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GAF ELK is now manufacturing 30-year Camelot composition shingles and intends to manufacture a 30-year Country Mansion and 30-year Grand Slate shingle this spring. So, if you love the looks of the lifetime warranted Camelot, lifetime warranted Country Mansion, or the lifetime warranted Grand Slate shingles, but your budget won’t allow the lifetime variety, you will be pleased to know the 30-year varieties are, or soon will be available.

Roof Warranties

No matter how new your roofing materials are you need a roof warranty.  Even the camelot compositions shingles need a warranty. Larry Vaught Roofing offers Kansas City homeowners the industry’s best roof warranties and gutter warranties.  We guarantee our workmanship for 8 years. You’ll find 5 years to be standard among most contractors nationwide. Larry Vaught Roofing is also a GAF Master Elite certified roofing contractor and Certainteed Shingle Master certified roofing contractor.  As such, we are able to provide our customers with material warranties that far exceed the warranty period most roofing contractors are able to offer.  To learn more about these warranties, which provide non pro-rated warranty coverage of materials for up to 50 years and even offer to back our workmanship for up to 20-years

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As much as I like to promptly post a new “Tip” on our website each month, we have simply been too busy the last few months for me to get the time (until now). The reason for us being so busy is a fairly significant hail storm that hit the area Saturday September 18th. The result of this storm was a significant number of damaged roofs stretching from Lawrence, Kansas to Independence, Missouri. If you suspect your roof may have been damaged, you should give us a call for a no cost, no obligation assessment of the roof. We will give you an honest and accurate assessment of any damage which may exist and if you file a claim, we will gladly help you through the entire process.

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An important reason for providing attic ventilation is to remove water vapor, which tends to accumulate in attic spaces. Moisture laden air (a.k.a. water vapor) from a home’s interior will find its way into the attic spaces above and unless adequate ventilation of the attic is provided, the water vapor will accumulate in the attic. Too much water vapor in the attic can not only cause insulation to be “wet” and therefore less effective, but can also result in water damage to the home. By providing adequate “intake” and “exhaust” ventilation, moisture is removed from the attic space sufficiently to prevent problems. However, most vaulted ceilings in our area have insulation completely filling up the space between the interior ceiling and the roof deck above, which prevents virtually any ventilation from occurring. Therefore, vaulted ceilings are typically more susceptible to problems of condensation. So, if you have a vaulted ceiling with problems of condensation or are simply concerned about the potential problems that could occur due to having an un-vented vaulted ceiling, please be sure to make us aware that you have a vaulted ceiling when we propose to reroof your home. If we are made aware of the situation, we can often propose a solution. Otherwise, the opportunity to address the problem could easily be missed since it is typically impossible to determine that a home has an un-vented vaulted ceiling by simply looking at the exterior of the home (which is what most roofing contractors do when they measure a roof for the purpose of preparing a reroof proposal). Some signs to look for that indicate you may have a problem of condensation at vaulted ceilings include water stains around can lights or discoloration (mold stains) at the peak of a vaulted ceiling. You will find our proposal presentation is a great time to go over issues of ventilation and other specific issues your reroof project may entail.

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As asphalt becomes more expensive and in shorter supply, it appears that asphalt shingle manufacturers may be looking for ways to “reduce” the amount of asphalt required in the manufacture of their shingles. I haven’t heard a lot about the subject yet, but have been told asphalt shingle manufacturers are researching new ways to construct asphalt shingles in a fashion which would require less asphalt as a component of the shingle. I’ll post more information about the subject as more is learned, but it sounds as if asphalt shingles will have less asphalt in them in the near future. Once these new weight asphalt shingles start being installed, only time will tell how well they perform. However, when and if these new weight asphalt shingles become available they may not meet the current specifications / restrictions of certain sub divisions unless they meet the minimum weight required. For example, the City of Leawood has required asphalt shingles weigh a minimum of 300 pounds per 100 square feet of coverage. The typical lifetime warranted asphalt (a.k.a. composition) shingle weighs approximately 310 pounds, but with the new technologies being considered, a typical lifetime warranted asphalt shingle in the near future may only weigh 275 pounds. Thus, it may become necessary for certain cities and sub-divisions to “re-write” their roofing specifications / restrictions to accomodate for these new weight shingles as they become available. I have always recommended that roofing specifications incorporate both a minimum warranty period and a minimum weight to assure the quality of materials desired because a shingle could have a lifetime warranty, yet weigh considerably less than the typical industry standard lifetime warranted shingle. For this reason, it is wise to specify both the warranty period and weight, so you have a better specification which prevents potentially lessor quality materials from being approved. However, as much as the reasoning remains sound, when and if new weight asphalt shingles become available (due to less asphalt being used as a component of the shingle), designating a required minimum weight of shingle may be difficult or even impossible to determine until new weight standards for these new weight shingles are established. And, since research and development of these new weight asphalt shingles is likely to occur at a different pace amongst the various asphalt shingle manufacturers, I expect the establishment of new standards for asphalt shingle weights may be several years in the making.

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Larry Vaught Roofing has a great reputation for doing exceptionally good work. Because of our reputation, we typically have a lengthy back log of work on schedule. If you need a job completed promptly we can occasionally accomodate, but please be aware we routinely have a waiting list of several weeks to several months, so please don’t wait until you must choose a contractor simply based upon who can start the job the fastest. This often results in a less than desirable experience and you will find we are definitely worth the wait!

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Beware of another Roofing Scam in the Kansas City area. If a storm causes damage to your home, beware of the contractor offering to perform all of the necessary repairs for whatever amount they can get your insurance company to agree to pay. These companies are often simply looking for a way to get their hands on your insurance funds without having to do much, if any work to earn it. Here’s one way they do it. The roofing scam is they will tell you they are an “insurance claims specialist” and if you will just sign the dotted line, authorizing them to deal directly with your insurance company, they will negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf and agree to perform the work for that negotiated amount. They make themselves sound good by telling you they can find lots of damage that might otherwise go un-detected. They claim they can get you a larger settlement amount than you would get on your own, and they might even claim to be a big super duper company that is able to perform all of the various types of repairs themselves, saving you from having to hire several contractors to get the same work completed. The big problem is, these contractors are often “NOT” really a professional outfit at all and if you decide you do not want their services, you may find that you have signed a contract granting them a hefty percentage of your total insured loss amount, even if you choose not to have them do any work. So, even though they may never perform any of the work needed to correct the storm damage to your home, you could potentially end up paying them 15% or more of your insurance settlement amount simply for having authorized them to “handle your claim.” So, please be very wary of someone who is all too eager to “handle your claim” for simply agreeing to sign the dotted line on their form.

Regardless of the reason for a Kansas City roof inspection, roof inspections are best performed “upon the roof” (not from the ground) by someone who has the training, knowledge, and experience to identify all relevant factors, including:

  • Normal weathering
  • Manufacturer defects
  • Storm related damage
  • Intentional (i.e. mechanical/hammer-caused) damage
  • Un-intentional (i.e. foot fall, tree limbs, rodents, etc) damage
  • Standard methods of installation
  • Compliance to local code requirements
  • Proper integration of roofing with siding
  • Proper ventilation
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If you watch the news much, you’ve undoubtedly seen more than one story about a homeowner who paid a Roofing Contractor deposits up front and never saw the company return to do any work. The sad truth is it happens all the time! Consumers are simply too trusting and evidently there are a lot of contractors that just aren’t trustworthy! In most instances I don’t believe consumers should EVER agree to pay a roofing contractor deposits. However, there are two instances I can understand why a contractor could reasonably expect a deposit. One instance is when a contractor must custom order products or materials for a particular job. In those situations, were the customer to default for any reason, the contractor could be stuck with product or materials he may not be able to use elsewhere. A deposit would help protect the contractor from being out-of-pocket for any custom products or materials he may not be able to use on another job. The other instance a deposit may be justified is when the contractor is concerned that a customer may be unable to pay for the job. In those situations a contractor may wish to protect themselves from a potential bad credit risk by demanding a portion or even all of the proceeds in advance. However, in most instances I firmly believe a deposit is simply not justified and ill advised! After all, if a contractor needs a deposit from you in order to afford the materials for your job, that company obviously does not have enough working capital or credit to be bidding your project. In virtually all instances you would be better off to avoid the risk and worry of paying an advance deposit if you can.

The safest choice is to deal with a professional who doesn’t need your hard earned money up front to fund their operations. We rarely ask for a roofing deposit and when we do it is typically because of one of the two reasons just mentioned. Larry Vaught Roofing has been serving the area since 1967. We fund all of our projects with our own working capital and you may rest assured we do not need a deposit from you to fund our operations. So let Larry Vaught Roofing provide your roofing and guttering needs and eliminate the risk of being ripped off by one of those guys who needs your money up front before he will even consider showing up later to do the work.

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