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2 Keys To A Paint Project That Stands The Test Of Time

Paint is a funny thing. When it’s done well, it’s one of the easiest things in the world to ignore. But when it’s done poorly, or when it’s in need of some serious updating, it makes even the nicest buildings look unsightly, old, and ugly. We know how tempting it can be to want to finish a paint job quickly, which can lead to improper prep work and ultimately, shortened paint longevity.

Our paint team at FS Construction Services understands exactly what a good paint job can do, which is why we take great pride in making sure every paint project we complete is handled with the greatest care and attention to detail. The first key to a print project that stands the test of time is ensuring prep work is done properly. Our prep work involves scraping existing paint, power washing, using a cleaner like TSP or chalk remover, and applying a primer. We’ve always believed that primer is the key, not only providing adhesion for the top coat, but providing overall protection for your building.

We know how easy a great paint job is to overlook. We also know just how much of a difference it can make when it’s done well, especially in ways that can’t be seen. This leads us to the second key factor to ensuring your paint project looks great for years to come, a team of experienced professionals with a dedication to detail and quality. Over the past year, our paint team has been hard at work on the 60+ projects. From sheds to grain bins to roofs to trim to entire homes and buildings, we have had great support and feedback from the communities we serve. We appreciate your trust and know none of this happens without you.

Brian “Boomer” Garleb and the team of paint professionals are thankful to all of you who have trusted your special projects to our team over the years. 2018 was a great year and are looking forward to the many opportunities and challenges 2019 will bring.

So, if you have outdoor structures that could use a touch up, whether they are residential, commercial, or agricultural, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists provide you with a free estimate and help you achieve the fresh new look your project deserves. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Merry Christmas from FS Construction Services

Somehow, another year has already gone by, and we find ourselves looking at another holiday season. It seems like the holidays come quicker and quicker each year, and with the busyness of life, it can be hard to slow down and appreciate them. So to our friends, families, neighbors, and clients, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that you are able to find a little time at the end of this month to look back at 2018 and be thankful for the good things and find peace with some of the harder things.

At FS Construction Services we are thankful for the many clients and friends who have given us the opportunity to work with them and be a part of their lives this year. It’s because of you that we have been able to provide over 40 years of service to the southern Illinois area. It’s the work we love doing in the places we love doing it, and we are thankful to have had another year serving our clients and are excited for what 2019 will bring.

As you look forward to the year to come, with everything that needs to be done and everything you hope will be done, we hope you will consider FS Construction Services. From residential, commercial, and agricultural buildings to grain systems, seed systems, garage doors, roofing, and many other types of services, we have trained experts who can help you with the biggest job to the smallest one – except for wrapping presents! For that, you are on your own.

If you have questions, need an estimate, or just need some advice, 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 in the coming new year!

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Gateway FS Receives Top 10 Award for Paint Services

At FS Construction Services, we always enjoy an opportunity to shout out friends, neighbors, and clients who have been doing a great job in their respective fields. This time, however, it is one of our very own who we are excited to give some much-deserved congratulations to: Brian “Boomer” Garleb, our Paint Services professional.

Recently, Gateway FS received the Top 10 Award for Outstanding Sales and Promotion of FS Quality Paints. Each year, Growmark presents this award to the top ten paint departments with the highest sales in the FS system. This award shows just how important Brian’s hard work and dedication have been to our team, and we were thrilled to accept it.

Our paint services team is ready to provide answers and take on your project and we are happy to provide advice as well as a free estimate on your individual project.

If you have a paint project that’s too big, too hard to reach, requires exact color matching, or just have a few questions about best paint practices, 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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Veterans Day Thank You

Whether you have been busy working out in the fields as harvest comes to a close or simply busy with the day-to-day demands of life, in the office or at home, we here at FS Construction Services just wanted to take a quick moment to reflect and say thank you to the many brave men and women who serve our country.

It can be easy on these annual days of remembrance to simply let the time pass by without much thought to the reason we celebrate or remember it in the first place. So this Sunday, November 11th, we hope you’ll take a few moments to think about what it means that all across the country and the world, men and women are willing to give up much of their own personal freedom so that we can have ours. It’s a humbling thought, and one we should strive to bear in mind.

To our friends, neighbors, and clients who have served, and to the countless numbers of those we don’t know, we would like to say, “Thank you.” Your sacrifice has allowed us to do what we love and serve our community in our own small way. If you or someone you’re close to is a veteran, be sure to show your appreciation today.

As always, FS Construction Services is here for your building, garage door, grain system, seed system, roofing, and other handiwork needs. Our group of experts and specialists are always happy to answer your questions, give you advice, or help you in any way. Please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services. You can 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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5 Common Paint Problems and Their Quick Fixes

Summer is a great time to finally get around to all the paint projects that have been building up over the year. With this in mind, our paint expert, Brian “Boomer” Garleb has come up with his top five problems that most paint projects will run into at some point and how to fix them.

  1. Fish eyes: Fish eyes occur when paint has been applied over oil, dirt, silicone, or incompatible coatings. Luckily, fish eyes are an easy fix. First, you’ll need to remove the grease or oil stain with a cleaning solution. Usually bleach, paint thinner, or trisodium phosphate (TSP) will work. After the area has been cleaned, the area can be sanded down.
  2. Cratering/Pitting: Another common problem is cratering or pitting. This occurs when air pockets get trapped inside wet film. The solution, however, is easy enough, and just involves sanding or smoothing out the existing finish and applying another coat over the sanded area.
  3. Uneven gloss: Uneven gloss is when film thickness is not equal, when there’s moisture in the coating, or when a topcoat is applied over wet primer. Solving this problem simply means allowing more drying time.
  4. Fading paint: Moisture trapped behind paint is more likely to cause paint to fade. Purchasing paint already colored for factory, which has a powder tint rather than a liquid tint, is an easy way to fix this common problem.
  5. Paint wrinkling: This happens when too much paint is applied. To fix it, remove the bad paint and recoat the affected area.

So there you have it, five common problems and five simple solutions. If you ever have a paint project or other service projects you don’t feel up to tackling, you can let Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can 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: Painting for the Police and Fire Departments

Some people choose to tackle painting projects themselves, and we understand why. However, there are cases where people don’t have the time, or the tools needed, to apply that fresh coat of paint. A good paint job goes a long way to improving the look of a building, even if it’s not the sort of building you might think about needing to be painted.

Our most recent paint job at FS Construction Services was painting the Valmeyer Emergency Services buildings, which include the police and fire department buildings. Paint Services expert, Brian “Boomer” Garleb, was our man on the project. The first step was to patch the cracks and the holes left from lots of nails over the years. Once this was done, Brian and his team could start painting, which sounds easy, but becomes a little more complicated when dealing with 20 ft. ceilings. Using a lift to reach the highest places, they made quick work of the interior of both buildings, covering them in a quality, neutral-tone semi-gloss paint. Our paint team always uses high-quality rollers and brushes and always lays drop cloths to make sure the only paint that stays is the paint that’s meant to. After just over three days, Brian and his team had finished, and the Valmeyer police and fire departments had fresh looking offices again.

If you are in need of paint services, interior or exterior, easy or hard-to-reach, you can let Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can 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.

The FSCS Team – Our Experience is Your Advantage

Recently, we posted an article that showcased the equipment FS Construction Services has at its disposal. This equipment, obviously, is fundamental to the projects in the Ag, Suburban and Commercial applications we work on and allows us to tackle everything from the complete construction of a new pole barns and steel building to smaller ’handyman’ jobs.

And while we are indebted to this equipment and what it can do, the reality is that FS Construction Services wouldn’t be able to do anything at all if it wasn’t for the highly skilled team that we have on staff. Their individual and collective expertise is easily the greatest advantage that our company has, so we wanted to take a moment to highlight these professionals.

  • Operations Manager – Greg Birchler
  • Grain Systems – Nathan Koester
  • Building & Construction – Tom Marcheski
  • Inside Sales & Support – Nathan Bleem
  • Grain Systems & USC Seed Equipment Sales – Justen Kempfer
  • Paint Services – Brian “Boomer” Garleb
  • Praxair & General Inquiries – Alicia Easter
  • Service Manager – Jarret Herzog
  • Concrete Finishing – Brandon Oglesby

In total, our crew is made up of:

  • Carpenters
  • Service/fabrication & maintenance workers
  • Construction & service laborers
  • Parts & service manager
  • Inside sales/service representative
  • Administrative & customer support
  • Buildings/construction support
  • Grain systems/structures support
  • Grain systems/USC sales support

The extraordinary staff we have at FS Construction Services and the wide-ranging knowledge and capabilities they bring is what allows us to say that there really is no project too big or too small for us to tackle.

As always, if you have any questions, let Gateway FS Construction Services know, you can 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.

 

Paint Color Matching

FS Paint Services can provide interior or exterior painting for residential, commercial and ag customers.  But what sets our service apart is our ability to attain any possible color you are looking to find and apply.

Many times, especially with residential customers, homeowners are looking to complement the other colors in their home. With the technology we’ve adopted from the X-Rite Color Matching, we’re able to scan any color – a wall, pillow, piece of paper, you name it – and develop the exact color replica in paint. We’re able to do this with an item called the Tethered Spectrophotometer.  It is a portable, handheld device so we’ll come to you, every time.

By providing this color matching service, we’re able to offer our customers an infinite source for paint colors. Maybe your business is trying to match colors in your logo or you’re hoping to replicate the color of your current equipment storage building with your new one being built.

Whatever the scenario may be, FS Paint Services will work with you from start to finish completing your project. Call us today at 866.551.3454 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team!