FS Construction Services low-maintenance steel buildings

Low-Maintenance Steel Buildings Save Time and Resources

We all love the promise of something that’s low maintenance. We also know that something billed as low maintenance is usually never as simple as it promises to be. But, while being up front about the fact that every new building does require some maintenance, we feel pretty comfortable saying that a steel building is about as low maintenance as they can come.

FS Construction Services Low-Maintenance Steel Buildings

 

Put simply, steel buildings are durable. So, barring an actual structural concern or emergency repair, much of the maintenance steel buildings do require can be done at a pace of when it’s most convenient for you. Simple things like keeping tools, equipment, and even tree branches off of the building’s interior and exterior sides and roof will prevent wear, scratches, and warping over time.

Another simple piece of maintenance is, just like a car, giving your building a good wash from time to time. Keeping your building clean will prevent dirt and grime from building up on the panels, which can eventually cause surface damage. Speaking of water though, you will want to make sure there are no places where moisture is collecting, because it can eventually lead to mold and corrosion. While you don’t have to worry about rot or pests destroying your steel structure, you will want to keep an eye out for anything that can cause rust or wear down its strength over time.

In most cases, a little upkeep here and there will keep your steel building standing strong year after year after year. If you are interested in a steel building, or any other kind of 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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Project Profile: 4,000 Bushel New Grain System

Here at FS Construction Services, we have worked in the agriculture world for so long that we have settled on that most basic principle of farming certainty: there is no certainty at all. And while it’s true that this has always been the case, there are some things that can be done about it, for example planning a new grain system.

 

New Grain System for the Future

 

Many farmers turn to utilizing their grain storage capabilities as a means to weather storms (literally and figuratively), wait for a better market, and deal with unexpected yields without worrying about waste. This was the case with a recent client who asked us to come help them add a little security and convenience to their operation.

After talking with the client about their needs, Nathan Koester and his team built a 7-ring tall, 18’ diameter storage bin with a capacity of 4,000 bushels. While it’s certainly not the largest project we’ve ever worked on, it was done in the interest of foresight and planning. This Brock structure was constructed as a surge tank and also features two 12” fans allowing our client to store their grain longer term if needed. That way, whether the mill is closed for the weekend, or our client needs to hang onto their grain for some other unforeseen reason, they have the capacity to hold the grain and keep it from spoiling in the process.

It’s a simple solution, but one that can pay out dividends in the future. And while it doesn’t control the weather or the market, it does add a little security for when the weather or the market are a little out of control.

If you are in need of adding more grain storage, or if you are in the market for grain drying or grain handling equipment, 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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Employee Profile: Brian “Boomer” Garleb – FS Construction Services Painting

Over the past two months, you have gotten to know the man behind FS Construction Services Painting Services, Brian “Boomer” Garleb. We have talked about his background and his approach to bidding and projects, so we thought it would be good to close out this employee profile with some discussion on the actual work itself.

 

FS Construction Services Painting Products and Projects

 

Over the last 30 years, Boomer has developed a number of techniques, skills, and an understanding of the right equipment for the job. Boomer’s highly detailed and thorough approach has been put to the test over and over with both interior and exterior projects. No matter the job, Boomer comes prepared with all the brushes, tarps, ladders, and other equipment to bring the job to completion. He also has developed his own method of rolling and cutting in as he goes, leaving behind a seamless, clean finish. One of his favorite products to use is Soy Zinc. This primer topcoat can even be applied directly to rust.

Whether he is working on the exterior of a house or building, a shed (his personal favorite), a roof, or all sizes or types of interior space, Boomer provides each project with the same level of attention and care. All around southern Illinois and even as far as Minnesota, Texas, and North Carolina, Boomer’s trained, thoughtful approach has made old buildings look new, dull rooms seem vibrant, and forgotten spaces feel memorable again.

In his own words, “It is all about treating the customer right. I have great business. I’m very fortunate that way.” Fortunate? Perhaps. Earned? Definitely. Boomer’s reputation speaks for itself, as do the projects that he works on. We are grateful to be able to work alongside Boomer and that so many of our clients have been able to benefit from his experience, his expertise, and his care.

If you are in need of paint services, or have any related questions, 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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Pole Barn Versatility: Diverse Applications and Modern Uses

Here at FS Construction Services, one of our favorite topics will forever be buildings. Specifically, versatile, customizable buildings that perfectly suit the job they’re needed for. And while this is true of our steel and wood buildings, today we are going to focus on one of the most affordable types of buildings: pole barns and pole barn versatility.

A pole barn carries with it a lot of potential because of how particularly it can be fitted for a needed application. In most cases with pole barns, the limit is only your imagination. That being said, pole barns still offer a high degree of durability, ventilation, and open space to make them widely usable.

 

Four Applications: Pole Barn Versatility

 

Agriculture

Pole barns are well-suited to a number of agricultural needs: livestock operations, stalls or shelter for animals, storage for farm equipment and machinery.

 

Vehicles and Equipment

Pole barns are able to maintain wide spans of open space to store large vehicles, tractors, RVs, boats, and more. Similarly, they are equally capable of housing heavy machinery, equipment, and tools.

 

Commercial Use

The uses extend beyond just animal and vehicle storage though. Pole barns work well as warehouses, manufacturing buildings, and even retail spaces or commercial offices. The high degree of flexibility means your pole barn can be a professional, comfortable commercial space.

 

Recreational Use

If you are looking for something a little more leisurely, pole barns can make excellent fitness centers, sports facilities, banquet halls, and more.

 

Truthfully, we’ve only scratched the surface here, but we hope it’s given you a good idea of how you might make use of these strong, affordable structures. If you are interested in a post-frame building, or in a 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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Project Profile: Sukup Grain Bin Storage

We talk a lot about grain storage here at FS Construction Services. Keeping your grain protected and secure while you wait on the right time to sell seems like an easy enough idea to grasp in theory. But in practice, grain bin storage involves a high number of variables and requires a good structure and properly working equipment to ensure that the grain is at top quality when you need it most.

New Grain Bin Storage System

 

Over the years we have worked on countless grain bin sites adding new storage, updating equipment, helping farmers grow their capacity, and so on. The fact remains, no matter how big or how small a site is, there are some basic fundamentals that you can count on to give you the space and peace of mind you need for healthy grain.

This was the case recently when Nathan Koester and his team constructed a new grain system on the a client’s farm. The 42’ in diameter Sukup grain bin is 6-rings tall and has a capacity of 28,900 bushels. The bin also includes exterior stairs for safe roof access, a centrifugal fan to help with airflow and a powersweep.

While certainly not the largest site we’ve worked on, this job includes all of the basic fundamentals required for a successful operation. The new bin will provide our client with the space they need and the knowledge that their grain is secure, well treated, and ready for use at the ideal time.

If you are in need of adding more grain storage, or if you are in the market for grain drying or grain handling equipment, 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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Employee Profile: Brian “Boomer” Garleb – FSCS Paint Division

Last month we continued our FS Construction Services employee profile series by introducing Brian “Boomer” Garleb. Boomer doesn’t just run the FSCS paint division for us, Boomer is the paint division. His over 30 years of experience, his stellar reputation, and the tremendous wealth of knowledge he has built over that time make him a great asset to our customers.

FSCS Paint Division Customers and Bids

 

Speaking of customers, Boomer has maintained so many repeat customers over these last three decades for a reason. He handles every job himself, meaning our clients are always getting the best of the best when they reach out to us for a paint job. Boomer bids out jobs by the square foot and insists on being upfront and honest, even if it means the customer would be better offer replacing a surface instead of having Boomer paint it.

When potential customers are interested in our paint services, Boomer will go out to meet with them and look at the structure or space they need painted. Boomer’s process involves removing rust if needed, power washing, priming, and painting. After Boomer provides a quote for the job, his process is to give the potential customer the time and space they need to decide. He won’t pester them over the phone or come knocking back on their door. When they decide they’re ready to move forward, he’ll be ready to add them into his schedule. Boomer’s projects include a five-year warranty and usually won’t need any repainting or touchup for another 10-15 years.

Boomer takes a simple, no-fuss approach to his work. His honesty, fairness, and quality of work say everything that needs to be said.

If you are in need of paint services, or have any related questions, 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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Is Additional Grain Storage Worth It?

Here at FS Construction Services, we have great respect for the dedicated friends, neighbors, and clients who work in the agricultural industry. Farming is a difficult, though often underappreciated job, and of course, there are never any guarantees. Farmers work hard and are often at the mercy of elements outside of their control. However, there are measures that some farmers have taken to create added flexibility and profitability to their yearly yields: adding grain storage. Is additional grain storage worth it?

 

Why You Might Need Additional Grain Storage

 

The more grain you are able to store, the more ability you have to take advantage of better prices during more in-demand times. Of course, increased grain storage has a cost, so it’s worth thinking through risk/reward of it all before making any decisions.

There are storage calculators out there that can help you work through realistic prices, historical averages, and so on, as you decide how much storage you might want to add to your site. Speaking of that, it’s no good adding more storage if you have no means of marketing your capacity. There is also the risk of waiting too long to sell. Grain won’t last forever and eventually you’ll need to move it. So taking an approach of additional storage means also bringing on the responsibility of having a good plan in place.

Another upside of adding more grain storage is that it brings generational value. It’s not likely that grain storage is going to get any cheaper in the years to come, and the bigger you build, the better value you get in your storage. So while the capability may seem absurd now, it could be the deal of a lifetime in 10 years.

There is a lot of great information out there on farmers who have gone this route and what they have learned in the process. If you do have any questions about grain storage options, or if you simply need to upgrade some old equipment, 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: 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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FSCS Painting Employee Profile: Brian “Boomer” Garleb

If you have ever needed any paint work done and reached out to us here at FS Construction Services, then you are familiar with Brian “Boomer” Garleb. As we continue our Employee Profile series, we figured we probably shouldn’t go too long without talking about Boomer and his role in FSCS painting services.

Brian Garleb: FSCS Painting Services Leader

Boomer has been a staple with us here since 1991 when he joined us as a truck driver. Towards the end of ’91 Boomer started up our paint division with a 100’ hose, a 54’ boom truck, a flatbed, a 500-gallon plastic water carrier, and one power sprayer. His first paint job was April 7, 1992, at St. John Lutheran School in Red Bud, IL.

Boomer worked hard over the next eight years to grow the services he offered, the capabilities he had, and the equipment he used. By 2001, Boomer had grown the paint division from a brand-new business of zero dollars to a Southern Illinois painting enterprise that works on interiors, exteriors, residential projects, commercial, metal roofs, metal buildings, and so on.

Today, Boomer has added some employees and seriously upgraded his equipment (more on that another month), but he still approaches each job with the same enthusiasm he brought with him over 30 years ago. Perhaps nothing says it better than Boomer’s own words, “I just wanna do a good job.”

In his spare time, Boomer likes to hunt, fish, and spend time with his son, AJ, and his wife, Susanne. Boomer and Susanne were married in 2000 because, as Boomer says, it makes doing the math of how long they’ve been married very easy. Boomer got his nickname at age four because of his boundless energy. We’re grateful that his boundless energy remains to this day. In fact, if you call our office asking for Brian, you may get a moment’s silence and then the question, “Do you mean Boomer?”

If you are in need of paint services, or have any related questions, 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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Your Commercial Garage Door Maintenance

So you’ve got a brand new garage door and you want to keep it in top working shape as long you possibly can. Or perhaps you have an older door that you’re trying to squeeze another month or year out of it before you finally upgrade. Either way, there are a handful of fairly simple things you can do to keep your garage door in good working order and prevent inconveniences, unnecessary bills, or malfunctions. Here are a few tips for your commercial garage door maintenance:

 

Commercial Garage Door Maintenance Tips

 

Cleaning

This may seem obvious or perhaps unimportant, but keeping your garage door clean can prevent buildup, mildew, and other potential issues. Mix five gallons of water with a cup of soap and gently clean your door’s exterior. You can also use this mixture to clean your door’s weather stripping.

 

Lubricating

Use a garage door-specific oil or 10W30 motor oil on your door’s rollers, roller shafts, and hinges. This will keep your rollers operating smoothly and prevent strong lurches and jolts. Nylon rollers are self-lubricated, so be sure to check if your door has those. If so, don’t lubricate them. Every couple months, you can use a silicone-based lubricant on your door’s weather stripping. Don’t use petroleum-based lubricant.

 

Balancing

To check your door’s balance, disconnect it from the operator. Raise and lower the door by hand. This way you can check the door at all levels for balance and ideal operation.

 

Inspecting

Your door’s track alignment should be at least a minimum of 3/8” from the door’s edge. While you are inspecting the track alignment, you can make sure that the back angle and sway braces are still tightened and securely fastened.

 

If you have other garage door issues or if more significant maintenance is required, be sure to call a professional to help. If you are looking to purchase a new garage door, whether for a commercial or residential application, or if you need a new 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.