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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.

See Gateway FS Construction Services for reliable and functional commercial garage doors

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.

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Refine Your Garage Door Experience

As we say often, garage doors tend to be things that are easily overlooked until something goes wrong with them. Unsurprisingly, this holds true for garage door openers as well. At FS Construction Services, we have partnered with Raynor Garage Doors, and not only do they feature a premiere lineup of garage door choices, they have a similarly impressive lineup of garage door openers. We are going to take a look at some of these openers and sort out what makes them distinct and hopefully help you determine which one is right for you.

Premier Selection of Garage Door Openers

When most people think about garage door openers, they likely picture a rounded rectangle hanging from the ceiling of the garage. The garage door opens, a light comes on, end of story. However, there is more to the garage door opener story than just that.

Raynor’s line of garage door openers features standard openers like the Airman II, which is designed to be a no-fuss, durable opener that comes at a good price. However, there are a number of openers that have additional features like the Sentinel, which is an opener with a built-in live feed camera. The General II has corner-to-corner lighting so your entire garage is illuminated. The Prodigy II is a wall-mounted opener, which along with being quiet, also saves a lot of overhead space.

Most of Raynor’s garage doors come with wifi, meaning they can be controlled from your phone, and they even offer battery-backup openers, so you can still use your garage even if the power is out. While it may not have been something you thought much about before, customizing your garage door opener could be that extra bit of convenience or safety that puts your mind at ease.

If you have any questions about garage door openers, or garage doors in general, 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: The Little Details Make a Building Unique

At FS Construction Services, we have constructed our fair share of buildings over the years. From every shape and size to a whole host of different functions and purposes, we have had the opportunity to see just how much variety you can get in a wood or steel building. In many cases though, what really sets a structure apart are all the extra details. Whether it’s huge, sliding doors, an insulated living space, or stalls for horses, the variety of additions here and there are what really make a building, the building.

Metal Building for Storage and Maintenance

Recently, we had the chance to build a new structure with enough extra features to set it apart from the other buildings like it. This 42’ x 80’ x 16’ drive-through facility was built on a concrete slab to be used for storage and maintenance. We lined the building with R42 ceiling insulation and R19 wall insulation to increase the building’s thermal efficiency and help keep it warmer during the cold months. Along one side of the building we installed 10 7’ x 2’ fixed glass windows to provide the interior with plenty of natural light. On each side of the building is a 14’ x 14’ Raynor garage door featuring windows and exhaust ports.

The structure uses 5” x 6” standard columns and laminated columns that have been staggered for strength. Along the exterior, we have installed sectional gutters with 4” x 3” down spouts to drive water away from the building and slab.

While this particular project may not have had anything completely out of the ordinary, it featured just enough of the little kinds of extras and details to make it the exact building our client wanted. If you are looking for your own custom steel or wood 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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Knowing Your Garage Door Parts Can Keep You Safe

Here at FS Construction Services we always like to say that a garage door is one of those things you don’t notice until it stops working the way it should, and then it becomes something you can’t ignore. Because of this, it can also be easy to forget that garage doors are very heavy and can actually be dangerous if they are not maintained properly.

Garage Door Safety Tips

Our partners over at Raynor Garage Doors have put together a useful list of things to keep in mind with your garage door and its specific parts.

  • Section Joints are the joints between garage door sections. Think of this part of the garage door like the gap between the door and the wall when you open any standard door. It may fit your fingers when it’s open, but it certainly won’t when it’s closed. When manually opening a garage door, be sure to keep your fingers away from these section joints.
  • Corner Brackets are the brackets that are attached to the bottom corners of your garage door. The cables responsible for raising and lowering the garage door are attached to these brackets. Because of this, these brackets are under tension, and should only be removed by a professional.
  • Extension and Torsion Springs balance the garage door and provide lifting power. These springs should only be serviced by a trained technician.
  • Photoelectric Eyes and Sensing Edges are the sensors that send an invisible beam across the space of your garage door. If this beam is obstructed, by a car, a foot, etc., the garage door will stop closing. Making sure these sensors are functioning properly is necessary when it comes to keeping your stuff and you and your family safe.
  • Lift Handles and Pull Ropes allow you to manually open your door in the event of a power outage or a malfunctioning door. Make sure any ropes can’t accidentally hook onto anything when opening normally. Additionally, when opening or closing a garage door manually, be sure to keep fingers, toes, and other body parts clear of the door.

If you are in need of a new garage door or in need of garage door services, 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 Building With All the Bells, Whistles, and Saddles

Over the years here at FS Construction Services we have talked often about the many uses and benefits of wood and steel buildings. Much of the time these buildings are used for storage, vehicles, and agricultural equipment. Recently, however, we had the chance to construct a building for another means of transportation: horses.

Wood and Steel Storage Buildings

This 54’ x 88’ x 16.5’ multipurpose structure was actually built to fulfill a variety of purposes, including: suburban storage, machine storage, general purpose, and horse stable. This building is constructed with strong, patented 5’ x 6’ laminated columns, creating a very durable structure. Additionally, we installed R19-rated wall insulation and R42 blown insulation in the ceiling to provide year-round comfort for both animals and people.

One of the most exciting features of this project is the actual horse stalls themselves. We built four individual stalls, but installed a custom, moveable stall/wall divider that can merge two of the stalls together, creating a huge third stall area. Over the stalls we constructed a loft to provide further storage space.

This project also included four overhead doors, two are 18’ x 14’, one is 18’ x 12’, and one that is 12’ x 12’. These are Raynor Aspen AP200 series doors featuring window panels and nylon rollers for extended life and performance.

While we worked hard to make the interior as comfortable as possible, our client wanted to make sure they had an attractive exterior too. This building features: 4’ high natural rock wainscoting, (2) 3’x 3’ cupolas with windows, a cedar truss covered door entry, 48’ x 10’ Dutch finish back porch, double Dutch doors for exterior stable entry, upper windows with fixed insulated and lined eve lights, and three walk-in doors with keyless entry.

While this was a pretty feature-rich project, we construct all kinds of buildings for all kinds of purposes, from simple storage sheds to comfortable office spaces. If you are in need of a new 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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New Offices and Storage Building for FS Construction

Red Bud, IL Construction Company Building

Over the years at FS Construction Services in Red Bud, IL, we have built many, many buildings. Whether for farmers, business owners, or homeowners, we have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients. Earlier this year, we did something far less common, and built a building for ourselves. This project was an exciting way to fulfill a couple of outstanding needs we had been looking to address by providing us both with some additional office space as well as a fertilizer storage building.

The building, constructed on a foundation wall, features ample storage space attached to a comfortable office space. Both sections of the building are lined and insulated. In the attached offices, they also built restrooms, a lunchroom, a display area, and a customer service area that’s connected to a 70’ long outdoor scale capable of weighing up to 100,000 pounds with an accuracy of 20 pounds.

On the storage side, there are two 16’ x 16’ Raynor overhead garage doors for drive-through pickup of palleted bulk seed and fertilizer. The walls are made with laminated studs and mounted to concrete steel plates that hold a 50-year warranty, meaning this building was designed to stand for a long time to come.

While we have loved every chance to work with so many clients around the community, it was fun to take our own advice for a time and design our own custom, efficient building that we will get to enjoy for many more years. Our steel and wood building options are a great way to get the space you need for residential, commercial, or agricultural use.

If you have any questions or would like to see what we can do 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.