FS Construction Services commercial garage door maintenance tips

Your Commercial Garage Door Maintenance

So you’ve got a brand new garage door and you want to keep it in top working shape as long you possibly can. Or perhaps you have an older door that you’re trying to squeeze another month or year out of it before you finally upgrade. Either way, there are a handful of fairly simple things you can do to keep your garage door in good working order and prevent inconveniences, unnecessary bills, or malfunctions. Here are a few tips for your commercial garage door maintenance:

 

Commercial Garage Door Maintenance Tips

 

Cleaning

This may seem obvious or perhaps unimportant, but keeping your garage door clean can prevent buildup, mildew, and other potential issues. Mix five gallons of water with a cup of soap and gently clean your door’s exterior. You can also use this mixture to clean your door’s weather stripping.

 

Lubricating

Use a garage door-specific oil or 10W30 motor oil on your door’s rollers, roller shafts, and hinges. This will keep your rollers operating smoothly and prevent strong lurches and jolts. Nylon rollers are self-lubricated, so be sure to check if your door has those. If so, don’t lubricate them. Every couple months, you can use a silicone-based lubricant on your door’s weather stripping. Don’t use petroleum-based lubricant.

 

Balancing

To check your door’s balance, disconnect it from the operator. Raise and lower the door by hand. This way you can check the door at all levels for balance and ideal operation.

 

Inspecting

Your door’s track alignment should be at least a minimum of 3/8” from the door’s edge. While you are inspecting the track alignment, you can make sure that the back angle and sway braces are still tightened and securely fastened.

 

If you have other garage door issues or if more significant maintenance is required, be sure to call a professional to help. If you are looking to purchase a new garage door, whether for a commercial or residential application, or if you need a new opener, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Residential Garage Door Safety

When it comes to garage doors around here at FS Construction Services, we often sound like a broken record. Your garage door is an incredible functioning luxury you tend to forget about until it stops doing what it’s supposed to, and then it becomes a huge headache. So we thought we would provide you with some garage door safety suggestions and thoughts for keeping your door in good working order and keeping yourself and others safe around it.

 

Keep Your Door Working Well with Garage Door Safety Tips

 

Springs, Cables, and Tracks

A garage door has a lot of moving parts, and those parts work the same path and track over and over again. Your garage door stretches its springs every time it opens and closes, and the same principle is true for the door’s cables and tracks. That’s a lot of work over a week, a month, a year. Light maintenance like cleaning and lubrication can help keep things in proper order, but be sure to leave any repairs or major adjustments to the professionals. Doors are heavy and can cause serious injury if mishandled.

 

Emergency Release

Take a minute to familiarize yourself with your garage door’s emergency release mechanism. You will thank us if you do this now, and not when you’re fumbling around in the dark after the power goes out and you need to open the door.

 

Photosensors and Auto-Reverse

Two of the most basic safety features of a garage door are also two of its most important. The photosensors will prevent the door from closing on anything in the door’s path. Make sure they’re pointed in the right direction and clear of debris. The auto-reverse mechanism will reverse your door’s direction if it comes in contact with an object (i.e., a car, a pet, a person, etc.).

 

Push Buttons and Common Sense

Like we said, garage doors are heavy. While most garage doors, especially newer ones, come with a variety of safety features, nothing beats simple common sense. Keep your garage door openers and push buttons out of reach of children, or even accidental pressing. And more than anything, make sure you’re always out of the way of a moving door.

 

If you have any garage door questions, whether it’s maintenance related or you’re in the market for a new one, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Whether or not you are ready for it, the season of happy holidays has quickly come upon us and soon we will be saying goodbye to 2023. Before you know it, thoughts of spring will invade these long nights and plans for planting, new construction, or updating old equipment will begin to sneak in. But before we get to that point, we hope that you are able to take some time at the end of this year and enjoy some time to yourself, time with friends and family, and find some rest in the steady churn of days.

 

Happy Holidays from FS Construction Services

 

From our family here at FS Construction Services, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a peaceful holiday season. We are so grateful for the clients, friends, and family we get to spend our year working alongside. It truly is a joy to be a part of this community and we appreciate each year we get to do this work we love.

We continue to be inspired by the hard work and dedication we see around us every day. From the farmers to the businesses to the families that we have the pleasure of meeting and supporting in their work throughout the year. We don’t take the opportunity to work with such wonderful people for granted and we appreciate your continued trust in our business and the work that we do.

We are looking forward to finding out what exciting things 2024 will bring!

 

As always, we are here for any of your buildinggrain systemseed systemroofinggarage door, and painting needs. If you have any questions at all, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Project Profile: Monroe County Fairgrounds New Building Addition

Here at FS Construction Services we have a lot of experience building structures for a variety of different occupants. And while we find joy in all of our work, it is always an exciting day when we get to work on a job that’s just a little bit outside of what we normally do. Over the years we have constructed many buildings for farmers and farm equipment, for businesses and organizations, and for families in residential areas. And now we are happy to say that we can add goats to that list.

New Building Addition for Goats at Fair

Earlier this year we had the opportunity to build an addition to the existing goat barn at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. This addition is 18’ x 120’ x 12’ and has been styled and designed to match the existing structure and flow seamlessly into it. This addition not only matches visually, but also functionally. The pre-existing building was framed 10 feet above the ground, with wire fencing installed underneath, to allow for air circulation within the goat barn. We added a similar framing build to the addition to keep the airflow pathway open.

Additionally, we installed a 10’ x 10’ Raynor SteelForm S20 manually operated overhead door for consistent, easy access to the new addition.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that bring you the most joy in your work, and knowing that we were both able to help our friends at the fairgrounds and keep those goats cool and protected is certainly a joy we got to take away from this project.

If you are in need of a new building, or a new building addition, whether it’s for peoples, goats, or another species entirely, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Are Insulated Garage Doors Worth It?

When it comes to your home or office building, we know that insulation is a necessary consideration. To some degree, we all know the benefits and necessity of a well-insulated building. And while that may conjure up thoughts of insulated walls, insulated attic spaces, and so on, one thing that people don’t always consider is an insulated garage door.

 

Pros and Cons of Insulated Garage Doors

 

While we certainly understand the desire to focus on insulating your home’s interior, windows, etc., the benefits of an insulated garage door are worth considering, especially if your garage is attached to your home.

In most cases, we know the only reason a homeowner might not consider an insulated garage door is cost. And admittedly, the upfront cost will be higher than an uninsulated door, but the long-term benefits, and cost, might prove a greater deal.

First off, with an insulated garage door, you will save money on keeping your garage a comfortable temperature. An insulated door will reduce your need to heat or cool your garage, and if it’s an attached garage, that will affect the rest of the house too.

Additionally, the extra layers within an insulated door mean that door will be more durable and more resistant to damage, meaning you just may be able to avoid some repair costs down the road. Insulated garage doors are going to be harder to break or lift, providing some extra security and peace of mind. They’re quieter too, which might be a huge plus depending on how much time you plan to spend in your garage.

If you are in the market for a new garage door, our partners at Raynor offer a huge variety of styles, sizes, and insulation options. If you have any questions at all, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Which Type of Garage Door is the Most Secure?

Here at FS Construction Services we often talk about the benefits of a new garage door. Those benefits include the peace of mind that comes with a well-functioning door and the ease of use that comes with being able to open and close your door anytime, anywhere straight from your phone. One of the benefits we don’t always talk about though is security. So we thought we would take a look at which type of garage doors provide the most security because garage door safety is key.

 

Consider Garage Door Safety

 

Sectional Garage Doors

Sectional garage doors are primarily known for their security and durability, making them the most common choice in commercial applications. These doors use steel tracks and hardware, but also close with no gaps, decreasing the likelihood of forced entry.

Steel Garage Doors

As you can guess from the name, steel garage doors are strong, weather-resistant doors that can come in a variety of styles and looks. These doors run smoothly and can come with features like pinch-resistant panels.

Insulated Garage Doors

If your garage is attached to your house or you simply want further protection for what’s stored inside, you may want to consider an insulated garage door. Not only does the insulation increase thermal efficiency and improve energy use, the steel layers around the insulation also provide soundproofing and further durability.

 

With the right garage door not only can you count on dependable usage and a variety of conveniences, you can also rest easy knowing that your garage door will keep out the things you don’t want inside your garage. If you are you in the market for a new garage door or a garage door opener, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Why You Should Replace Your Garage Door

We all know what it’s like to nervously watch that one appliance or that one piece of equipment that clearly doesn’t have a lot of life left attempt to perform its required operation. We tell ourselves that if we can just make it through the winter, or the summer, or the next year, then we’ll finally get around to replacing it. And while it’s certainly no pleasant feeling, it is important to remember the quality-of-life improvements that come on the other side of that replacement, after you replace your garage door.

 

Four Reasons to Replace Your Garage Door Now

 

For many people, their aging garage door is one of those examples. And while it’s tempting to just wait until the thing breaks, it may be worth considering why now is the best time to finally upgrade.

Security

Your feelings about this point may depend on where your garage is located and what you keep inside of it, but in most cases, whatever is in the garage you’d like to keep protected. Not only can a new door be designed to fit securely, many of them can now be programmed to open and close right from your phone, meaning that old Did I shut the garage door? panic can be a thing of the past.

Curb Appeal and Home Value

A new garage door can dramatically increase the appearance of your home. Even if you decide on a simple design, the fresh look of it will go a long way to increasing your curb appeal. If you are thinking about selling your home, it might even be the extra cherry on top that nudges a potential buyer the right direction.

Insulation

Newer garage doors are designed to keep the harshest outside elements outside where they belong. If your garage is attached to your house, this can have the additional benefit of shaving down your utilities bill.

Reduced Maintenance

Whether your current garage is held together by spit and duct tape or it’s just a little worse for the wear, a new door carries with it some peace of mind and minimal maintenance needs.

So if you have decided it’s finally time to upgrade that garage door, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our Raynor specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Benefits of Automatic Garage Door Openers

It’s not often that you see someone driving around in a car that still has hand-cranked windows, but they’re certainly out there. Similarly, manual-open garage doors may seem like a thing of the past, but they’re not gone yet. As we often discuss here at FS Construction Services, garage doors are only as effective as they are convenient. A good, working garage door is almost invisible, something you expect to open and close every time you need it to, and then it’s completely forgotten. And while we know many have either switched to or inherited automatic garage door openers, we also know there are some out there who haven’t made the jump yet. So in case you’re someone who is still hanging on to their manual-open garage door, here are a few reasons why it might be time for an upgrade.

 

Why You Need Automatic Garage Door Openers

 

As previously stated, garage doors are all about convenience. And there is nothing more convenient than a big, heavy door you don’t have to lift yourself. Plus you don’t have to linger in bad weather, navigate an armload of groceries, or groan at the extra effort and time lifting the door adds on to every trip.

However, perhaps even more important than convenience is security. Automatic garage doors will keep what’s in your garage safe and protected. With many doors you can even have the option of controlling them from your phone, offering a guest the ability to use your door, and so on.

Most automatic garage door openers feature lights that will turn on when you open them, meaning you no longer have to stumble your way through a dark garage feeling for the switch. Automatic garage door openers come with a variety of features and options, meaning you can find the right fit at the right price and finally leave behind the days of heaving a heavy door over your head.

If you are interested in a new garage door opener, or new garage doors, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Once again, the year has flown by and we are already at the end of 2022. While we here at FS Construction Services would much rather be busy than bored, it does make the time go by quickly. Another full year of projects, new and returning clients, and the ever-present perk of getting to work with the wonderful people in our surrounding communities.

Happiest of Holidays to You and Yours

With this year nearly done and another one fast approaching, we wanted to take a little time to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas season and a Happy New Year. We hope that you are able to take some time off, get some much-needed rest, and have the opportunity to spend time with friends and family.

The list of tasks to be done and new ideas to explore certainly isn’t going anywhere and it will need tended to soon enough. But until then, we wish you a peaceful end of the year. We are looking forward to a little downtime, some good food, and a moment to take in the things in life that really matter the most.

We are thankful for the family, friends, and clients that we get to work with each day and their constant example of hard work and steadfastness we get to experience firsthand. We are grateful for the inspiration and the opportunity to serve so many wonderful men and women and look forward to what 2023 will bring our way.

As always, we are here for any of your buildinggrain systemseed systemroofinggarage door, and painting needs. If you have any questions at all, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Project Profile: Massive Pork Farm Overhead Doors

At FS Construction Services we often talk about how overhead doors are an invisible necessity. You only really notice one when it’s not working the way it’s supposed to, and the rest of the time you probably don’t think about it much at all.

Perfect Overhead Doors for Enormous Space

In a similar way, when thinking about a huge building construction project, it can be easy to focus on the structure’s open spans, its column strength or its foundation, but there’s no point in having a building with huge storage capacity if you don’t have equally huge doors that open and close effectively.  As we have been highlighting our pork farm machine storage project, we wanted to take a moment to focus on these unsung heroes of any good building.

This machine storage building features multiple doors to suit its multiple uses. The first set of doors are massive 40’ x 18’ sliding, metal-framed doors that can open to allow large machinery in and out. The second door we installed was a 30’ x 18’ overhead Raynor garage door. This ThermaSeal TM200 insulated steel door is two inches thick and has an R-value of 18.3, making it an excellent choice to keep the building’s interior protected from harsh weather. The door also features a row of 8” x 24” windows and is operated by a 1.5 HP dual trolley Raynor ControlHoist Optima.

This project has truly been one of a kind and it has been a lot fun getting to highlight just how much goes into making a major project like this work. If you are interested in a new building, whether it’s big or small, steel or wood, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.