Total Construction named Midwest region Contractor of the Year

In a monumental event for our company, the internationally renowned Contractor Connection has named Total Construction the Midwest Region Contractor of the Year.

Contractor Connection is known across the industry for having the best construction and building repair and remodeling contractors in the U.S. and Canada, as well as being the largest fully independent network of managed contractor repair for insurance companies and consumers.

While Total Construction is honored to accept this award from such a highly respected source, we remember what got us here in the first place—putting the customer first. Since 1987, we’ve never stopped short of your complete satisfaction, approached every job with a relentless Midwestern work ethic, and earned our reputation by doing the job right the first time, every time.

We hope our customers agree. And while this is a landmark award, we plan on celebrating by doing what we know best: Getting back to work.

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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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Or learn more about Third Party Management.

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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Who’s repairing your Roof? Look for Proof.

As this storm season unfolds, it seems that wind and hail aren’t the only culprits threatening the integrity of your roof. In a story so peculiar that WOWT investigated and aired it on their evening news, a few brave scammers are cold calling residents across the Metro and posing as Total Construction.

Of course, our job is to ensure that you receive the best roof repair and never get shortchanged by imitators providing subpar work. That’s why we’re sharing the following tips to ensure your roof receives repair from our expert craftsmen—and not counterfeits.

Ignore cold calls.

Total Construction has served the Metro for more than 25 years. We’ve built our name through customer referrals and word of mouth—never solicitation by phone. If someone cold calls you with the Total Construction name, the call is phony (no pun intended).

Get their number and try calling them back.

When you dial it, does it connect to a legitimate company? A human being with a first and last name?

Check for a tangible presence.

Ask where they’re located. Does the company have a legitimate local address? What about a company website? Does the website have real employee profiles that put a real face and name behind their service? Do their trucks and uniforms say Total Construction?

Check for awards, testimonials and credentials.

Total Construction has received the 2010 Better Business Bureau Integrity Award, an abundance of real testimonials from satisfied customers, and a license from the state. It’s illegal to do roofing work in Omaha without a license, and yet another good way to expose an inadequate roofer trying to solicit your business.

Remember, when you need expert roofing, restoration, or remodeling, Total Construction is ready to put our experience to work for you. Accept no substitute!

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Storm or hail damage to the roof? A third party manager can work miracles.

Total Construction Services Roofing Restoration ExpertsWe’ve all heard the old saying, “the calm after the storm.” But can there be peace of mind after storm damage to the roof, especially when it seems like all roofers are suddenly overbooked and unavailable? Thankfully, there’s an answer. It’s a smarter, lesser-known approach to gain fast access to a top network of roofing contractors in the area, a better warranty, and most importantly, the level of repair your home deserves.

Why a third party should be a first choice.

In a nutshell, a third party management repair program is a network of local, regional and national roofing contractors who serve much like an elite national guard wherever roofers are needed (especially after heavy storms). This roundtable of roofing experts have all undergone a rigorous credentialing process and have delivered proven craftsmanship and customer service on every job. Only the best pre-qualified roofers get in, and by contacting or registering with a third party, you’ll reap major benefits:

Faster response. There’s often a shortage of roofing manpower for weeks, or even months, after a storm. A third party solves this by managing a network of readily available contractors.

An extended warranty.
Up to five years, which is currently the best roofing warranty in the industry.

A watchdog for you.
Above all, a third party serves as a manager on all ends. They manage the roofing contractor assigned to you to ensure everything is inspected accurately and repaired on time, on code. But they also bring more experience to the job, enabling them to handle necessary paperwork and work with adjusters to pinpoint exaction. There’s no hassle, guesswork, or improper estimates when a third party is managing all sides.

An emerging trend in the roofing industry.

A third party management solution stemmed recently from a legitimate need for a better industry-wide solution. In a sense, it’s a modern repair to the roofing industry as a whole. Homeowners love it, insurers love it, and it’s a great way to ensure you receive better, prompter repairs after a storm—whether it’s your roof, siding, or gutters.

Total Construction Services is proud to claim that we are an approved third party roofing and restoration contractor, providing acclaimed roof, restoration and repair services across the Omaha, Norfolk and Lincoln metro areas since 1987.

In fact, it’s likely that we’re already registered as a preferred contractor of choice with your carrier. Check us out at www.mytotalconstruction.com.

Learn more about Third Party Management.

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Total Construction Accepted as builder for VA Home Loan Guaranty Program

Total Construction is honored to partner with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in their mission to assist our servicemen and women.

The VA Home Loan Guaranty Program provides both veterans and those currently serving our country, along with their spouses, with much-needed benefits and financial backing to make home ownership more accessible. Total Construction will assist the program where needed with home repair, restoration, and building new homes.

The Department of Veterans Affairs takes good care of their own—an approach we intend to replicate as a builder within the program. We believe that providing quality construction services is yet another way to ensure the continued quality of life for those who serve our country.

Total Construction has provided the Midwest with acclaimed roofing, repair and remodeling since 1987.

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Looking for a good construction contractor after storm damage? Contact your insurance agent.

Few things are closer to the heart than home sweet home. So when you’re dealing with damage to your house—whether wind, rain, hail, fire damage, water damage or disaster—you want the repairs done right, on time, and without hassle. Fret not. You can put your insurance company to use, along with a few other rules of thumb, to help you find a proven contractor who will work on your home as if it were their own, and for an honest price.

It’s a numbers game.

We all know that insurance companies, by nature, are careful and sticklers for accuracy. But that’s a good thing. In 2013, they’re measuring ways to satisfy customers even better. They’re scoring customer satisfaction right down to the decimal. That means insurance providers are shortening their lists and becoming stricter on who remains in their network of preferred contractors. Only the best ones make the cut, and as the market only grows more competitive, today’s insurance companies won’t gamble with a contractor who’s anything less than legendary at their specialty.

The driving force behind this trend is called policyholder retention, a.k.a., your happiness as a customer. Your utmost satisfaction is the goal of good insurance, as well as the good contractors they keep in their proverbial rolodex. So if you receive, or request, a list of preferred contractors from your insurance company, you can be assured that they mean good business. Because in 2013, it’s not about who they know; it’s about who produces impeccable results for customers, again and again.

Other signs that lead to stellar contractors.

While insurance is a good start to finding an A-list of construction contractors, here are some other ways to help narrow it down when you need a tried-and-true specialist in restoration, roofing, or repair:

A good reputation.
Has the company earned local awards to prove itself as a standout against the competition?

A solid warranty.This not only signifies a company’s faith in the high quality of its own work, but commitment to the satisfaction of each customer.

Testimonials. While it’s important to find a roofer who’s certified, it’s also important to locate solid customer testimonials that lend credibility to a company’s level of care, friendliness, and timeliness getting the job done. Angie’s List is also a reliable source.

Local dependability. If you’re looking for service in Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion or surrounding areas, Total Construction has been a trusted contractor in the metro since 1987. Winner of the 2010 Better Business Bureau Integrity award, we serve each customer’s exact needs and while working seamlessly with insurance companies through our insurance claims department. We believe it’s important to seek the best contractor, and we believe we can compete with the best.

Home Improvements Can Lower Insurance Premiums and More.

Whether it’s roof replacement, new siding or simple repair work, improvements to the home not only increase your property’s value and comfort, but can also decrease your insurance rates. Savvy homeowners can take advantage of this one-two punch to ensure that equity is flowing into their homes–while money is flowing back into their wallets. So if you own a home, or if you’re simply scouting for a new home, the following are some helpful pointers to remember.

A simple phone call could do wonders.

It’s important to realize that, while insurance providers try to be accurate, they’re not always able to see and know everything. If you make an upgrade to your home, whether major or minor, let them know. In one case, a homeowner’s insurance rose 30% at renewal time, prompting him to call his provider. In a turn of events, he discovered that they were unaware he’d hired professional roofers to install a new roof. The result? They decreased his rate to 10% lower than it was originally. One phone call made a difference of 40% in his premium, proving that a little communication can really go a long way. When it comes to the house, if you improve it, announce it.

A few good questions might lead to insights.

Even right now one can look at a home for possible savings opportunities. Here’s one good question to ask: Is the roof new? Nothing speaks better to an underwriter than a roof with proof. New roofs are safer for you, but safer for insurance providers to cover. And if a roof is constructed of impact-resistant shingles, you could qualify for further discounts–especially if you live in a region prone to occasional hail or high winds.

Another good question to ask: How’s the siding?
Insurance companies will check a building’s exterior material before insuring the property–and materials such as brick, stone, and concrete or cementious siding are fire resistant and could attract greater discounts. On the other hand, an exterior such as EIFS siding (which looks like traditional stucco but is actually different underneath the surface) is not as fire resistant, or impact resistant, thereby drawing a higher insurance rate. You can always contact a construction professional to get the clearest answers.

And when you do search for the best contractor, ask them: Are they a Haag-Certified Roof Inspector? Do they hold a current certified installer accreditation from the shingle manufacturer? Choosing the right professional with experience already puts you at an enormous advantage in several ways, including insurance. In fact, that’s worth repeating.

A trusted contractor pays off when it comes to insurance matters.

It’s common knowledge that finding a company with experience and great references is crucial in any roofing, remodeling or restoration project. But here’s a lesser known fact: Working with your insurance provider on any home issue becomes far simpler, and more cost effective, when you hire an ethical construction contractor. They not only work with your best interests in mind, but earn the trust of your insurance company and ensure that all parties are on the same page.

A contractor with a sound insurance claim department can communicate directly and knowledgeably with your provider to reach optimum results. They speak the language insurance companies use, and know which materials will fetch greater cost savings for you. Moreover, a good contractor will work on your behalf and make your satisfaction a top priority–unlike, for instance, a public adjuster who works for a percentage of a settlement which becomes needless money out of your pocket. And by working with a company who has simultaneous expertise on both the construction end and the claims end, you’ll achieve results while avoiding any wedge that a public adjustor can drive between you and your insurance provider, hampering your relationship.

At Total Construction, we’ve served homeowners since 1987 with expertise in roofing, remodeling and repair. We work entirely on your behalf to ensure all projects completed on your home–and the savings you receive–are equally satisfying.

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Need a Roof Replacement or Repair? Three Helpful Tips.

The roof is that part of the home or business that often goes neglected due to its location, but when it comes to comfort it means everything. While it’s important to address any issues with your roof promptly—you can also prevent any issues before they occur. Here are just a few simple tips to help make the process easier.

1. Timing is everything.

Roof Replacement.
With winter coming to a close and the warm season upon us, now marks the ideal time to replace your roof. The cold months and inclement weather often impede workers from being able to do the job, while late spring and early summer are perfect times to perform work on your roof most efficiently and effectively.

Roof Repair.
Just as repairs ranging from hail, heavy wind damage, fire and other disasters require immediate attention, so does the slightest leak into your house. It’s more convenient to work with a contractor who works directly with your insurance company through an insurance claim center.

Roof Inspections.
While homeowners are encouraged to occasionally inspect their roof with a pair of binoculars, scheduling a professional inspection at least once a year—twice ideally—is far more effective and puts a professionally-trained eye on your roof that can better detect any signs of damage. The preventive nature of inspections make them a smart investment that could save you money when it really matters down the road.

2. Choosing a professional—look for proof.

A good reputation.
Has the company earned local awards to prove itself as a standout against the competition?

A sound roofing warranty.
This not only signifies a company’s faith in the high quality of its own work, but commitment to the satisfaction of each customer.

Testimonials.
While it’s important to find a roofer that’s certified, it’s also important to locate solid customer testimonials that lend credibility to a company’s level of care, friendliness, and timeliness getting the job done.

3. Experience.

Total Construction has been providing service for roofing as well as complete restoration and remodeling needs since 1987. Whether it’s damage from fire, water, wind, or hail, the professional team at Total Construction provides the experience and dedication to quality craftsmanship for all types of restoration projects—for virtually any structure type.

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