Resources

White Oak Construction is dedicated to providing home and business owners a variety of quality interior and exterior construction, improvement, repair and remodeling services. We’ve put together a few resources we thought would help answer some of your top questions. Let us know if you have any questions at all about this information.

Accessibility

What type of products do we install?

We only use quality materials in our installs, including Best Bath Systems who offer a 30 year warranty on shower systems.

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How does the process work?

We conduct a full assessment of the space. Depending on the scope off the project, we will take a look at all the access points to the bathroom. Before the bathroom modification can take place, we must make sure that the client can get there safely.

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ADA

How to make home safe for older parents?

Install barrier free shower, with grab bars. Widen door ways for wheel chair access. Elevated toilets.

Click here to see an Aging-In-Place Remodeling Checklist from the National Association of Home Builders.

 

Wood vs concrete ramps

Concrete is permanent. Wood can be modified.

 

Funding for disability remodels

State and government agencies.

 

Home modification services

Door widening, flat surfaces, accessibility ease.

 

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Baths

Ceramic tile vs fiberglass shower

Ceramic tile give the home owner more freedom in designing their bathroom. There are endless varieties of colors and options for homeowners and tile is more durable than fiberglass. Fiberglass on the other hand is easier to clean (no messy grout lines) and is typically half the investment.

 

How to renovate bathroom?

Maybe a fresh coat of paint is all you need to refresh your bathroom. Looking for large scale? Try changing the fixtures, add lighting, and install a new vanity. Rip out the old tub and install a new walk in shower!

 

Why is there moisture on my walls?

Moisture can be associated with many factors but the biggest is poor ventilation.

 

What is the average cost of bathroom renovation?

According to the 2015 Cost vs. Value report – the national average bathroom remodel cost around $16,000

 

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Doors

Fiberglass vs vinyl vs wood

Fiberglass gives wood look without wood maintenance. More durable.

 

Should I put a storm door in

Storm doors are an extra layer of insulation and security that allow for ventilation in the summer.

 

Safety

If an all glass storm door without proper ventilation is placed on a door that has direct sunlight, this can cause the door to warp from heat build up.

 

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Energy

How to get my home more energy efficient?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 70% of all heat loss is caused by drafty windows and doors. There are many options to make your home more energy efficient. Replacing windows and doors are the easiest option. Adding insulation is also a great option for energy efficiency.

 

Tax rebates on energy efficient remodel projects

Making your home more energy efficient can safe you more than just money off your monthly bill. Click here to check current rebates on the IRS website.

 

What is energy star rating?

Energy star rated products reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy; and Make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort. Find out more details here .

 

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Kitchens

Quartz vs. Granite

There are many factors to consider when picking countertops. Three main issues are cost, maintenance, and durability. There is not a large price difference in the cost between the two stones. If you want to save money laminate would be your best option. Maintenance- both materials require maintenance but granite requires more than quartz. Granite will need to be sealed upon installation and then again on a regular basis while quartz does not need to be sealed. Durability – Quartz counters are less prone to staining rather than granite. Quartz, as an engineered stone, has the flaws removed while as natural granite, irrespective of beauty, has imperfections that may crack down the road.

 

What is my average return on investment?

2015 National Average for return on investments for a Major Kitchen Remodel recouped investment is 67.8% (www.costvsvalue.com)

 

How to update my kitchen?

Variety of options. Small scale could be replacing hardware on cabinetry, adding additional lighting, painting, to even switching countertops. Large scale projects include replacing appliances, cabinetry, and floors.

 

Average cost of remodel

According to the 2015 Cost Vs. Value Survey, the average large scale kitchen remodel in Indianapolis cost around $56,000.

 

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New Home Construction

Where to start

Start with finding a location and a local contractor. Contractor can walk you through the process.

 

Average square foot price

$130-200 a sq ft.

 

Production vs custom home builds

With production you are limited on options and specific floor plans. Custom more time 90-120 days vs. 60-90 days.

 

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Roofing

What does it mean to be HAAG certified?

The HAAG Certified Inspector - Residential Roof program is designed to make a contractor highly proficient with all major types of residential (steep-slope) roofs. They learn how hail and wind interact with roofing, inspection safety techniques, roof area calculations, and applicable codes. They also gain comprehensive understanding of manufacture, installation, weathering, hail damage, wind damage, maintenance, mechanical damage, and repair costs for each major roofing type — composition, wood shingle/shake, concrete and clay tile, asbestos, fiber cement, and various synthetic, slate, and metal roofing types.
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Why are my shingles curling?

Loss of granules, allows moisture in and when it dries shingles curl. Also can be caused from lack of ventilation.

 

Why are my shingles on the ground?

Wind, poor installation.

 

Algae on roof

Overgrown trees and lack of sunlight.

 

Why is there mold in my attic

Lack of ventilation, poor insulation, bathroom exhaust vents are not vented through the roof.

 

More Roofing Links

Time To Call The Roof Repair Guy? These Tips Will Tell You When

 

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Room Additions

Average square foot cost

Finding an average square footage is hard – there are many variables to consider depending on the type of HVAC system, plumbing fixtures, cabinet, granite and tile choices etc… Too many different products ranging high end to low end.

 

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Siding

Fiber-cement siding vs wood siding

Both have to be maintained the same. Paint and caulking are a must or both will fail.

 

What types of siding are maintenance free?

Vinyl

 

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Windows

What is the difference between wood and vinyl windows?

Wood windows are very strong and good insulators, however they are very expensive, require constant maintenance, wood rots over time, and does not wear well under weather. Vinyl windows are very strong, great insulators, maintenance free, weather well, easy to clean, last more than a lifetime and best of all, reasonably priced.


What should a window cost?

The cost of replacing your windows varies greatly depending on your needs and how long you intend to own your home. Here is a cost comparison for one replacement window.

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Who can I trust?

If you Google “replacement windows Indiana”, how many different contractors or companies would come up? Hundreds! Many claim to have the best quality at the lowest price. So how do you even begin to determine who you can trust?

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Why choose White Oak Construction?

For over 30 years, White Oak Construction has helped homeowners in central Indiana save money by replacing old windows and improving the value of their homes. We have an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and have been accredited since 1992.

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What questions should I ask about window warranties?

Never believe the term "Lifetime!" The average "Lifetime Warranty" is only seven years. The White Oak Construction warranty is for as long as you own your home, no questions asked. Our warranty is backed by over 30 years of outstanding service.

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Will new windows reduce my energy costs?

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, windows are the single biggest cause of energy loss in the American home.

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Will installing new windows add to the resale value of my home?

According to HGTV, you can expect to recoup 60%-90% of your costs when you invest in energy-efficient windows. You can also receive a green energy tax credit of 10% for this upgrade, as long as you install Energy Star-rated windows.

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Other Helpful Links

10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

"Dwight Barnett, a certified home inspector shares 10 home-maintenance tips for spring. This list is designed to help you target the areas that need maintenance so you can get your chores done quickly, leaving you time to go outside and play in the sunshine."

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Working with nationwide brands

Our client list is extensive and includes many top brands across the country. Here is a partial list, contact us to learn more.

Working with Nationwide Brands
  • ARBY’S RESTAURANTS
  • BOSE
  • BROWNSBURG AMERICAN LEGION
  • CARMEL CLAY GOVERNMENT CENTER
  • CHARTER ONE BANK
  • CHASE BANK
  • CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS
  • CORNER BAKERY CORPORATION
  • FAMILY VIDEO
  • FAZOLI’S
  • FIRST FINANCIAL BANK
  • FLAGSTAR BANK
  • FOOTLOCKER INC.
  • FOX PIZZA
  • GANDOLFO'S NEW YORK DELI
  • HENRY COMPANY
  • INDIANAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • INDIANAPOLIS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
  • IVY TECH
  • LESLIE POOLS
  • LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA
  • MARION COLLEGE
  • MARION COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
  • MENS WEARHOUSE
  • NAPA AUTO STORES
  • NATIONAL COMMERCE BANK SVC’S
  • OLD BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
  • PETRO'S CHILI AND CHIPS
  • PHILADELPHIA SIGN COMPANY
  • PIKE PLAZA REAL ESTATE, LLC
  • PILOT AIR FREIGHT
  • PIZZA HUT
  • SKY ZONE
  • SUNTRUST BANK FACILITIES
  • WING STOP
  • YUM BRANDS FOODS

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