FS Construction Services metal roof

Project Profile: New Roof in Time for Winter

At FS Construction Services, we know that no one ever really wants to get their roof replaced. It’s a big job, and it can be hard to know where to start, who to hire, and what kind of roof to buy. And while we can’t snap our fingers and make a new roof appear, we like to think that we’re the next best thing.

Late last fall, we had a client in that exact position, in need of a new roof before the cold winter months set in. We worked with our client to determine the best possible roof for his home, and our team got to work tearing out the old shingles and replacing them with a brand-new Fabral metal roof. These roofs are incredibly durable and can even have a lifespan of up to 70 years. For this particular job, we installed a Horizon S series roof. This standing-seam, concealed-fastener roofing system is made of 26-gauge high-strength steel. It also features a Class A fire resistance rating, a Class 4 hail impact rating, and a Class 90 uplift test rating. With eight colors to choose from, our client was able to find the right fit for his home, providing a fresh look to go along with the unmatched longevity and durability of his new roof.

When it comes to roofing, we believe it needs to be done right, and it needs to be done right the first time. The many decades of lasting protection and the peace of mind it brings is well worth the investment.

If you are interested in a metal roof for your residential, commercial, or agricultural building, 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.

Grain systems maintenance

Preventative Maintenance #1: Grain Systems

Grain storage, handling, and aeration are on the list of things that are easier said than done. While on the surface, having a big container to store grain sounds simple, the sheer number of small details that go into doing it well is impressive. Ruined seed or even grain bin accidents are often the result of one of these small details not being attended to along the way. At FS Construction Services, we understand how stressful it can be to try and keep every little part of your grain system in check, which is why we are releasing a series of preventative maintenance articles covering both seed and grain systems.

Like we said in our seed systems article, a little maintenance can go a long way when it comes to keeping your systems effective and operational, and our goal is to give you the information you need to keep your equipment in the best shape. What follows is a description of the service you receive when an FS professional comes out to take your system through the preventative maintenance process for all our grain systems partners, including Sukup, GSI and Hutchinson.

The major component of our grain system maintenance comes through the means of a visual inspection. Our FS professional will examine the entire grain bin site and look for things like: rodent damage, a clear burner gun or exit area, rust or corrosion, loose bolts, old grain that needs to be cleaned out, and more. Additionally, we will run circuit tests, test all fans and heaters, and check augers for wear or clogging.

“Our goal is to help each and every one of our clients have as worry-free of a growing season and harvest as possible,” says Jarret Herzog, Service Manager. “Often we find that the number one issue is a broken fan or heater, which can severely impact the quality of the crop, so we make it a priority to get to these customers as soon as possible after the problem is discovered.”

As the summer months move quickly on, please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services if you are interested in our preventative maintenance services. Or 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.

Gateway FS Construction Services interior exterior painting services

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.

USC Seed Treatment Gateway FS Construction Services

Project Profile: Uniquely Outfitted with an LPV Seed Treater

FS Construction Services has been a construction, equipment, and service leader for over 40 years. Over that time we have learned a lot, and we see it as a part of our job to share that knowledge whenever we can. We have always been a community-first company, and even as we’ve grown over the years, we always work to make sure that never changes.

This past February, a client of ours wanted to upgrade their old seed equipment to a brand-new USC LPV treater, a direct-inject pump stand, and a USC U-Batch treater to over treat corn. The LPV treater features an innovative, large, tilting drum which encourages a high seed-flow rate and a longer dry time. The new U-Batch treater allows our client to over treat corn with biologicals, nemacides, and inoculants, as well as the ability to evenly coat treated seed with any dry material they wish.

We wanted to make sure our client felt comfortable working with all this new equipment, so Justen Kempfer, our Seed Treating Solutions specialist, not only oversaw installation, but provided extensive user training and support, ensuring our client wasted no time in getting the most out of their new treater.

However, there was one more opportunity we had to help our client out. One of the benefits of being in the business so long, is that we know a lot of people, so we were able to work with another industry specialist to facilitate the sale of our client’s old equipment to another seed dealership, which was a win-win them and us.

If you are interested in seed treating equipment, from portable to commercial options, 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.

Farmer salute on 4th of July

Happy 4th of July: Salute to Our Farmers

For many, the 4th of July is a time to gather together with family and remember the many liberties and freedoms we get to enjoy on a daily basis, even if we sometimes take them for granted. As we reflected on that recently, it’s got us thinking about the many clients we have worked with over the years who are farmers. We enjoy the fruits of their work regularly on our tables, in our stores and in hundreds of other ways we may not think about or even realize.

So, everyone at FS Construction Services wanted to take a moment to say “Thank You” to the many hardworking farmers whose everyday labor affects our everyday lives and whose influence reaches far beyond the communities in which they live. Over the more than 40 years we’ve been in southern Illinois, we have been able to able to work with some great people, and we’re thankful that we live in an area of such rich farmland, because it allows us the opportunity to work for those who provide for all of us.

We wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday, and hope you’re able to take some time and slow down and remember the many joys and privileges we get to enjoy by living in the greatest country on earth.

We’ve shared this before but especially today, when we say “Thank You” to our local farmers and celebrate the 4th of July, it seemed appropriate to once again share this wonderful video tribute from Paul Harvey.

As always, you can reach out to us for any building, grain system, seed system, roofing, garage door, or other service needs. We are always happy to work with our clients on finding the best possible solutions, whether it’s a complex job or a simple task, and we’re happy to answer questions and troubleshoot problems when they arise. 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.

Gateway FS Construction Services grain systems

Project Profile: 10,200 Bushels in Five Days

Five days is not a very long time, but when our team needs to get a job done, five days is all they need. Early last February, with winter still a long way from ending, FS Construction Services worked hard to finish a client’s project in a tight time window without cutting any corners.

From February 5th to February 9th, Nathan Koester and his team set to work on building a brand-new grain-storage bin. The grain bin was no slouch either, coming in at 24’ in diameter, 7 rings tall, and also featuring a horizontal power sweep, an axial fan, and wrap-around stairs. When it was all said and done, the total bushel capacity was 10,200 bushels.

It’s during moments like this that our long-lasting partnership with Sukup proves so valuable. Our team has become so accustomed to working with their grain systems that it’s possible for us to build one from the ground up, complete with all the bells and whistles, in such a short amount of time. This allows us to work with all kinds of clients with all kinds of requirements and needs. We know that sometimes time isn’t on our clients’ side, and we’re happy to have such a great team and such great partners that we can rise to whatever challenge presents itself.

Grain bins and other agricultural equipment and systems come in all shapes and sizes. If you have questions about the right building or equipment for you, please feel free to 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.

FS Construction Services metal roof liner

Project Profile: Brand-New Roof Liner

At FS Construction Services, we value high-quality material that stands the test of time. Our goal is to make sure each client we work with has the best possible experience, which is why we make a point to work with the best possible partners.

Last December, over the course of 9 days, Tom Marcheski and his team added high-quality roofing material to a client’s steel-framed building. First, to ensure the building and the equipment inside would stay protected from the cold winter weather, we installed batt insulation. After this, we were able to get to putting up some of best roof fastener panels on the market.

Fabral’s Mighti-Rib ceiling liner is a Class 4 impact, Class A fire, and wind-protected roof fastener that is not only exceptionally durable, but also comes in a variety of perforation and color options, so our client was able to find the exact look and fit for their needs.

The benefit of being able to handpick our partners is that we know the quality of material we’re installing matches the work quality of those installing it. Fabral’s metal roof supplies have proven to show incredible strength and longevity, meaning we never have to think twice about working with them.

If you are looking for a new roof or something to strengthen the roof that’s there, whether you’re considering a residential, commercial, or agricultural application, 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.

GFS Construction Services paint

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.

Barn renovation Gateway FS Construction Services customer appreciation

Customer Thank You

Construction is a demanding job. And there is the added pressure of knowing that any given project we’re working on directly affects someone’s home, business, or livelihood. It’s a great feeling to see something through from the very beginning to the end, when it becomes a functional tool for someone to benefit from and use every day. That’s why it means so much to us at Gateway FS Construction Services when a customer takes a moment to share their appreciation.

Recently we received a thank you from our clients Norm and Judy B. about a barn remodel project, and we wanted to share it here.

Gateway FS,

Just a note to say “Thank You” very much to Joe who did amazing work on our old barn.  The old saying “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” – Well – Joe can!  He does beautiful work and we appreciate it so much and will enjoy the improvement for years to come.  Our compliments to an amazing craftsman!

Thanks,

Norm and Judy B.

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For us, our job is more than simply providing someone with a building or a grain bin, it’s about providing someone with the exact building they need to start their business, or the exact size of grain bin for them to have a successful growing season. The buildings and equipment we install are simply the tools, it’s the people who matter to us. We could install the most beautiful, fully-stocked steel building available, and if it wasn’t what the customer needed, that project would be a failure.

So we just wanted to thank Norm and Judy for their note, because it really does mean a lot to us. We enjoyed the opportunity to work with them, and we always look forward to meeting new clients and figuring out how to help them get exactly what they need.

If you have any questions about our services 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.

USC Tri Flo Continuous Scale seed treating Gateway FS Construction Services

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 Specialist Justen Kempfer 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. Justen and FSCS Technician Kenny Huebner 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.