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Outdated windows cannot block thermal transfer as well as modern units.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.

Ice Damming Causes Roof Damage in Omaha

After the latest bombardment of snow storms, many households throughout the Omaha area had to deal with ice damming. Those nasty icicles, and the inches of snow that create them, can seriously challenge your roofing installation. After the snow melts, it is important to inspect your Omaha roof for damage.

Often times, these storms shed light on poorly installed skylights. After the melt, check the skylights for signs of leaking. Improper insulation, bad installation, as well as other factors, play a role in leaking and should be addressed immediately.

It is also important to inspect your roofing for warping. Warping indicates that the wood underneath the shingles may be compromised, creating a serious issue. Peeling, or bubbling, shingles are another sign that your roofing need attention.

If you think your roof has some damage, call your insurance provider to have the roof inspected. Total Construction Services in Omaha can inspect your roof as well. Our HAAG certified inspectors are a trusted source for insurance agents. We can diagnosis damage and provide a course of action to help protect your home.

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Why Insurance Companies choose Total Construction among their elite

Insurance industry veterans don’t choose lightly the construction contractors they keep on hand. After all, representatives only want to connect their customers with top-notch providers with a proven history of dependability and leadership. That’s why Total Construction is proud to be a longtime contractor with several major insurance providers.

We work with adjusters

In addition to our in-house Insurance Claim Center, Total Construction has worked directly with insurance companies for decades. We serve as an experienced liaison between adjuster and customer. We work closely with insurance providers to ensure the most accurate estimates, prevent any discrepancies between parties, and eliminate needless delays—thereby making the process simpler for everyone. It’s a combination of knowing what customers need, knowing the right materials to complete the job, and even knowing how to open more options if necessary.

Award-winning service

In our constant efforts to satisfy the needs of property owners and insurance providers alike, Total Construction is honored to have received the Better Business Bureau 2014 Integrity Award—marking the 2nd time we’ve been awarded this distinction. We’ll continue to build our reputation through our personalized service, expert team of craftsmen, and our above-and-beyond approach to every job. Check out the video below to learn more.

For excellent service that continues to build our reputation—and can build yours—call the experts serving the Omaha metro and beyond.

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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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Summer of Storms: what to do if your home is damaged.

This year, the Midwest has seen a pummeling from unusually aggressive storm fronts, which makes now a good time for homeowners to know some tips when looking for a reputable contractor—and help weed out the rest.

Local experience. An unruly storm season like this one can attract many subpar contractors from out of town which, though they might offer swift repairs now, often lead to problems and consumer complaints down the road. Always trust a local contractor with many years of experience who can handle your needs and understand damages common to our region.

Local awards.
Most contractors are qualified; great contractors are awarded. Make sure a company has earned its share of honors and distinctions, such as awards highlighting business integrity, customer service excellence and certifications from house names such as HAAG or Owens Corning.

Local testimonials. In this service-driven industry, nothing speaks louder than satisfied customers who’ve been served across a variety of disciplines—whether it’s storm damage, water damage, hail damage or heavy winds. Seek out customer testimonials, whether from a company’s website or through word of mouth.

A longstanding warranty. A good roofing warranty proves that a company stands behind its work, is there to satisfy your needs and will do it right the first time. Another indicator of a contractor’s thoroughness? An in-house insurance claim center that works directly with your insurance company—thereby preventing sudden surprises and keeping numbers reasonable.

We’re serving Omaha and surrounding areas—and ready to serve you.

Total Construction is among of the top 3% of roofing contractors worldwide with GAF Master Elite status—yet we’ll always be local, serving homes and businesses in Nebraska and Western Iowa since 1987. If you’ve incurred storm damage on your property—or simply have questions—we’re here to help.

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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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