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.

Considering a remodel? Know this before you begin.

Without a doubt, home remodeling is an exciting time. In fact, it’s so exciting for many homeowners that they’ll start a project too quickly without doing their research. Remember, before snagging the first available Omaha remodeling and roofing crew and diving into those great ideas—tempting as that might be—it’s important that you to shop around and choose the best Omaha contractor that’s right for you.

Remodeling: make it personal.

Nothing’s more important than finding a contractor that listens closely, sees your exact vision and above all, carries the experience to build your dreams without a hitch. The following are some proof points you can use to ensure you’re welcoming genuine craftsmanship into your Omaha home—and not counterfeit companies:

  • Insured and bonded.
    Make sure any Omaha roofing and remodeling candidate you’re researching has these crucial forms of protection for you, the customer, before starting any job. This will ensure that you’re working with a reputable professional while providing some recourse if something goes wrong. And speaking of insurance, ask your provider for a list of preferred Omaha contractors they often work with.
  • Qualifications and awards.
    On top of making sure a potential Omaha contractor has an active license in Nebraska, look for additional signs of quality. Do they carry IICRC certification? If roofing work is involved, are they HAAG certified? You can also check if they’ve been awarded by local Omaha business groups such as the Better Business Bureau.
  • References.
    Look for customer testimonials about the company. Do they receive positive reviews? What do third parties like Angie’s List have to say? Additionally, you may ask to be introduced to the lead person who may be working on your home and assess their experience for yourself. Remember, this is your home. Be as selective as you like when choosing your Omaha contractor.

Home sweet home improvement.

When it comes to finding the right Omaha home remodeling and roofing professionals, choose them as carefully as you’d select a new furniture set. You won’t regret the results.

For all of your remodeling or Omaha roofing needs or questions—as well as career inquiries within this rewarding field that demands top technicians more than ever—contact the experts at Total Construction today.

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Why adjusters call on Omaha’s Total Construction

Home damage happens. But when the storm season hits, insurance claims skyrocket. That’s why adjusters—amidst the frenzy of trying to handle case after case with unflinching accuracy and best practice—need a go-to Omaha contractor who’s equally reliable. Here are three reasons why many major insurance companies choose us and entrust us to uphold their great reputations.

1) On-site expertise.

With over 25 years serving our Omaha community, adjusters and homeowners have come to trust the Total Construction name. That’s why adjusters call us first for a ladder assist. When roofing is a touch too unstable, too steep, or otherwise troublesome, insurance companies rely on Total Construction to safely and efficiently evaluate any damage. Not only do we assist with on-site inspections in Omaha, we have an in-house insurance division that works directly with adjusters, often serving as a liaison between adjuster and customer. We’ll ensure the most accurate estimates, prevent any discrepancies between parties and make the process far simpler—and more accurate—for everyone.

2) HAAG Certification

All of Total Construction Services inspectors are HAAG-Certified. This might be jargon to most folks, but your insurance agent looks for this certification and so should you.

HAAG Certification ensures that contractors are a true authority when it comes to storm damage, especially when it comes to damage to your Omaha home’s roofing. Inspectors with certification can quickly and accurately inspect for damage and can evaluate appropriately. More important—these conclusions have true credibility. HAAG Certification is more than just experience. It’s the right kind of experience.

3) Award-winning service.

In addition to multiple awards, distinctions and customer testimonials for our work, Total Construction has also won the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award—twice. Amidst a vast choice of construction contractors and Omaha roofing contractors, we don’t just bring the promise of good work. We bring proof.

Insurance companies can’t afford to waste their time on subpar contractors and roofing companies. At Total Construction, we not only understand that, we’ve worked hard to demonstrate it for two decades.

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Winter: A Smart Time to Remodel Your Omaha Home

All Omaha homeowners have a few remodeling ideas they like to ponder—whether it’s a new kitchen remodel, adding that dream space to the living room or adding a new roof—but what they fail to realize is that winter is the perfect time to get it done. Here’s why.

You’ll snag discounts.

Obviously, spring and summer see the heaviest demands for Omaha home remodels. But in the winter, that demand suddenly drops. Lower demand could mean a slightly lower price for you. Winter is a wise window of time to take advantage of—and your chance to finally make that dream project a reality. Some homeowners are known to schedule remodels during their winter vacations so they can return to a newly upgraded home.

You’ll get it done faster.

Winter is the slow season for Omaha roofing and remodeling contractors. If you remodel along with everyone else in the warmer months, you could be placed on a waiting list or have a tougher time seizing your contractor when schedules are at their busiest. But during the calm, hunker-down months of winter, you’ll enjoy a more-frequent access to contractors that feels more akin to VIP status. Enjoy.

It’s 2014.

Modern Omaha remodeling contractors also have the technology and capacity to do their job any time of year. They carry specialized equipment that eliminates dust during a remodel—even when windows must stay shut during the winter—and they know how to better temperature-regulate a home during the cold months if a wall must be cut out. Contractors, and the technology they use, have come a long way. To think that winter is a no-remodel period is a now-obsolete belief.

Now that you’re privy to this information, stop waiting on that long-awaited remodel! Now that winter is here, contact a certified construction contractor and Omaha roofing contractor to discuss making your dreams a reality.

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Pro tips to warm up your home for winter.

Winterize your home with useful tips from Total Construction

With the winter chill fast upon us, it’s the perfect time to be proactive and prep your home to save on your energy bills. While there are dozens of things you can do to get your home ready for winter, we’ve trimmed down the list to a few simple and highly effective steps.

Change your furnace filter. This simple action is cheap, quick and serves a double purpose: enabling a more efficient, cost-saving flow of air through your home, and filtering your home from airborne bacteria, mold, viruses and pollen. With your windows sealed tight during the cold months, the quality of your indoor air can make a vast difference. For best results, avoid fiberglass filters and seek electrostatic and HEPA filters.

Turn down your water heater and thermostat. Most water heaters are set to 140º F—an often-needless amount of heat that converts to steam you don’t use anyways. Lower your water heater to 120º to reduce your costs by as much as 10%. Want to lower energy bills even more? Lower your thermostat. For every degree you go down, you can save an additional 3% on your monthly heating. Bypass high thermostat temps by wearing your favorite sweater instead—and the results will show.

Tax credits are everywhere. You could enjoy federal tax credits up to 30% when you do things like upgrade your insulation, install energy-efficient windows, or install an energy-efficient furnace—just to name a few. Contact a construction contractor for further advice on special offers that you can utilize. You’ll also be insulating your wallet in the process.

Install storm doors and windows. A new storm door can increase energy efficiency by more than 40%. And storm windows are no different in their effectiveness against cold winds. As you know, poor-quality windows and doors can become a freeway for cold air, which zaps your heat efficiency. A contractor can tell you the best options available.

Insulate your water pipes. Wherever your water pipes are warm to the touch, insulation is likely needed. Insulating your pipes not only serves as a preventative measure for pipe bursts, but also reduces the cost you pay for hot water. Ask a local hardware store for pipe insulation that you can install yourself—quickly and painlessly. You can also receive federal tax credits in the process.

Find a solid contractor. When it comes to fortifying your home for winter, nobody helps to better prepare you, answer your questions, or audit the energy use of your home like a good construction contractor. In addition to serving homes in Omaha and surrounding areas for decades, Total Construction has received the 2015 Better Business Bureau Integrity Award. Whatever your needs, or your queries, we’re here to help.

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Looking for a great Contractor? Seek a Preferred Insurance Vendor.

Whether your home has incurred storm or hail damage, fire damage, water damage or otherwise, you’ll need two professional parties to assist you: your insurance company and, of course, a construction contractor. The good news is, you can kill two birds with one stone by asking your insurance about a Preferred Insurance Vendor—that is, an experienced Construction Contractor who’s on their VIP list for providing dependable service again and again.

Preferred means Progress.

Working with a contractor who has a preferred relationship with your insurance ensures a quick response for the policyholder and the best possible service in the least amount of time. Why? A preferred vendor doesn’t make the cut by being mediocre. They have to earn such a status. It’s proof that they offer a professional level of efficiency and a full scope of work that’s essential in the claims process. For example, a few telltale traits of a preferred vendor may include:

• An in-house Insurance Claims Division, which lends even more speed and experience to getting the job done at the right price.
• HAAG-certified Roof Inspection capabilities, which means the contractor can assist your adjuster in identifying the right building materials and help you avoid unnecessary costs.
• Many years of estimating experience and close collaboration with adjusters, engineers, architects, building inspectors—the entire array of professionals—to keep all processes smooth.
• A sound warranty to back up its claim of quality work.

Of course, these are just a few benefits of a preferred vendor—in addition to the obvious perk of saving you time trying to hunt down a good contractor.

Remember, like all businesses, insurance companies are also interested in customer retention. And that’s why they won’t waste everyone’s time by suggesting a subpar contractor.

Total Construction has served the Midwest since 1987 with quality repair, restoration and remodeling. We’ve worked with several well-known insurance providers and continually win awards for our level of service. And that’s why customers prefer us, too.

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5 things to consider when deciding on a new roof

When it’s time for a new roof, it’s also time to know a few tricks of the trade that will make your experience far easier. From enhancing the protective qualities of your roof, to lowering overall costs, you can prepare yourself with these five useful tips.

1) Alternative shingles are becoming the new trend.
While, of course, several homes still use wooden shingles, a growing amount are switching to alternatives that include concrete slate-type shingles and polymer plastic shingles, to name a few—not only for their homes, but for their insurance companies who highly approve. Ask a contractor about the non-flammable rating as well as options that are class 4 impact-resistant, which may qualify you for insurance discounts up to 30% or more. In the event of hail, a class 4 may even, in certain instances, cause insurers to waive your deductible.

2) Qualifications.
When selecting a roofing contractor, nothing outshines the competition like industry awards and local customer testimonials. Seek them both. In terms of quality, if the roofer has achieved GAF Master Elite Status, that already places them among the top 3% in North America. It’s simple: when you research a company, research its honors and distinctions as well.

3) Emergency response.
Another important factor to look for: experience. It’s always good to have a veteran roofing contractor holstered and ready in the event of emergency storm damage. Decades of regional experience show that they can work gracefully in the aftermath of a storm while being especially prepared for everything the local climate can deliver. Another sound indicator of good service? An in-house Insurance Claims Division that works directly with insurance to save you money—while saving you needless paperwork.

4) Double check your home’s insurance policy.
If you live where hail occurs more often—the Midwest being a prime example—a shorter lifespan on a roof is a common occurrence. While most insurance companies offer good comprehensive service, be proactive and educate yourself by looking for any changes in your renewal policy that may include:

  • Refusal to cover roofs over a certain age (like 10 years)
  • Adding a separate hail deductible that’s subtracted from what you’re paid on a hail claim
  • Excluding cosmetic damage like dents in metal roofs, siding, or copper trim
  • Not covering roofs made from obsolete shingles (thus making it different to buy replacement shingles)
  • Doing partial roof repairs instead of replacing your whole roof (possibly leaving you with a patch that’s different color than your original roof)

5) Warranty.
Of course, good roofing companies offer a long-lasting roof warranty, which is a prime indicator that they stand behind their level of quality.

Serving the Metro and beyond since 1987, Total Construction is prepared to handle all your needs—even if you just have questions.

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Storm damage? Avoid a waiting list.

If hail or high winds have affected your property, don’t fret—expert repair services are available to you at a minimal wait. Total Construction is operating at fuller strength than ever to address this season’s first wave of major storms. From handling homeowner’s claims across Omaha, to claims across the Midwest including the aftermath in Red Oak, Iowa, our company carries the proven capacity and experience necessary to get you back to normal fast—wherever you live, whenever a storm hits.

Want efficiency? Seek experience first.

To ensure that we can serve you quickly—and complete the job thoroughly—our fleet operates in conjunction with our in-house insurance claims center and veteran estimators. It’s a one-two punch of experience that can expertly address both your property needs and all paperwork that arises. We’re also affiliated with a network of top third party roofers in the nation, giving us greater experience handling emergency situations and providing faster—yet finer—repairs to each home we serve. We can eliminate the obstacles that often cause delays or discrepancies in the repair process. It’s a part of our skillset.

Want more proof? Seek awards.

Total Construction has been serving Omaha and surrounding areas for 27 years. In that time, we’ve been awarded the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award and been honored as a GAF Master Elite roofing contractor—a feat that only 3% of North America’s roofing contractors have ever achieved. Add that to a list of satisfied customer testimonials that continues to grow.

When a storm hits, it’s our duty to inform you that better options are available. Because we’ve seen the grief a damaged home can cause—but moreover, seen the joy when a home is well repaired, on time.

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A trend that’s lowering premiums and growing fast.

Alternative shingles can lower premiums and lessen storm damage.

Modern-day homeowners (thanks to modern technology) are catching on to an emerging piece of wisdom in the construction world: a roof can now provide more than just protection. It can also lower insurance costs, resist fire, resist the impact of hail and enjoy greater longevity.

In other words, the age of traditional wooden shingles (or “shake” shingles) is slowly giving way to alternative shingles that are better for the home and the wallet. And that’s exactly why new-option shingles are fast becoming a trend: there’s no sacrifice on safety, quality, value or aesthetical appeal. It’s a win-win—and then some.

The alternative to wooden shingles: a new tradition for homeowners.

While, of course, several homes still use wooden shingles, an increasing amount are switching to alternatives that include concrete slate-type shingles and polymer plastic shingles, to name a few—not only for their homes, but for their insurance companies who highly approve.

How you can educate yourself.
If you’re looking for proof or where to begin, start by asking the right questions. You can ask a qualified construction contractor about the non-flammable rating when looking at potential shingle alternatives. You can also ask for options that are class 4 impact-resistant, which may qualify you for insurance discounts up to 30% or more. In certain hail events, insurers are even known to waive your deductible if you use class 4 shingles.

It’s also good to check with your homeowner’s association for the neighborhood standards when it comes to roofs. Older neighborhoods may use neutral tones (which alternative shingling can often match in color). But newer neighborhoods, at a growing rate, are exploring bolder, more colorful options than the earthy monotones of the past. Gone are the days of cookie-cutter roofs. Variety is becoming the new standard.

But above all else, a better roof is all about the insurability and longevity of your home. And that’s something that all homeowners can agree on.

For more information on exploring roofing alternatives and lowering insurance premiums, you can always call the experts at Total Construction serving the metro since 1987.

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Get ready for summer: De-winterize your home.

The summer sun is coming. Get your home ready.Winter is receding and the summer sun is teasing its way in. Now’s a perfect time to prepare your home with a few simple steps to maximize your comfort and minimize any issues this season.

Test your outside water lines. Turn your outside water line back on and check your outside faucets to ensure they’re working correctly. Reattach your hose and test it also. If there’s a small leak, you can easily repair it using a garden hose repair kit available at most retailers.

Check your home’s exterior. Now’s the time to see how your home handled the winter and preemptively address any needs before spring storms and summer swelter begin their annual barrage. Are there any shingles missing from the roof? Are there loose boards in the siding? Gaps in the windows? Torn or bent screens or any cracking in the foundation? Points where the snow leaked into the home? These are all things that can be promptly solved by a professional contractor before the problem grows more intense along with the weather.

Make sure your attic is properly ventilated. An attic that’s properly ventilated by professionals ensures that undue heat is never trapped in your home (poorly ventilated attics can reach 150ºF in the summer) while also preventing unwanted moisture. When moisture builds, it can form into mildew and molds on your infrastructure—which can sometimes become a health hazard. So let your attic breathe. The benefits may surprise you.

Get your HVAC system checked. Make sure you’re prepared when you revive the AC for another season of cooling. Professionals can check your unit to ensure it’s running correctly, locate any leaks and tune it to run most efficiently.

Test all of your outside electrical outlets. Are they working correctly? Again, a professional contractor can assist if you locate a dud, which may indicate a greater problem.

Know your market. It’s wise to be prepared. With the seasonal changes on the horizon, be sure to have a trusted contractor on hand in the event of a problem or emergency. You can ask your home insurance provider for a list of trustworthy names. But above all, look for someone who receives local awards and real testimonials indicating overall excellence and customer service.

A well prepared home decreases the likelihood of issues during the hot months, but more importantly, enables you to more easily enjoy the summer. After all, isn’t that the point?

If you have further questions on de-winterizing your home, or for anything home-related, call Total Construction any time to speak with a friendly representative.

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