties, don’t make the mistake of choosing a roofing contractor based solely upon price. Saving a few hundred dollars today (choosing a cheaper bid) could end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars in a few years if that cheaper bid only provides you the shingle manufacturer’s standard warranty. The chart below helps illustrate the differences in warranty coverages:


This chart is intended for illustrative purposes only using an assumed annual inflation rate of 3% and is based upon variable costs of labor. Actual warranty settlements are determined exclusively by the GAF Warranty Services Department on a case-by-case basis.

The Basics of a Good Roof Repair Mon, 04 Mar 2019 21:57:00 +0000

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 53 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.
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.

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.

How to Pay for a New Roof: Financing and Loan Options Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:33:00 +0000

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.

New Roof Installed on Local Landmark Suburban Lawn and Garden Fri, 02 Nov 2018 20:06:00 +0000

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:

Old roof being removed by our roofing professionals

Larry Vaught Roofing is proud to have been entrusted with the task of replacing the east barn roof at Suburban Lawn and Garden in Martin City, Missouri. We will gain a sense of accomplishment as the roof undoubtedly weathers storms for many years to come. Next time you visit Suburban Lawn and Garden you will see the new roof installed.

Larry Vaught Roofing arrives early to put the final touches on the roof at local landmark.

Laminated Glass Skylights are Preferred Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:37:00 +0000

Skylights are typically available as laminated glass skylights or tempered glass skylights. Roofing Kansas City company Vaught Roofing recommends 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.

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

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, roof repair company in Kansas City 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.


Product Testing and Certifications

To learn more about Velux skylight product testing and certification visit: 

New city ordinances add to cost of home improvements Mon, 25 Jun 2018 19:17:00 +0000

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

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.