Roof Repair: Seek Integrity, not just Instant Quotes.

Get a Free Estimate from Total Construction ServicesWhile the storm season can seemingly produce hail out of nowhere, it also produces another sudden phenomenon: An outbreak of advertising leading you to websites offering fast free bids, instant quotes, instant roofer comparison lists and overall instant alleviation from your worries as a homeowner with roof damage.

And while these websites can sometimes yield a few good roofers with a click of your mouse, the fastest option is not always the best. Wise consumers know how to sort quality from quantity when they’re comparing which roofer is best for them—and can still fit an expert repair into a busy roofing schedule when it seems as though several contractors are backed up for months.

Be enticed by solid repair, not speedy repair.

While you’re understandably looking for an available roofer fast, it’s important to reiterate: Always look for the indicators of a great roofer first and foremost. Does the company have a good local reputation that’s backed by awards and testimonials? Do they offer a solid warranty? Do they have experience that proves their longevity in the industry? Do they work with an insurance company who can vouch for them? The roof is a literal investment over your head. It’s important to have it done right—and you’ll be much happier down the road.

You can still have both—quality repair and no waiting list.

After you’ve weeded down your options by asking the above questions, you can fine-tune your comparisons from there. And if the roofers you contact are too busy to serve you now, there’s a smart option not widely known to the public called a third party—a network of local, regional and national roofing contractors who serve much like an elite national guard wherever roofers are needed (especially right after heavy storms). And you can always ask your insurance—as well as the roofers you’re contacting—for companies that they can refer.

So if you’ve received recent hail damage to your roof, chin up. The roofing industry is evolving fast, better options are becoming available, and there’s no longer a need to settle for speedy subpar options. You can still get the best service for your roof—on time and on budget!

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How to inspect your roof for storm or hail damage.

When it comes to the roof, a heavy storm can leave homeowners scratching their heads as to whether or not they’ve incurred damage. The following are a few easy methods to determine if parts of your roof have gone rogue or remained pristine. And you don’t necessarily have to climb a ladder to do it; sometimes a pair of binoculars and a pair of sharp eyes work best.

Look for missing or creased shingles.

Although these signs are not always obvious and usually require a professional inspection, whenever a gap or unsightly groove in your shingles is in plain view, it’s a telltale sign that it might be time for a new roof.

Look for granules that have been washed or forced off your roof.

These granules normally protect the asphalt layer under your shingles from UV damage, and losing them not only indicates damage, but also speeds the aging of your roof. You’ll spot them in your driveway or your gutters if there’s been damage.

Check if other parts of your home, yard, or car have hail or storm damage.

If they do, your roof most likely needs replacement. The roof has a vast amount of surface area and often receives the heftiest brunt of a storm. Think of any adjacent storm damage on your property as “symptoms” that can diagnose the wellness of your roof.

Look at your own neighborhood.

If your neighbors are having their roof replaced, or roofing contractors are suddenly visiting your neighborhood, there’s a good chance you’ve sustained damage.

While these are a few simple DIY tips that could save you time and possibly alleviate some concerns, you can always call the experts at Total Construction Services for a free assessment and the most capable, experienced craftsmen giving your roof the utmost scrutiny. Serving Omaha, Papillion, La Vista and surrounding areas since 1987.

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Total Construction Services proud to sponsor the 2013 First Responders Action Day

To help raise funds that will go to purchase 40,000 combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors that will be installed in low-income homes by the Omaha Fire Department, Total Construction Services is pleased to sponsor this year’s First Responders Action Day — a free-of-charge, family-friendly event featuring live demonstrations from the Omaha Police Department and Fire & Rescue Department.

Guests of all ages can walk among different action zones that include a skid car, bomb robot, drunk driving simulator, segway demo, horse patrol and K-9 demonstration in the police action zones; a hydrant sprinkler, barrel demo, mobile command center, firefighter gear, HAZMAT truck, firetrucks, jaws of life, fire hoses and dive team rescues in the Firefighter action zones; and for the kids, a coloring contest, games, a photo station with police officers and firefighters, a deejay, giveaways and free food in the Kid action zones.

The event takes place this Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Omaha Public Safety Training Center at 11616 Rainwood Road—just off Blair High Road and a mile and a half west of the I-680 Irvington Road exit. Map

As a local expert in repair ranging from hail, wind and rain to any other disaster brought upon the home, Total Construction Services is honored to support another team of disaster experts—the brave men and women who serve in Omaha’s police and fire departments.

This event is produced by The First Responders’ Critical Support Foundation.

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