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Project Profile: Storage Building on Small Building Site

Of all the many projects we get to work on here at FS Construction Services, there really are few things as satisfying as watching an empty space transform into a brand-new building in just a couple short weeks. Fortunately, this is something we get to see pretty often, and it’s always exciting to see how each new building owner will choose to utilize their new space. This was the case last year when we had the opportunity to turn a relatively small building site on a moderately steep grade into a functional, beautiful storage space for our client.

Making the Best of a Small Building Site

 

Tom Marcheski and his team got to work quickly to get our client up and running with their new structure. The 30’ x 32’ x 10’ building was constructed on a 10” x 48” foundation wall due to the grade of the build site. The building itself features a 6” thick concrete floor, an 8’ x 17’ x 10’ recessed porch, 3’ color-matched wainscotting around the bottom of the building, and a 9’ x 8’ Raynor Aspen series steel-backed, insulated door with a Raynor Pilot 8’ 1/2hp chain drive operator. The building also features four windows, a charcoal gray metal roof, gutters, and an attractive red with white trim appearance.

The strong structure matched with the metal roof and the well-insulated door will allow this building to stand strong for many years to come and effectively keep safe and weather-proof whatever the owner chooses to store inside.

If you are in need of a new wood, steel, or post-frame building, even if you have a potentially tricky build site, 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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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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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.

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Did You Shut Your Garage Door?

We’ve all had the feeling before of being twenty minutes from home and suddenly being unable to remember if you remembered to shut the garage door. You run your leaving-the-house routine through your mind again and again to see if you can remember watching the door close, but no matter how hard you try you can’t quite be sure. Raynor MyQ garage door openers can help!

Control Your Garage Door with Raynor MyQ App

We’re sure you can imagine where we’re going next with this thought. Wouldn’t it be great if you could close your garage door from anywhere? Our partners at Raynor Garage Doors have introduced new technology that not only allows you to do that, but it lets you do some other pretty useful things too.

The Raynor MyQ garage door openers are WiFi-enabled openers that can be controlled through the MyQ phone app. So along with closing your door from your phone anywhere in the world, here are some other ways you can utilize these tools.

 

Video Monitoring

If you have the MyQ-enabled Sentinel opener, the included video camera will allow you to see who is coming and going when your garage door is opened or closed. Similar to a doorbell camera, this camera detects motion, even at night, and allows you to view what’s happening in real time, even allowing for real-time communication.

Extra Lighting

Raynor offers LED lights that can be separately mounted anywhere inside your garage and are controlled through the opener. So if need extra visibility, are searching for the source of a strange sound, or simply want the lights on when you know your hands will be full later, you can illuminate your garage with a simple button press.

Amazon In-Garage Deliveries

With this feature you can authorize Amazon to open your garage door for a secure package delivery. When your package is getting close to delivery, you will get a notification asking you to confirm your address. Then your door will open, allowing the delivery to be placed safely inside the garage. After a short time, the door closes with your package secure and dry inside.

Choose Your Closing and Lighting Time

This allows you to have your door automatically close at the time of your choosing any day of the week. Similarly, you can also choose a time for your garage lights to turn on or off.

Guest Use

With this feature you can invite up to three guests to control your MyQ connected doors and lights with their own MyQ app, making it great for guests, family, and friends.

 

If you are in need of a new garage door or 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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Brazinski Pork Farm #1: A Mammoth of Machine Storage

At FS Construction Services we always enjoy a good challenge. Often times our challenges involve making the right decision for a small space or figuring out how to best utilize a limited amount of resources. And we like that. Being backed into a corner usually inspires creativity. However, it’s not hard to admit that it’s a lot of fun during those rarer moments when we have the opportunity to go all out on a project, such as this machine storage building.

 

Huge, New and Functional Machine Storage Building

 

This was the case recently when we worked with a large pork farm to construct a brand-new machine storage and feed facility. We will actually be discussing this multi-month project for the next few months, highlighting a different aspect of the project each month. For now, though, we are going to discuss some of the overall features of the project as a whole.

This 81’ x 200’ x 20’ structure features huge, clear spans making it able to store multiple types of large agricultural machinery. The underside of the metal roof has been outfitted with Dripstop to prevent condensation from gathering inside the roof. The building also has 4’ blue wainscoting around its entire exterior. This not only enhances the building’s appearance, but it also makes for an easier replacement at the most likely damaged point of the building. Finally, we installed two sets of 40’ x 18’ double sliding doors and a 30’ x 18’ steel backed, insulated Raynor door with a 1.5 hp operator.

We will be diving into more of these aspects in greater detail in later months, so be sure to check back to learn more. In the meantime, if you are in need of a steel building, wood building, or post-frame building, 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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Things to Consider With Garage Door Upgrades

If you’re anything like most people, your temptation will probably be to let your creaky, crooked, or wobbly garage door fight it out for as long as possible before finally resolving to deal with the problem. And we get it. A garage door is the kind of thing you can afford to forget about until it suddenly stops working the way it used to, and then it feels like a nuisance.

Upgrade With a Premium Raynor Garage Door

At FS Construction Services, we’re all about maintenance. A little TLC here and there can go a long way towards saving you frustration and money down the road. However, there will eventually come a day when it’s time to let go of your old garage door and purchase a new one. So we wanted to discuss some things to consider before you decide to buy.

First, can your current door be fixed with a little maintenance? Keeping your hinges and springs lubricated, making sure your tracks are clean, keeping debris off the bottom of the weatherstripping and sensors can fix a handful of garage door problems. But once those things no longer do the trick, here’s a good rule to consider: if your repair cost is going to be half the cost of a new door, it’s time to go with the new door.

Our partners at Raynor Garage Doors make high-quality doors in a variety of styles and price ranges, meaning you can find a door that not only fits your needs, but looks great at the same time. Additionally, their doors come with lots of insulation options. So if your garage is attached to your home, if you live in an area with high highs or low lows, you will want to consider more robust insulation.

If it’s finally time to upgrade your old garage door, or if you’d like to find a door that better suits your house or your style, 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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Customize Your Raynor Garage Door

It should be no surprise to anyone that when we describe products we usually use the manufacturer’s terminology. And while that certainly makes sense, sometimes words like classic, farmhouse, or contemporary don’t give you the full picture. We may discuss attractive color options or real wood texture appearance, but of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes when you’re weighing the pros and cons of a purchase you just have to see the thing, and that includes a Raynor garage door.

 

Raynor Garage Door Design Center Lets You Plan and See Your New Garage Door

 

Our partners at Raynor Garage Doors have an incredible tool called the Raynor Garage Door Design Center that allows you to choose a series, model, design, color, windows, and more for your garage door and see exactly what it will look like when all those things come together. Additionally, users can compare different models to see which they like best and see which models are going to cost more and which will cost less.

Choosing a garage door can be stressful. Some doors are so utilitarian you only notice them when they don’t work. Others are tied specifically to the style of the house as an accent or a feature. And of course, at the end of the day, the thing still just needs to work. Having the ability to see your door before your purchase it is a huge win. However, you still may find yourself with questions about pricing, functionality, durability, or more. When it comes to a purchase like this, you want to make sure you get it right the first time.

If you are in the market for a new garage door or a new garage door operator, 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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A Commercial Garage Door for Every Application

There is no denying that an unreliable residential garage door can be a huge hassle. An unreliable commercial garage door, on the other hand, has the potential to be a lot more than a hassle. Thankfully, our partners at Raynor Garage Doors have a commercial garage door for any industrial, commercial, agricultural, or loading dock situation.

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Commercial Sectional Doors

These sectional doors come in a variety of styles from the most thermally efficient to ribbed to raised or recessed panel and more. No matter the choice or application, you’re going to find a thick, durable, and dependable door.

Commercial Rolling Doors

From service doors to counter shutters to grille doors, these rolling doors will also give you an option for different slat types and materials.

Commercial High Speed Fabric Doors

Raynors’ RapidCoil high speed fabric doors are designed to create a tight seal against rain, wind, and contaminants, and are engineered to open as fast as eight feet per second. The weatherproof sealing combined with high-speed operation, make these doors energy-efficient and ideal for manufacturing environments.

Commercial Traffic Doors

The FabriCoil traffic doors offer many of the same features of a high-speed door, but are designed for the kind of durability needed for high-traffic areas. These tough, affordable doors come with a number of customizable options and features.

Commercial Fire Doors

For applications where fire protection and safety matter most, these doors, shutters, and operators are designed to provide reliable operation time and time again.

If you’re looking for a new garage door and would like to figure out which of these options is best for you, 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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Choosing the Right Garage Door

It’s hard not to think of a garage door as something that’s purely utilitarian. And in many cases, it should be. It needs to work, and it needs to work when it’s expected to, or else you will find yourself staring at a big door that may look pleasant enough, but not actually do what you need it to do. However, thanks to our partners at Raynor Garage Doors, your residential garage doors can be both a feature and a function.

Let us help you find the right residential garage door for you

This month, we’re going to look at four of their series of residential garage doors to help you determine which one might be right for you.

Distinctions Series

Like the name says, these doors are designed to be distinct. Using high-quality material, these doors are anything but ordinary. Their custom look and varying styles allow you to find the door that matches your specific taste and style without sacrificing on quality.

Aspen Series

These steel doors come in a variety of elegant styles, with window options and woodgrain pattern finishes. But more than just a nice look, their WeatherLock section joint not only provides strength, but superb thermal efficiency, keeping your garage more comfortable, even when it’s not outside.

Traditions Series

While these steel doors may be called “traditional,” there’s nothing boring about their functionality. Their three-layer construction features thermal protection, insulation, and 2” thick door sections so your garage will stand the test of time.

Advantage Series

These steel doors are great for the homeowner who simply wants a door that keeps it simple, looks good, and opens and closes whenever they need it to. These doors come in two stylish options and are available in a variety of wind load pressure ratings to meet your needs.

If you’re looking for a new garage door and would like to figure out which of these options is best for you, 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.