Building You the Best: Why We’re Proud to be Garage Door Geeks

A critical piece of any new building is its garage door or doors.  As the economy recovers, many of Gateway FS Construction Services’ commercial and residential customers are building new structures or considering building new structures.  Whether you are building a garage, storage shed, an equestrian complex or something in between, you need a garage door that is functional, reliable and fits in the design of your new building.  Gateway FS Construction Services, along with our partner, Raynor Garage Doors, has the garage doors that you need and the expertise to help you choose the right one, in addition to helping ensure it is run and maintained properly. 

 

The garage door experts at Gateway FS Construction Services will meet with you and explain the variety of commercial and residential garage door options offered by Raynor.  We understand the challenge in ensuring you choose the best door for your requirements and taste.  While Raynor provides a wide array of garage doors including sectional, rolling, performance, traffic and fire; Raynor and the garage door team at Gateway FS Construction Services recommend any of Raynor’s sectional garage doors for most agricultural applications.  Regardless, our garage door specialists will work with you to find the optimal garage door for your needs, budget and unique application.

For instance, when building an agricultural facility, it’s vital to fit the door to the structure.  Raynor has the ability to create the exact sectional door that you want with custom sizes, an array of exterior color selections, and a variety of windows sizes.  In addition, Raynor agricultural sectional garage doors are made with quality materials intended to last and come in dimensions up to 40 feet wide and 32 feet high.  Finally, because agricultural buildings typically have large openings that are exposed to the weather, Raynor offers a sectional door with 100% of its interior space filled with polyurethane foam insulation, superior structural integrity and insulated glass windows.  And we have the selection to fit any residential needs too.

Once you have chosen your new garage door, our Gateway FS Construction Services garage door specialists will install your garage door and continue to work with you to be sure that you understand how to maintain it properly so it functions optimally for a long time to come.  If something does happen to go wrong, the Gateway FS Construction Services garage door team will repair any glitches and get your garage door back up and running in as short a time possible.

Whatever your commercial or residential garage door or construction and repair needs, the professional team at Gateway FS Construction Services can help.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 today and talk to one of our experienced construction and service representatives.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Essential Steps in Selecting a Quality Post-Frame Builder: Part 2

Ensuring that you select a quality post-frame contractor may seem overwhelming at first, but Gateway FS Construction Services is here to help.  We are pleased to provide you, this second article of three articles, in a series that provides guidelines to make your decision easier to utilize Gateway FS Construction Services for your post-frame building needs. 

Last month we discussed how to be sure that the contractor has an established business in your area and has a good reputation for quality work, including a list of suggested specific questions.  This month we will review verification of licensing and memberships.

One of the most important things that needs to be done when researching contractors is to ensure that they are members of the National Frame Builders Association (NFBA).  Contact the NFBA to determine if your contractor is a member.  Membership in the NFBA means that a contractor is a professional that is dedicated to providing the highest standards of integrity, responsibility and honesty.  A NFBA membership should be a requirement for any contractor that you use.

Also critical is the verification of current licensure of not only the contractor but also the engineer that prepared the plans.  A structurally sound post-frame building requires a sound engineering design that has been prepared by a registered professional engineer.  Contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation or the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers for more information or to look up a license.

Finally, the state of Illinois as a whole does not regulate contractors.  Individual cities and municipalities handle licensing contractor businesses.  A must before hiring any contractor is to contact your local city’s building department to ensure that the contractor’s license is not revoked/suspended or they are accused of delivering subpar work.

Gateway FS Construction Services has been constructing highly-engineered, quality, post-frame buildings in Southern Illinois for more than 50 years.  Our work can be seen all across the countryside.  We are proud members of the NFBA, provide professionally engineered designs and are licensed to build in your area.  Gateway FS Construction Services, along with our partner, Walters Buildings, will meet or exceed all of your expectations with regards to constructing post-frame buildings. 

Whatever your post-frame building construction needs, the professional team at Gateway FS Construction Services can help.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 today and talk to one of our experienced post-frame building construction service representatives.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.  And stay tuned next month for part 3 of our series on selecting a quality post-frame builder.

USDA Loan Program Benefits Southern Illinois Producers

Are you in the market for new portable storage and handling systems?  If you are, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a deal for you!  This month the USDA announced a new financing tool for producers interested in purchasing portable storage and handling equipment.  The goal of this new loan program is to help producers, especially new or small to mid-sized producers, grow their respective enterprises. 

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At the center of this new financing program is a “microloan” option for producers seeking a smaller loan and needing a smaller down payment.  This microloan option, available to producers of all sizes, allows applicants to apply for a loan of less than $50,000 and pay a reduced down payment of 5 percent.  In addition, there is no obligation to provide three years of farm production history or inability to secure commercial credit in order to apply.

The USDA hopes that smaller farms and specialty farmers in particular will benefit from the microloans.  Typically, these types of producers do not have access to commercial or on-farm storage or handling systems.  The microloans will hopefully encourage the purchase of handling and storage equipment such as conveyors, scales, refrigeration units, etc. and in turn contribute to the growth of their farm businesses.  If you are interested in more information, please visit the USDA website or your local Farm Service Agency office. 

Once your loan is secured, come visit the professional team at  Gateway FS Construction Services.  We at Gateway FS Construction Services proudly provide our customers the very best in grain handling and storage systems.  Whether you need bin wells, conveyors or augers, we will work with you to be sure you have the proper tools you need to most efficiently handle and transfer your crop.  Need a grain bin?  We can also help ensure the purchase of an excellent on-site storage system to help preserve grain quality after harvest and more readily seize market premiums.

Whatever your crop handling or storage needs, you can depend on Gateway FS Construction Services to provide you the system that you need most, when you need it.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let our specialists help you choose a handling or storage system to meet your specific needs.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Special Offer with Sukup Grain Bins

At Gateway FS Construction Services, we pride ourselves on providing our customers the very best in grain storage systems.  Our partner, Sukup Manufacturing has been a leader in manufacturing grain bins, grain dryers and other grain production products for more than 50 years.  A family owned business located in Sheffield, Iowa, Sukup is the world’s fastest growing grain bin manufacturing company.  If you are considering purchasing a grain storage bin, now is the time to purchase it and Sukup has a special offer for you. 

Check it out:  For a limited time only, Sukup has great discounts on their grain bins and grain dryers.  In addition, you can also get a personalized sign added to your new Sukup bin for a discounted price, allowing you to proudly display your farm name for all to see.  Don’t delay!  Now is definitely the time to purchase that new grain bin you’ve been putting off.  Crop forecasts are good, meaning long lines at the elevators are likely this year.  Steel prices are low and with Farm Service Agency loans still available, Sukup grain bins are as affordable as they are going to get. 

Besides getting a good deal on the best grain bins available, the purchase of a new Sukup grain bin is an excellent long-term investment and cost efficient consideration.  Most analysts agree that on-farm storage is the most profitable decision for most farmers, allowing them to maintain grain quality after harvest and thus more easily capture any market premiums.  A Sukup grain bin will ensure a more efficient and profitable harvest for years to come. 

Whatever your grain storage needs, you can depend on Gateway FS Construction Services and our partner Sukup to provide you the system that you need most, when you need it.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let our specialists help you choose a grain storage system to meet your specific needs.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

How to Paint Masonry

Most of us have building foundations made of poured concrete or cement blocks, including customers of Gateway FS Construction Services.  Or maybe you have a retaining wall on your property constructed of cement blocks or concrete.  Either way, you have a tough job keeping these masonry products properly painted and maintained.  The painting specialists at Gateway FS Construction Services are willing to help with any painting project  you may have, including masonry.   

Masonry can be especially tricky to paint and maintain.  Masonry products easily allow moisture to pierce deeply into their cores if not properly coated with paint.  Also, foundations or retaining walls are constantly exposed to the elements of weather, making them even more susceptible to moisture penetration.  The expert painting department at Gateway FS Construction services has some advice below on the proper painting of masonry.

All concrete, whether poured or in blocks, has impurities that will rise to the surface if not painted when completely dry.  So before beginning your masonry painting project, be sure that any concrete or cement blocks have cured at least 60 days, preferably 90 days.  The cement should certainly be completely dry after 90 days.  Furthermore, pay attention to the weather before starting to paint to ensure that the temperature is at least 70 degrees with 50% humidity.  This combination of temperature and humidity will make sure the coating will penetrate the masonry correctly and cure properly.  Finally, do not paint masonry in direct sunlight.  Doing so will cause it to dry too quickly and not adhere adequately to the surface.

Following these tips or contacting our expert masonry painters at Gateway FS Construction Services can help guide your masonry painting project toward success.  Properly applied paint serves as a prevention to many potential masonry issues, including water damage, mold or mildew growth and peeling of the paint. 

Whatever your painting needs, the professional painting team at Gateway FS Construction Services can help.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 today and talk to one of our experienced painting representatives.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience. 

Selecting a Quality Post-Frame Builder: Part I

Post-frame buildings are an integral part of any building complex, as any Gateway FS Construction Services customer knows.  However, since most people do not have the resources to design and construct a quality-engineered post frame building, they have to depend on a contractor such as Gateway FS Construction Services to build it for them. 

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Ensuring that you select a quality post-frame contractor may seem overwhelming at first, but Gateway FS Construction Services is here to help.  There are many variables to consider besides the obvious ones such as price and quality.  We are pleased to provide you, over the next several months, a series of articles that provide guidelines to make your decision easier to utilize Gateway FS Construction Services for your post-frame building needs. 

First of all, be sure that the contractor has an established business in your area and has a good reputation for quality work.  Local contractors are more likely to perform high-quality work and to provide as many references as you would like.  Contact the references and tour their post-frame buildings that the contractor constructed.  Do not be afraid to ask specific questions, such as:

  • Were you pleased with the quality of the work?
  • Did the contractor begin and end the project as scheduled?
  • Was the building completed within budget?
  • Did the contractor meet all the terms of your agreement?
  • Did the contractor stay in contact with you throughout?
  • Would you recommend this contractor and/or use them again?

Gateway FS Construction Services has been constructing highly-engineered, quality, post-frame buildings in the local area for more than 50 years.  Along with our more than five decades of experience, we have a multitude of references for you to question and projects for you to view.  Gateway FS Construction Services, along with our partner, Walters Buildings, will meet or exceed all of your expectations with regards to constructing post-frame buildings. 

Whatever your post-frame building construction needs, the professional team at Gateway FS Construction Services can help.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 today and talk to one of our experienced post-frame building construction service representatives.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.  And stay tuned next month for part 2 of our series on selecting a quality post-frame builder.

 

Give Your Buildings a Spring Physical

Despite the recent resurgence of snow and colder weather, we at Gateway FS Construction Services all know that spring is coming and coming soon.  Now is the perfect time to give your home and farm buildings a spring physical, or a maintenance review, to ensure they are in the best shape possible to face the warmer weather, inside and out. 

Probably the best places to start with any of your buildings, home or farm, are the roof and foundation.  You don’t need to necessarily climb up on the roof yourself, binoculars and a keen eye will probably do the trick.  Do you see anything cracked, shifted or missing?  Anything out of the ordinary could spell trouble and needs to be addressed in order to keep your roof functioning at its top performance.  Likewise for your foundation.  Any shifting or cracking needs to be dealt with quickly before any spring rains can worsen the situation. 

 

Don’t forget to inspect your exterior walls, windows and chimneys as well.  Similar to your roof and foundation, any cracks or holes should be fixed quickly.  Be especially on the look-out for water stains on your exterior walls, which could be an indication of your gutters not working properly.  Window seals should be double-checked for their tightness as winter weather often loosens caulking and stripping.  You should also be sure to look out for signs of water infiltration in your chimney, such as missing joints or vegetation. 

 While you are outside conducting your building inspection, be sure to remove any dead branches, leaves or debris left over by the winter.  Check your outdoor water systems to be ensure they are all in good working order.  Finally, check any patios, sidewalks or decks for cracks, warps, etc.  Now is the time to fix anything you may find. 

Inside, the main thing to check is your air conditioner.  Just like you prepared your furnace for the winter, it is a good idea to make sure your air conditioner is ready to keep you cool during the upcoming summer.  A call to a service technician may even be in order, just in case.

 Whatever your spring home maintenance or construction needs, the professional team at Gateway FS Construction Services can help.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 today and talk to one of our experienced construction service representatives.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Building You the Best: Residential Garage Doors

The housing market is coming back and many of Gateway FS Construction Services’ customers are building new homes or considering building a new home.  An important part of any new home is a garage door.  Whether you are building a cozy bungalow, a large dream home or something in between, you need a garage door that is functional, reliable and fits in the design of your new home.  Gateway FS Construction Services, along with our partner, Raynor Garage Doors, has the garage door or doors that you need and the expertise to help you choose the right one and to keep it running and maintained properly.

The garage door experts at Gateway FS Construction Services will meet with you and take their time in explaining the variety of options offered by Raynor.  We understand the challenge in ensuring you choose the best door for your needs and tastes.  Raynor provides a wide array of residential garage doors including aluminum, steel, carriage or wind loaded.  Our garage door specialists will work with you to find the optimal garage door for your unique situation.

Aluminum garage doors offer maximum durability and maintenance free options for your new home, in addition to being architecturally flexible for your distinct taste.  Steel garage doors are known for their dependability and simplistic beauty, providing yet more options for your consideration.  Raynor’s custom carriage garage doors are designed to provide you with the finest in design options coupled with enduring quality.  Finally, wind load garage doors provide owners with extra peace of mind by being specifically tested to be able to withstand extreme high winds.

Once your garage door has been chosen, our Gateway FS Construction Services garage door specialists will not only install your garage door, but will continue to work with you to ensure that it is maintained properly so as to function optimally for a long time to come.  If something does happen to go awry, the Gateway FS Construction Services garage door team will be there to repair any issues and get your garage door back up and running with minimal downtime.

Whatever your garage door or construction needs, the professional team at Gateway FS Construction Services can help.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 today and talk to one of our experienced construction service representatives.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Telling the Future

Who wouldn’t want to be able to tell the future?  At least in some instances, most of us wouldn’t mind having a peek at what lies ahead.  The team at Gateway FS Construction Services knows that many of our customers would at least like to have an idea of when the best days to work in the field are.  Fortunately, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed new models that improve the forecasting ability to determine which days will be good working field days and which will not.  This information will be especially useful to not only many of Gateway FS Construction Services’ farmer customers, but also crop insurers. 

Recent climate changes have impacted weather variability, making workable conditions harder to predict for crop systems.  Weather and soil workability predictions are important for the selection of harvest and planting dates, yield forecasts and risk determination.  Thanks to the University of Illinois researchers, farmer can now know, rather exactly, whether or not the soil is going to be workable on any particular day.  Based on more than 52 years of Illinois field workability and soil moisture data, one specific model eradicated prediction biases at the state level and substantially decreased them at the district level. 

 For example, previous models predicted favorable field working day conditions in April and May.  However, in recent years, April and May have been significantly wetter than average.  By integrating current climate predictions of warmer, wetter springs, researchers can make recommendations to farmers, risk managers and University of Illinois Extension offices that are even more relevant, timely and precise.

Whatever your agricultural construction needs, the professional construction team at Gateway FS Construction Services can help.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 today and talk to one of our experienced construction service representatives.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Do You Really Need a Drop Cloth?

Anyone who has ever done any painting, and most of us have, will be able to relate to the following situation.  You are all ready to paint and have all of your supplies ready to go:  paint, paint pan, roller covers, brushes, ladder, etc.  And then you remember it:  the drop cloth.  Do you really need it?  You are not alone in your oversight of the drop cloth; often times it is either forgotten or even ignored during paint preparations.  The paint specialists at Gateway FS Construction Services recommend always using a drop cloth. 

Like most painters, you are probably aggravated by the tedious work of laying out the drop cloth and constantly readjusting it as your painting progresses around the room.  Most painters think that if they work slow and steady enough, they will be able to paint carefully enough and not make a mess.  However, even the experienced paint professionals at Gateway FS Construction Services make mistakes when painting and dripping is usually high on the list.  The tiniest of paint drops can be flung from your paint roller across the room and be undetected until it is difficult to remove. 

Fortunately, drop cloths are easy to find at any hardware store and come in a variety of materials and sizes.  Materials include paper, plastic and canvas.  Sizes are typically 4’ x 15’ for hallways and 9’ x 12’ for larger areas such as rooms.  The type of paint you are using will determine the type of material you need for your drop cloth and the size of your project will determine the size of your drop cloth.  Professional painters usually use canvas cloths because they are reusable and can easily absorb a variety of paint products.  The painting team at Gateway FS Construction Services typically recommends plastic drop cloths for most home projects using latex paint.  They do a good job of protecting your floor and furniture and are completely disposable when you are done. 

Whatever your painting project, the professional paint team at Gateway FS Construction Services can help.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us help.  We look forward to providing you the best painting experience.