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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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There’s No Match for Steel

Over the years at FS Construction Services we have built many, many buildings for many, many different purposes. In that time, we have found out over and over that it is hard to beat the strength and versatility of a steel building. In short, there’s no match for steel.

The Benefits of a Steel Building

Obviously one of the clearest benefits of a steel building is the strength and durability it provides. Because of that strength, steel buildings are able to offer huge, clear spans up to 200’. Of course, if cost is a bigger factor than uninterrupted space, multi-span structures are a simple way to reduce cost.

Beyond just strength, steel is rot and pest resistant, meaning you won’t have to worry about weathering and degradation. Additionally, the steel structures we build feature pre-punched purlins, girts, and eaves, allowing for a kind of precision and consistency of build that is reliable and repeatable.

If you are in a spot where you’re considering a steel building, our team of experts will work with you on finding the best type of the building, size, and more, to get you exactly what you need. Our job is to listen first and then determine how we can make your dream building come true. From agricultural to residential to commercial and everything in between, we have built pretty much every kind of structure imaginable over the years. Our partners at Sukup Manufacturing and Butler Manufacturing offer some of the highest-quality, most customizable buildings on the market, and we are proud to partner with the best.

If you have a building in mind but aren’t sure whether you want wood or steel for the job then we’ll be happy to help you figure it out. Have any questions about your next building project? Let Gateway FS Construction Services answer your questions. Simply give us a call at 866-551-3454! We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.



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Six Signs It’s Time to Update That Old Paint

For many people, painting is like a trip to the dentist. You know it needs to be done, you know it will be good for you in the long run, and yet you just don’t really feel like doing it. Some paint jobs have the added complexity of hard-to-reach places, lots of surface area to cover, or simply too much time negotiating a ladder. And yet despite all the work, eventually, it will need to be done. Because it’s a task that can require a lot of up-front effort, it’s one of those things that’s easy to put on hold, but holding out too long can cause long-term trouble. So we thought we would point out some signs that it’s time to finally update that old paint.

  1. Dry rot. Dry rot is caused by fungi that essentially eat away at wood, causing a loss in durability and strength. There are many types of protective paint that can be applied to protect your exterior wood to prevent this from happening.
  2. Cracking or breaking. When cracking or breaking of the base material is visible at the bottom of a structure, apart from being a sign of some other issues, it’s also a sign that it’s time to apply some new paint.
  3. Chipping or peeling. This one’s pretty obvious, but chipped or peeling paint is no good. Especially when it comes to outdoor structures, the more paint that chips away, the more exposed the material is to weathering and degradation.
  4. Color fading. It’s easy to forget just what color something used to be until you see it compared to its old self. Sunlight and a well-defined four seasons will slowly dull the color of your paint over time.
  5. Cracked or dried caulk. High-quality caulking is made to last ten years. If the caulking around doors and windows is starting to crack, dry, or peel, it could be a sign it’s time to also revisit the paint as well.
  6. If you have no idea when your structure was last painted, then it might be time to give it some fresh paint.

If you have an overdue paint job and don’t have the time, equipment, or desire to tackle it yourself, please 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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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 paint 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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Project Profile: A Fully-Integrated Tri-Flow Scale

At FS Construction Services, we have the benefit of working with a number of great partners who manufacture trustworthy, state-of-the-art equipment and material. But a successfully-completed job means much more to us than simply providing the raw material. We want to give each of clients the tools necessary to use that material to its greatest potential, ensuring they always get their money’s worth.

Over a couple of weeks this year, our Seed Treating Solutions Specialists installed a brand-new USC Tri-Flo Continuous Scale for a client. Thanks to its continuous flow mechanism, this new system significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to treat seed from bulk bins because it doesn’t have to wait for an entire weight of seed to enter the batch hopper.

However, because we wanted to make sure that our client was comfortable with the brand-new equipment, we provided extensive training and support after installation. Our team even designed a system that integrated three different automation packages from two different manufacturers to ensure our client would always have a fast, accurate treating system.

With the constant changing and updating of technology, it’s important to us that we give our clients the tools necessary to get the most from their equipment. From the beginning of an idea to the end of its implementation, we want our customers to not only have the best possible experience, but to be fully equipped to succeed in their endeavors.

If you are in the market for seed treating equipment, or you have questions about how to use, upgrade, or interface with your equipment, 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: From 0 to 40,000 Bushel Capacity in a Week

At FS Construction Services we know that among the many things a bountiful harvest can bring is the need for more storage space. This was the case recently, with harvest right around the corner, when we were contracted to build a new storage bin. Luckily our team was up to the task, and in exactly one week’s time, our client was up and running with a brand-new grain storage solution.

Nathan Koester, one of our Grain Systems expert, oversaw the construction of the Sukup grain bin. At 42’ in diameter and 9 rings tall, this new structure would provide instant help for the harvest to come with a capacity of 40,000 bushels. Additionally, the grain bin was outfitted with a roof auger, stairs, and an 8” power sweep.

With our team in and out in a week, our client was able to continue preparing for the season to come with the assurance of having all the storage that would be needed. Thanks to our long-lasting partnership with Sukup and our familiarity with their products and equipment, we are able to work quickly and efficiently. This not only guarantees properly set up grain bins and systems, but it also means our clients can get back to their work sooner.

If you are looking to get a jump on the season to come or are in the market for grain drying, grain storage, or grain handling and transfer, let Gateway FS Construction Services know. We work with a number of trusted partners and employ the best in the business. 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 Right Tools to Tackle Your 2018 Projects

We hope that all of our friends and customers are enjoying some much-deserved holiday rest right now. Of course, as we approach the end of this year, it’s impossible not to think about the year to come, with all of the projects and work that will be started or finished. When it comes to getting stuff done, whether it’s around the farm, office, or home, FS Construction Services has the experienced staff, expertise and resources to help you with your 2018 projects.

From new building projects, to the installation of grain handling equipment, to general maintenance tasks you may not have the time or resources for, we would just like to let you know that we’ve got you covered. Going into 2018, we are better equipped than ever to help you successfully complete the projects you have dreamed up. Apart from our expert and specialized staff, we also have:

  • Pickup trucks
  • Flatbed truck
  • Service trucks
  • Assorted-size trailers
  • Scissor lift and scaffold wagons
  • Compact track loaders with augers, jib pole, forks, and buckets
  • Forklift
  • Trencher
  • Portable welders
  • Hydraulic bin jacks with stairs
  • Plus, the area’s most skilled and detail oriented crews.

With the right tools, over 40 years of construction service, and trusted partners, we are looking forward to the many projects we will get to work on in 2018, and even more than that, we are looking forward to the new clients we will get to meet.

So as you think about the year to come, if you have any questions about the sorts of projects we can help you with, 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.

Happy Holidays from FS Construction Services

As 2017 winds down, we here at FS Construction Services wanted to take a moment to wish all of our customers, clients, and friends Happy Holidays. It has been a great year full of exciting projects, new developments, and more importantly, getting the privilege of working with our friends and neighbors.

Though the holidays can often be a hectic time, we hope that you are able to get some rest and enjoy the company of family and friends. Whether you are sticking around home or traveling, we wish you a safe and merry holiday season. We are so grateful for all of our clients and customers and we want you to know how much we enjoyed getting to work with you this past year. We thank you for your support and hope you will continue to work with us in the future.

Here’s to a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and great 2018!

Of course, if you have any questions or even some last-minute work you would like to get done before the new year, don’t hesitate to let Gateway FS Construction Services know how we can help. If you have any questions, you can always 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.

Project Profile: The Long-lasting Benefits of a Metal Roof

There are a number of investments homeowners can make to improve the quality and value of their home, but few of them are as crucial as choosing the right roof when the time comes. The number of issues that stem from an old or poorly-installed roof are endless. Conversely, a high-quality, expertly-installed roof provides lasting piece of mind. Or at least, lasting about 12-20 years when considering a traditional asphalt roof. A metal roof, on the other hand, can last anywhere from 40-70 years, significantly longer than a standard roof. Additionally, metal roofs are better able to seal out water, air, shed snow, and stand up to high winds without damage.

This past summer at FS Construction Services, a client of ours made the decision to switch to a metal roof, and ensured they won’t have to worry about their roof for a long, long time to come. In June of 2017, our building and construction expert Tom Marcheski and his team came and removed the existing shingles, fascia, soffits, and siding from the client’s home. We replaced the old roof with Fabral’s Horizon S Series 26-guage roofing panels in the specific color that complimented the beautiful exterior of the home. This brand-new roof, featuring concealed fasteners, will provide our client with decades of protection and harsh-weather resistance. To top it off, we also removed the house’s old gutters and replaced them with 6” seamless gutters, complete with a Leaf Terminator leaf guard system.

Does your home need more than a new roof? Did you know the professionals at FS Construction Services can help there too? Our staff of experts can also help with other home repair and maintenance needs that range from simple and routine to paint, electrical and more. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

If you’re in the market for a new roof or are interested in learning more about the advantages of a metal roof, be sure to let Gateway FS Construction Services know how we can help. Not only do we work on residential roofs, but we also work on commercial and agricultural roofs. If you have any questions, you can always 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.

Project Profile: Get the Most From Your Garage Door

For most people, a garage door isn’t something you think about much until it stops working. However, at FS Construction Services, we know that a little bit of thought about the type of garage door you have can go a long way.

This past summer, Tom Marcheski, our Building and Construction expert, oversaw the installation of three, high-quality garage doors on a newly built house. And as this project shows, there is much more to a garage door than what it looks like and how fast it goes up.

Our partnership with Raynor Garage Doors gives us access to some of the nicest, best-looking, and most dependable garage doors on the market. For this particular project, we installed three Aspen 138 Series doors and three 1/2HP belt drive operators. These 9’ x 8’ doors are designed not just with longevity in mind, but ultimate comfort and home efficiency as well. Thanks to Neufoam polyurethane insulation blown between the steel skins of each door, expanding to fill 100% of the space, the Apsen 138 doors have an R-value of 13. This excellent insulation will help keep your garage, and all that’s in your garage, warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Additionally, the A138 doors feature a WeatherLock section joint that prevents air and water from getting into the interior of the garage. Meanwhile the heavy-gauge steel used for the door tracks is made specifically to order, so your door will fit perfectly over its long life.

While all of the above is hugely important, it is also important that these garage doors look as good as they function. Luckily for this project, Raynor recently introduced their new Walnut Wood Finish style that fit perfectly with the surrounding house. So our client will be able to enjoy great looking, great operating garage doors for many years to come.

FS Construction Services performs installation and maintenance on both residential and commercial garage doors, as well as a variety of other types of maintenance for residential and commercial buildings. If you have garage door needs, or any other building or maintenance need, be sure to let Gateway FS Construction Services know. If you have any questions, you can always 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.