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Composition shingle manufacturers have announced price increases of 10% to 15% for their residential roofing products effective March 4th, 2013. They have also announced further increases of approximately 10% to be implemented in April 2013. This Vaught Roofing article is out of date. The original post is from 2013. Composition shingle manufacturers have raised prices for product since 2013. If you would like to know the current costs for composition shingle manufacturers please contact Vaught Roofing for an estimate.

Do you need a Reliable and Honest Kansas City Roofing Company?

Kansas City Roofing Company for over 50 years! Larry L. Vaught Roofing has been serving the Kansas City area since 1967. We are a Kansas City roofing company. Our emphasis is upon providing customers with a level of service and roof installation that far surpasses the industry standard. We do in fact achieve this objective, mainly as a result of our commitment to perform services with our own highly trained staff, using the best materials offered by the best manufacturers, and backed by the best warranties. Plus, you will find we are your best “value” too! Proudly serving the Kansas City metro area!

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Posted filed under Ice Damming and Winter Roof Damage.

Ice Damming is a big issue in the Kansas City area. Kansas City received approximately 9″ of snow this past Thursday 2/21/2013 and is forecast to receive another 8″ to 12″ of snow this coming Tuesday 2/26/2013. After Tuesday’s heavy snow storm, temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for the next several days. So, all that snow is most likely going to stay on roofs for quite awhile. The longer snow stays on roofs, the longer it will melt and re-freeze along the bottoms of the roof. The longer this melting & freezing cycle continues, the more likely ice dams are to develop. And, eventually ice dams may become big enough to cause leakage. If your roof does not have an ice barrier underlayment installed along the eaves and you notice ice building up significantly along your roof eaves, you may have reason for concern. Regrettably, the only immediate solution to an existing ice dam is removal of the ice dam and that is not typically an easy task. Some methods of removing ice dams from roof eaves include ice melt, heat tape, and / or physically breaking away the ice. Of course, with ice on the roof, any procedure can be hazardous to perform, so extra care should be taken to avoid injury to the person performing the work as well as the roof. We’ve been helping homeowners resolve their ice damming issues for over 45 years now and are willing to offer our services at your request. We actually hope you are able to avoid any ice damming issues, but want you to be aware of the potential for ice damming that currently exists and wish you to know we are available should you need assistance.

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What are Vaught Roofing QR Tags? Most of the “younger generation” is familiar with QR tags, but in the event you are like me, you may not know what a QR tag is. A QR tag is an image that kind of looks like a bar code, but obviously different. You will find Vaught Roofing QR tags displayed on various printed media, including menus, coupons, and magazine ads. These little matrix bar code images contain a QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) which, when scanned by smart phone will link you to a web page where information is provided. In most instances the information provided is a special promotion / discount coupon. We find this latest technology to be such a great way to offer deals to consumers that we are now adding QR tags to much of our printed media. So, the next time you see a QR tag on one of our ads, be sure to scan it to see our latest promotion. We hope you find the current offer (accessible through QR tags) to be of interest, but if not be sure to check back periodically as our promotions will change frequently.

 

*Kansas City’s Premier Roofing Contractor / Larry L. Vaught Roofing, Inc / Roof Repair / Roof Replacement / Roof Maintenance / Kansas City’s Premier Guttering Company / Gutter Repair / Gutter Replacement / Gutter Cleaning / GAF Certified Master Elite Contractor of Kansas City / Certainteed Certified Shingle Master Company.

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Posted filed under Gutter services, Roof repair & maintenance, Roofing News.

Previous to the year 2000, each city codes administration had the option of choosing from several different Building Codes, written by different groups (i.e. UBC, BOCA, CABO, etc). And each of these Building Codes were periodically updated about every three years. This resulted in literally dozens of different Building Code standards being enforced, depending upon which Code Book & which edition of the Code that each individual city chose to adopt. As you can imagine, contractors found it extremely difficult to keep up with each individual city’s particular Building Code requirements. Therefore, in order to provide one national building code standard, in the year 2000 all of the various Building Codes were combined into one new Code Book, known as the International Residential Code (a.k.a. IRC). It took a few years after the IRC was first published for cities to trade-in their old Building Code for an edition of the IRC, but virtually every city codes administration has now adopted an edition of the International Residential Code. Contractors still have to be aware of which edition of the IRC a city may be enforcing, but at least there is now only one national Code Book to be followed. Even so, you would be amazed to discover how little many roofing contractors know about Chapter 9 of the IRC (i.e. the chapter concerning “Roof Assemblies”). Not only does Larry Vaught Roofing have a thorough knowledge of and comply with this chapter of the Code Book, but we periodically contact approximately 40 of the local city codes administrations to request their most current roofing code requirements. You will find that, as Kansas City’s premier roofing contractor, Larry Vaught Roofing takes an active role to remain well informed of the key issues concerning our trade. And, with the knowledge gained during our 45+ years in business, our customer’s roofs are installed with a level of craftsmanship that vastly exceeds the industry standard. So, if you are considering replacing your roof, now is a great time to get on schedule. You’ll not only get a great roof installation, but you’ll get it at our winter pricing rates too! So, act soon.

 

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Posted filed under Gutter services, Roof installation, Roof repair & maintenance.

As expected, we are being called upon to provide quotes to repair numerous roofs in the Kansas City area which were improperly installed by the “storm chaser” roofing contractors that came to town last year after the April 3rd, 2011 hail storm. The most frequent faults of installation we are finding include: metal valley flashings that do not extend completely to the bottom of the roof and failure to replace the old metal step flashings (where the roof adjoins siding) when a shake roof is removed and replaced with a composition shingle roof. The old step flashings (installed at a 10-inch exposure) do not match up with the courses of a composition shingle roof installed at a 5-inch weather exposure and will therefore often end up leaking. The cost to fix these faults can be significant, but it’s better to fix the problems now and avoid the additional cost of interior damage that is likely to follow. If you suspect you may be a casualty of one of the storm chaser contractors, we suggest you have us take a look to see if any critical faults of installation exist “before” the leaks begin. We are the premier roofing contractor that Kansas City area homeowners have counted on for over 45 years. We welcome the opportunity to be of service.

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Posted filed under Gutter services, Roof installation, Roof repair & maintenance.

When is it a Good time to ReRoof in the Kansas City area? Just like clock work every year, Kansas City roofing contractors are busiest just before spring & winter because many homeowners decide to replace their roofs before the potentially severe weather of spring and winter arrives. It’s not a bad idea, but with so many folks thinking the same thing at the same time, Kansas City roofing contractors are busiest at those times of the year & their prices typically reflect it. With that in mind, Kansas City’s premier roofing contractor / Larry Vaught Roofing suggests you strongly consider completing your reroofing project during the “off season” (i.e. December through February) when prices are typically at their lowest! Plus, think about your yard. Would you rather have several thousand pounds of roofing material removed from your property during the winter (when the yard is dormant) or in the spring, when the yard is starting to look pretty again & the flowers are just starting to bloom? I’m confident your yard would vote to have the roof replaced during the “off season”. If you agree, give Larry Vaught Roofing a call now because, as Kansas City’s premier roofing contractor, we are in demand and are currently booked up for the next several weeks. Which means it won’t be much longer before we are scheduling work to begin next spring (i.e. our busy season). So, if you want to take advantage of winter pricing and have your reroof completed before the flowers start blooming this coming spring, better call soon. 816 761-9859, Larry L. Vaught Roofing.

Don’t Cut Corners with your ReRoof Project

When you decide it is a good time to ReRoof make sure you do not cut corners with your roofing contractor. The few examples of “cutting corners” just mentioned are not only common place, but often result in roof leakage. Regrettably, many homeowners simply don’t realize the level of craftsmanship & specific materials actually required to provide a “good” roof installation. Be careful when choosing your roofing companies Kansas City.

The simple facts are that just about anyone can fasten roofing materials to a roof deck, but few actually have the expertise to furnish the appropriate materials and install them “correctly”, especially where the roof adjoins siding, chimneys, skylights, vent pipes, roof vents, valleys, etc. And, regrettably a high percentage of those paid to install roofing materials these days fall into that category!

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Here are a few facts we thought you may be interested to know about underlayment (i.e. the roll material installed “under” the shingles / tiles). Some types of roofing material shed virtually all of the water that rains down on them, whereas other types of roofing materials do not shed all of the water (i.e. water is expected to get under some types of roofing materials). For example, very little (if any) water should ever get under composition shingles during normal weather conditions & should only potentially get under composition shingles during high wind driven rains or possibly when ice damming occurs. Yet, other types of roofing materials, such as concrete tile, will most definitely allow water beneath them, even during moderate / normal weather conditions. So, the choice of underlayment to be installed is actually much more important when installing a roofing material that is known to allow water beneath it. Yet, in many instances when a quality underlayment is critical to the roofs performance (i.e. beneath concrete tile roofing), the “minimum standard” underlayment (i.e. one ply of type 30 asphalt saturated felt paper) is installed. The result is a roof system that will likely fail many years sooner than it would have if a better underlayment had been installed, at modest additional cost. And, in those situations where the underlayment is not critical because water will likely never make its way beneath the roofing material (i.e. composition shingle roofing materials) we find some of the highest quality underlayments being installed at significant additional cost. It honestly makes no sense, but you will find this nonsensical approach to selection of underlayment occurs quite frequently. Our advice for composition shingle roofs; spend more on the quality of shingles installed and less on the underlayment. For concrete tile roofs; spend more on the underlayment and cut back on the cost of the field tiles if necessary. We also recommend ice barrier underlayments at certain areas of the roof where ice damming may present problems. For more information, see our blog titled “Ice barrier underlayments” or give us a call and we will gladly discuss further.

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Are you having issues with Attic Ventilation? Record high temperatures are making it extremely difficult for homeowners to keep their homes cool this summer. As a result, many are calling us for assistance in determining whether or not their attics are adequately ventilated. Providing adequate intake and exhaust ventilation for the home’s attic can help reduce energy costs “year round”. And a properly ventilated attic typically makes it easier / less costly to maintain more comfortable temperatures in the living space. So, just because the hot summer months may be over soon, it’s still a good idea to find out if your attic has adequate intake and exhaust ventilation. Give us a call & we will provide you a no charge assessment of your current attic ventilation, along with a quote for any additional ventilation we may recommend. *See our “April 2012 Tip of the Month” for more information about attic ventilation.

*Kansas City’s Premier Roofing Contractor / Larry L. Vaught Roofing, Inc / Roof Repair / Roof Replacement / Roof Maintenance / Kansas City’s Premier Guttering Company / Gutter Repair / Gutter Replacement / Gutter Cleaning / GAF Certified Master Elite Contractor of Kansas City / Certainteed Certified Shingle Master Company.

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Are Roof Maintenance costs getting you down? Last year’s major hail storm spoiled roofers by providing them with bountiful business. But now business is back to normal, or actually “less” than normal, mostly due to the unusually dry conditions we are facing in the midwest. As a result, many asphalt shingle (a.k.a. composition shingle) distributors are feeling the slow down. So much so that some shingle distibutors are dropping their shingle prices. Therefore, with fall coming (and hopefully some much needed rain), now is a great time to purchase a new roof. It may not be raining now, but it is eventually going to and when it does there are going to be some leaky old roofs that need to be replaced. If your roof is one of them, why not take advantage of the currently lower costing materials and replace your roof “before” it starts raining & before shingle costs go back up? When you do replace your roof, be selective and choose the very best contractor for the job. See what Angie’s List members, the Better Business Bureau, and customer reviews at GAF are saying about Larry L. Vaught Roofing.

Don’t settle for Shoddy Roofing Contractors for Roof Maintenance

Bad roofing contractors can damage your home! Choose a professional, honest and experienced roofing contractor company. We strongly encourage you to compare contractors by visiting their jobs in progress. It is absolutely the best way to discover first hand how contractor’s actually operate. We will gladly provide you with the addresses of our jobs in progress upon request.

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The written contractor proposal (a.k.a. contract) is one of the key tools a homeowner has at their disposal for determining the quality of service they can expect a contractor to provide. If a contractor submits a sloppy, misspelled, vague proposal, you should conclude that this contractor’s roofing installers may very well perform their tasks as poorly as the sales staff did! Every proposal submitted by Larry Vaught Roofing is customized to address the specific scope of work recommended for that job. A lot of time and effort goes into preparing our proposals, with full consideration of the homeowner’s best interest in mind. Yet many contractors rely on a standardized form & simply fill in a few blanks to accommodate every potential customer’s needs. And some contractors provide nothing more than a hand written note that simply indicates the type of shingles they are proposing to install, along with the dollar amount, and that is it! When you receive a reroof proposal from Larry Vaught Roofing, we will have considered numerous factors: including, adequate intake & exhaust ventilation, 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 kickout of flashings, city reroof permits, and compliance with any specific local code requirements. Our professionalism starts at the beginning of the bidding process and continues 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. Request a proposal from Larry Vaught Roofing for your next roofing project and you’ll 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 professional & caring contractor that much easier!

Roofing Contractor Checklist

You may also be interested in reading our Roofing Contractor Checklist. Vaught Roofing has put together a helpful checklist for homeowners to consider when selecting a Kansas City roofing contractor.

*Kansas City’s Premier Roofing Contractor / Larry L. Vaught Roofing, Inc / Roof Repair / Roof Replacement / Roof Maintenance / Kansas City’s Premier Guttering Company / Gutter Repair / Gutter Replacement / Gutter Cleaning / GAF Certified Master Elite Contractor of Kansas City / Certainteed Certified Shingle Master Company.

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