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We offer the following Facts About Ice Damming to help homeowners understand what they are dealing with. Ice damming is the result of snow melting on the upper portions of a roof, then re-freezing on lower portions of the roof. The “melting” we are referring to is that caused by warm air from the heated interior of the home escaping into the attic above. As the home’s interior heat escapes into the attic, it warms the underside of the roof deck and begins to slowly melt the snow that is resting on the roof. The melting snow drains down the roof, then begins to freeze again once it reaches that point where the roof extends beyond the exterior wall of the home (i.e. the roof overhang / eave) because that portion of the roof does not get warmed by the escaping heat from the interior of the home. The longer snow remains on a roof, slowly melting on the upper portion of the roof and re-freezing along the roof eaves below, the bigger the ice dam becomes. Eventually, the growing ice dams become so tall that the melting snow above can no longer drain over the growing ice dams below.  Once this happens, water begins to back up under the shingles and leaks into the interior of the home.  This leakage will typically then continue until the melting snow on the roof can once again drain off of the roof (i.e. will continue to leak until the ice dam is gone or no longer big enough to cause water to back up under the shingles).

There are numerous factors which contribute to the development of ice damming, including; how much heat escapes into an attic, how well ventilated the attic is, how steep the roof is, how long snow remains upon the roof, how far the roof extends beyond the exterior walls of the home, what type of roofing material is on the home, the design of the roof, the direction the roof slopes face, etc. etc. In short, there are typically numerous contributing factors which impact the potential for ice dam development. There is typically no guaranteed “cure” that can reasonably be expected to 100% prevent leakage attributable to ice damming because the typical home does not 100% prevent heat within the interior of the home from escaping into the attic, and the typical home does not have an insulated roof deck that will remain below freezing as warm air escapes into the attic. That being said, there are still ways to significantly “help” protect against leakage attributable to ice damming. The most practical / common method is to have an ice barrier underlayment installed along the roof eaves, extending a minimum of 2-feet beyond the exterior walls. The second most practical method is to have heat tape installed along roof eaves. Neither should be considered a 100% assured means of protection, but both are reasonably likely to prevent or greatly reduce the potential for leakage attributable to ice damming.

Should you encounter a leak due to ice damming, the first priority we suggest is to have the ice dam physically removed so water can drain off of the roof. This should provide immediate relief from leakage. The next step would be to have permanent repairs completed which may “help” prevent further occurrence. Permanent repairs may simply involve one procedure, or may involve numerous procedures, depending upon the specific conditions relating to the structure. For roof related issues, you can count on Larry L. Vaught Roofing (your most trusted & knowledgeable Kansas City Roofing Contractor) to provide a thorough assessment of the specific conditions of concern, followed by a free written proposal for any roof repairs we may suggest. Just be aware, we may also suggest you consult with specialists in other trades to address any “non roof related” issues we may believe to be of necessary concern (i.e. insulation in the attic, heating and cooling ducts within the attic, can lights in ceilings, flue vent pipes in the attic, etc).  For another article regarding ice damming we recommend:   http://www.ronhungarter.com/ice_dams.html 

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Larry L. Vaught Roofing has been serving the Kansas City area since 1967. We are an award winning Kansas City Roofing Contractor. 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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For courteous, professional, and competitive residential roofing services, you need look no further. We provide Kansas City roofing services and roof repair. Larry L. Vaught Roofing, Inc. is the local, family owned business that Kansas City area homeowners have counted on for 47+ years to provide outstanding service and craftsmanship!

 

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Snow Infiltrates Roof Vents after snow storm in Kansas City area. We have received a number of calls today from homeowners who report that snow blew into their attic (through roof vents) during Thursday’s severe snow storm. The solution is to replace these vents with passive roof vents which have a snow filter in them. Around January 2010, some vent manufacturers began manufacturing passive roof vents which have a snow filter inside them to render the vents more resistant to snow infiltration. Regrettably, the vast majority of passive roof vents on homes today do not have a snow filter in them so these vents are more susceptible to snow infiltration. If your vents were recently infiltrated by snow, we recommend getting the snow out of the attic promptly and replacing the vents with new passive roof vents, which have a snow filter inside them. Another suggestion is to poke a small hole in the ceiling (i.e. a pencil hole) where leakage is occurring to releave water build up and potentially reduce the extent of water damage to the ceiling. *We are not aware of any vent manufacturer warranty or contractor workmanship guarantee that covers snow infiltration of roof vents.

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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.

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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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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.

 

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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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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 52 years. We welcome the opportunity to be of service.

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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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