4 Benefits of Replacing Your Old Windows

There comes a time in the lifecycle of any house when you have to consider replacing the windows. You may be hesitant at first, especially if you don’t how much you stand to gain from the replacement. In this post, the top construction company in Lincoln, NE, lists four benefits that our replacement windows offer your home.

  1. Energy Savings

Outdated windows cannot block thermal transfer as well as modern units. In most cases, they lack weatherproofing features, which allows drafts to seep in and increase your energy bills each month. Replacement windows can eliminate this leakage and help you enjoy better savings on utility bills.11222

  1. Enhanced Appearance

Today’s windows come in a wide array of colors and other options, which can be used to give your home a major facelift. No matter the style of your home, we are confident that you will find a window that suits your taste and budget.

  1. Noise Reduction

If you live near the airport or on a busy street, the noise in your house can become disturbing. Replacing your windows with dual-pane glass can make your home more soundproof. After all, who doesn’t want more peace and quiet in their home?

  1. Maintenance Ease

Windows endure the brunt of harsh weather conditions. If your old windows have wood frames, you probably know how hard it is to keep them looking good, especially after many years. Replacement units, on the other hand, tend to be very low-maintenance. A simple wipe every now and then will leave them looking clean and fresh.

With Total Construction Services, replacing your old windows is just one call away. As the leading general contractor in Des Moines, Iowa, we provide an exciting selection of siding, windows and other home improvement solutions to keep your home in top shape.

Give us a call today at (402) 572-7457 or fill out our online request form to get a FREE estimate on your next window replacement project. From start to finish, we will work with you to develop a plan that fits your exact needs.

4 Reasons You Can Trust Us with Your Contracting Needs

When damage occurs to your commercial property, one of the first things that will come to mind is finding a reliable contractor to assess the situation and offer solutions. With the high number of commercial contractors available for hire, finding the right one can be tricky. When it comes to commercial construction in Lincoln, NE, Total Construction Services is the company that you can trust to get the job done. Here’s why.

  1. We take a personalized approach.

Nothing’s more critical than finding a contractor who listens closely, understands your ideas and has the skill to handle your project smoothly. We map out a custom plan to suit the requirements of each project. In addition, we understand that time is money, so we work fast without sacrificing quality. This ability to ssssmeet your specific needs is what sets us apart from other contractors

  1. We are Haag-certified.

We are proud to be one of the few Haag-certified roofers in the area. This status allows us to address your needs better and provide accurate evaluations for your property. Haag certification is more than mere experience; it’s an assurance of quality.

Total Construction Services also takes pride in being a GAF Master Elite® Roofing Contractor. This award is proof of our experience and high standing in the community, and our ability to provide only the highest standard of sales, service and installation.

  1. We handle insurance matters for you.

You don’t have to deal with your insurance company on your own. We’ve handled insurance claims in Omaha, NE, and surrounding areas for 25 years. We know how insurance companies work and we will work closely with the adjusters to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

  1. We offer a wide range of services.

While other contractors may limit themselves to one specialty, Total Construction provides a variety of expert services. From remodeling, restoration and roofing projects to minor and whole-structure repairs, we can handle the lot from start to finish. This way, you don’t have to contact multiple contractors for your building’s needs.

For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation, give us a call at (402) 572-7457. You can also fill out our online form and we will get in touch.

 

Ask the Expert: “How Long Will My Roofing Project Take?”

Ask the Expert: “How Long Will My Roofing Project Take?”

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Replacing a roof is a big undertaking that is usually preceded by plenty of thought and planning on the homeowner’s part.  There are plenty of reasons to have new roofing in Omaha, NE installed.

  • Purchase of a new home with an old or aesthetically outdated roof.
  • Noticeable signs of aging like cracked, warped and curling shingles.
  • Damage after a major storm or other weather event.
  • High heating and cooling bills and temperature that is uneven between floors of a home.
  • Leaks in the attic during and after heavy rainfall.
  • Need to increase resale value of a home before it goes on the market.

Crunching the Numbers

Depending on the motivation for replacing a roof, homeowners may have different needs and expectations for the timeframe within which they’d like to have the job completed.  That’s why customers often ask how long the average roof replacement takes.  We give them a ballpark figure of anywhere from one day to two weeks. The exact answer depends on a few factors, including:

  • Square footage of the roof. As common sense dictates, replacing a 2,500 square foot roof will likely take longer than it would for a 1,500 square foot roof. It may mean a difference of a day or two.
  • Weather. Since the condition of your home, the integrity of our workmanship and the safety of our workers are Roofing & More’s main priorities, we reserve the right to postpone or pause the work on a roof replacement in the event of bad weather (rain, snow, hail, etc.). A factor that’s out of our control, weather can make a project take longer than planned.
  • Complexity of the project. Sometimes a simple roof replacement turns into a not-so-simple larger-scale home repair. When contractors run into structural problems that weren’t evident during the initial assessment, we alert the homeowner to the extra time and cost required to address the unforeseen issue.

At Total Construction Services, our goal is to communicate clearly with the homeowner throughout the process so that in the event that the job takes longer than expected, the homeowner knows why. We complete any roof replacement in Omaha in a timely manner with thorough excellence. Call today to schedule a free roof assessment.

Is your roof system in poor health?

We all rely on our roofing system to keep our homes dry and direct rain and snow safely away. All of us wish our roofs can last forever, however we all must realize that all roofs degrade over time. With the often-intense weather we see in Omaha, weaknesses in your Omaha home’s roofing system may begin to show. After a heavy rain storm here are a few items to keep an eye on.

Are your shingles loosing ‘pebbles’?

The granules that adhere to asphalt shingles break down over time, eventually losing their sticking power, and can wash off in rain. Check near the end of your downspouts for little stone looking pieces. These little granules can often be seen in the sediment in your gutters. If you see more than a handful of granules, it may be time to have your roof inspected.

Speaking of gutters…

Just about all homeowners know they need to be better at cleaning their gutters. Your gutters should not be overflowing in a heavy rain. If they are, your gutters need to be inspected. Get up on a ladder and see if you have debris stuck, or if your gutters are pulling off the fascia. There should never be a gap between the edge of your roof and your gutters. Any gaps or overflow have the potential to damage your siding, or cause water to sit too close to your home.

Check your basement for signs of water!

When your gutters are working properly, you should never see signs of water in your basement. If the water is not being move away from your house, you should check to make sure your downspouts are attached properly. Water next to your foundation can cause a ton of problems, including the growth of mold.

Total Construction Services has HAAG certified inspectors in Omaha who are able come out and help diagnose any issues with your roofing. We also are mold remediation specialists, ready to treat and prevent mold problems in your home.

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Meet Matt Yankus

As one of the newest members of our team, Matt Yankus is excited to bring his experience and dedication to each project he tackles.

Matt is a local Omaha guy, whose interest in construction started at an early age. As a kid, with his woodworking father, Matt built a tree house in the yard and his interest blossomed from there. He furthered his interest in buildings by joining the engineering team at Gross High school. After graduating, Matt attended University of Nebraska Omaha, earning a degree in Construction Management with a minor in Business.

His education put him on a path which opened doors to the commercial building construction industry. This experience allowed the opportunity to participate in projects for healthcare facilities and national brands, such as McDonalds and Gordmans. He currently is HAAG certified, is EPA lead abatement certified, and is a member of the Member of the Associated General Contractors of America.

Matt currently helps us with both residential and commercial projects in Omaha, including roofing,remodeling and restoration. He embodies our values of customer service.

Total: Matt, what do you like best about working for Total Construction Services?

Matt: I really enjoy the opportunity to meet with homeowners to discuss plans, implement ideas, and solve the needs of our customers. With a background in commercial contracting, I didn’t always have the opportunities to do think creatively about projects.

Total: We really appreciate that you, as a project manager, are willing to throw on the tool belt to help meet deadlines. When people consider Total Construction Services in Omaha, what can they expect?

Matt: Well, we aren’t a typical construction company. We are genuine, and consider all options for your Omaha home’s roofing, remodeling and restoration. We help look at the best options with our customers and discuss cost and outcome. We can literally do any project for a customer. “Total” really applies to any and all projects we do.

We want to thank Matt for taking the time to share his thoughts. Feel free to ask for him by name for your next project. Contact Total Construction Services today.

Roofing Omaha: a modern fashion movement in home remodeling

Omaha home remodeling projects are fast on the rise in 2015. Why? Besides the obvious answer of an economy that’s on the upswing, another major reason is that remodeling now has more options than ever, thanks to current technology—helping Omaha homeowners realize many different ways to modernize their homes.

More than ever, that means roofing. In fact, there’s a word you may soon hear floating around the market: roofscapes.

Roofing has evolved—big time. They’ve come an impressively long ways. They’re far more than a bland top covering as they were in the past. Today, they’re becoming increasingly customized to each homeowner’s needs, the way their smart phones have customized protective skins. One could say that roofs are now perceived as personalized crowns that rest atop a home.

Choosing a roof is now exciting.

Color. Materials. Shake roofs. Modern alternative roofs that include concrete slate-type shingles and polymer plastic shingles with unmatched longevity and insurance benefits. With all of today’s options to consider, choosing roofing for you Omaha home is now just as exciting as finding that amazing kitchen tile, bathroom tile, or anything else that adds life to a home while matching it perfectly. Roofs are no longer just an obligation; they’re an opportunity. It’s becoming a popular mindset: why not show off what’s on top while building my home’s equity?

Where to start? Talk to a contractor.

A good Omaha roofing contractor can help you with first steps and provide further education. You’ll not only find a solid warranty, but also locate the best-looking, yet best-protecting, materials retain their beauty against the harshest weather. On top of that, you can also find out about insurance benefits or any tax credits that may apply to your new roof.

In the roofing arena, function and fashion are working together more than ever. Things are looking “up”—and now’s a great time to take advantage for your Omaha home

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Total Construction Services – Omaha Roofing Contractors who Install the Best

When it comes to top-of-the-line roofs, Total Construction Services Omaha roofing contractors install the best. Since 2001, DaVinci has produced award-winning polymer roofing products designed to match the look of slate or wood shingles. Their custom state-of-the-art polymer technology is designed for both its durability and its looks, creating beautiful and durable composite roofing tiles.

As part of a recent home renovation project, Total Construction Services Omaha roofing contractors installed DaVinci tiles to complete the homeowners’ vision.

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Total Construction Services on the scene of a recent remodel and roofing project.

To learn more about DaVinci tiles, contact Omaha’s roofing experts – Total Construction Services.

The new trends in shake shingles

Shake shingles may be the sharpest looking roofs out there. The classic lines instantly give your home an impressive look. Many Omaha homeowners look to cedar shakes to give that extra dash of class. These shakes often come with some drawbacks. Replacement cost for raw materials has increased in recent years, leaving many insurance policies on shaky ground. As your cedar shakes break down over time, you should keep in mind potential replacement materials.

Composite Polymer

(Enviroshake®):

These shakes have the closest look to the wood shingles. Made from polymer reinforced with fiber and resins, these shingles have heighten resistance to cracking and thermal shock. Made from 95% recycled and reclaimed materials, these shingles are resistant to discoloration, and are made from natural fibers to replicate the look of real wood. They are also resistant to mold, mildew and insects.

Plastic and Synthetics

Plastic is a polymer that has no fiber reinforcement. Many varieties of these products exist, and are made to duplicate different looking roof options. Use of plastic roofing has been on the rise, most likely due to lower product costs. Plastic roofing shingles are lightweight, and easy to install. While the costs may be reduced, the look of this shingles often leaves homeowners wanting more.

Clay

Although top of the line clay shingles have minimal water absorption and high resistance to thermal shock and cracking, their inability to withstand freeze-thaw makes them an illogical choice for geographies where cold weather conditions are prevalent. The benefit to clay tiles, is that if properly maintained, they can last a lifetime.

Rubber

Made from recycled materials, rubber offers a sustainable way to keep your home safe. Rubber resists cracking, discoloration, mold, and withstand harsher climates. These shingles generally take a bit of maintenance and can be problematic in windy situations.

With all the options out there, your best option might be to call the roofing experts at Total Construction Services. Our professionals can explain all the options, and help you decide on the best look for your roof.

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What Happens in Vegas Shouldn’t Stay In Vegas

Total Construction Services of Omaha is proud to share with the industry our latest accomplishment. Kevin Jackson and Mitch Stringer recently attended a three day educational and accreditation seminar held in Las Vegas, where both received their HAAG Commercial Roof Inspector Certification.

This level of recognition puts Total Construction Services into a class of Roof Damage Assessment inspectors in Omaha, that only a select number of professionals in the US can claim.

To pre-qualify for this HCI-C exam, companies are required to have:
• Minimum 50 Commercial Roof Inspections in the past 10 years
• Current HAAG Residential Inspector certification
• At least 3 years commercial property field adjuster experience

At Total Construction Services, we believe that education, training, and certification set us apart in the Omaha Roofing industry. Let us help you on your next project.

Total Construction Services – Commercial Contracting Experts

The crew at Total Construction Services doesn’t always focus on residential projects.
We have certified commercial contractor professionals who are ready to help plan your Omaha business remodel, help with your restoration or replace your Omaha business’ roofing.


Our Omaha commercial remodeling and restoration experts recently helped Schmidt Music update the interior of their store, adding some nifty features – including sound proof glass for rehearsal rooms.
Stop by their store and check out some of our handy-work.