Maintenance is a must for your Omaha roof

With the potential for hail storms to roll through greater Omaha, your roof is in constant danger of bombardment. Thinking that your roof suffered damage in a storm and calling for an inspection isn’t always enough to warrant an insurance claim. Many insurance companies look at a variety of factors when determining if insurance will cover damage.

1. How wide spread was the hail damage?

Damage to a singular roof in your Omaha neighborhood or area might raise a red flag for insurance companies. If a number of residents from a particular area all file claims, insurance companies are more likely to approve the claim for your property. It is important to speak with neighbors in your vicinity, if you think you have any hail damage to your Omaha roofing.

2. Negligence is cause for denial.

Just about all insurance policies imply that it is the homeowners responsibility to provide routine maintenance. If your Omaha roofing was in need of repair prior to a storm, an insurance company can deny your claim based on the lack of care. Often times insurance companies do not want to pay for the cost of an entire new roof, so showing that you provide routine maintenance (fixing leaks, address damage as it occurs) can increase your standing with your insurance company.

3. Have a certified 3rd party look at your roof!

At Total Construction Services, we have HAAG certified inspectors who are trained to examine and estimate the amount of damage and the work required to fix your Omaha roofing. We work directly with insurance adjusters, providing inspection services and estimates upon request of insurance providers.

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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.

Seek Omaha Contracting Experts for a Beautiful and Safe Home Remodel

The economy is in better shape and confidence is returning. This can be seen in neighborhoods nationwide, and especially in Omaha, where more dumpsters are visible in front of homes as remodels are on the upswing once again. So yes, it’s a fantastic time to think about that sensational Omaha home remodel you’ve been dreaming about, including new roofing—as long as you think safety first.

Lead and asbestos and mold, oh my.

While remodels are always exciting, it’s important to protect your family and children first by hiring a qualified Omaha contractor and roofing expert. Why? Because only the best-trained technicians have the experience and equipment necessary to handle the dangerous materials that can sometimes be jarred loose during a remodel—especially in older homes. Examples may include:

Lead.

There are numerous sources of lead in our environment. It doesn’t decompose or rot, so it stays in place for a long time. The major source of lead is from lead contaminated dust—most of which comes from old paint. It can also exist on walls, woodwork, siding, doors, windows and lead plumbing pipes. This poses a more serious risk for children than adults—a risk that you’ll eliminate when you choose the right Omaha residential remodeler who knows how to completely eradicate traces of lead or dust.

Asbestos.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Assume that your home, if it’s older, contains asbestos in the walls and insulation. The only way to be perfectly certain, however, is to have it analyzed by specialists. The right Omaha remodeling team will bring this necessary skill to the job to keep you protected from hazards.

Mold.

Moisture and housing materials, when combined, often create mold. This can become airborne and pose a respiratory threat. But again, in 2015, the right professionals are equipped to handle this in its entirety.

Safe is beautiful.

In the hands of top remodeling professionals, the results for your home will not only be outstanding, but more importantly, thorough. A good remodel goes beneath the surface and does the job correctly, right down to your Omaha home’s underlying infrastructure. When remodeled by experts, you can rest assured that every square foot of your home, including roofing, will look spectacular—and be even safer than it was before the remodel. And that’s a win-win for any homeowner.

Whether you’re looking for top technicians or roofing experts for the job—or your seeking a career in this rewarding field at an award-winning company—contact the experts at Omaha’s Total Construction today.

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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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