Six Signs You Might Need a Paint Job

istock_000003105317xsmallWe know it’s a pretty tough call to make when determining whether or not it’s time for an exterior paint job. The process alone seems somewhat daunting and deciding when to do it can be tricky. The first and sometimes toughest step of the process is simply taking the time to closely examine your building. We, at FS Painting Services, have compiled a few warning signs that indicate when your home or building is a prime candidate for a few fresh, new coats.

  1. Dry Rotting – This is usually caused by a specific species of fungi that digests parts of the wood that typically gives it its durability and overall strength. Examine your exterior boards carefully.  It may be necessary to replace some boards prior to painting.
  2. Extreme Cracking or Breakage – For any type of structure, when cracking or breaking of the base building material occurs, it’s a great indication that it’s also time for new paint.
  3. Chipping or Peeling – If you can visibly see the paint chipping or peeling from your building, it’s time to act before things get worse.
  4. Color Fading – Your building might look a bit dull and doesn’t quite stand out or carry its former healthy glow. Our variety of weather and direct sunlight will cause paint to deteriorate and fade over time.  Get your color back and protect your exterior.
  5. Your Caulk is Shot – Good quality caulking is designed to last 10 years or more.  If the caulking around doors and windows is cracked, dried and/or coming off, it’s probably time to revisit your overall exterior protection, including paint.
  6. Timing – If you can’t remember the last time you’ve painted your building or if the previous five items have you nodding in agreement, you should give us a call.

FS Painting Services will be able to assist you in all of your exterior painting needs. Now is a great time of the year to call and set up an appointment with one of our professionals before your home or building is subjected to the wide variety of fall and winter weather.

We can completely transform the look of your building with just a few coats.  Contact us at 866-551-3454 to keep your place looking great.

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Project Profile: Total Titanium

We always strive to provide our customers with a better building experience, whether it’s for a commercial, residential or agricultural structure. You can see one of our efforts in doing this with a commercial building just east of Red Bud on Highway 154.

In the fall of 2008, we teamed up with Walters Buildings and our friends at Total Titanium, a medical instrument manufacturer, to develop their brand new commercial structure. The 11,000-square-foot structure was built to accommodate their large warehouse space while also utilizing comfortable office space for their employees. In addition, we collaborated in the installation of a double dry-walled, fire-resistant inventory room to ensure security, safety and overall quality of their products.

Total Titanium was originally established in Hecker, but made the move to a larger and uniquely designed building that ultimately fit all their needs. Vice president of the company, Ron Casey, was very pleased with how things turned out.

“They did an outstanding job and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product,” Casey said. “FS Construction Services was extremely timely and we’ve had absolutely no problems with the building in the five years we’ve been in it. I’d definitely recommend them to others.”

With the elaborate design plans and direction, we were able to build exactly what they needed.  Our relationship with Walters Buildings allows us to provide our customers with top-notch design and cost-efficient construction.  Those traits put us on the same page with business owners looking for something unique and affordable.

Contact FS Construction Services today to find out how we can help you with any of your building or remodeling needs, whether they’re commercial, residential or agricultural. Call us today at 1-866-551-3454 or check us out on Facebook.

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Project Profile: Hawkins Farm

Now that most planting is (finally!) out of the way, it’s time to once again think about prepping and preparing your grain systems for fall harvest. Maintenance of your grain systems and equipment – or starting a system expansion – is something to consider while you’re combining wheat and planting double-crop beans in the coming weeks.

Summer is the perfect time for local farmers to get their grain systems ready for the biggest time of the year. One particular farm out of Valmeyer is already ahead of the game with prepping their systems that were installed by FS Construction Services.

This past September, we completed a job with Ellery and Garrett Hawkins of Hawkins Farms to build a brand new grain system for their farming and production needs. The Hawkins’ system includes a grain leg, grain drying system, handling and transfer system, and three storage bins. In addition to the system, Garrett himself decided to install a grain pit to complete the package and ensure speed, safety and ease of harvesting.

“It was great working with a co-op system such as Gateway FS. Their main objective is to satisfy their customers with the best service, equipment and products,” said Garrett, Ellery’s son.  “Overall, I was very pleased with the outcome of the job. It was exactly what I’d envisioned.”

At Gateway FS, we were also very pleased with the outcome of the project and happy to provide them with the equipment and service they needed to complete the job. FS Construction Services offers the most current grain systems technology in grain drying and aeration, grain handling and transfer, as well as grain bin storage.

We offer brands such as GSI, Lowry, Sukup, Grain Handler, Brock and more. Contact FS Construction Services today at 866-551-3454 to find out how we can help you with any of your grain system needs and how you can prepare for the upcoming harvest.


Fabral Introduces CondenStop

Earlier this year, we introduced you to a product called DRIPSTOP, which is primarily installed on new Walters Metal Buildings. DRIPSTOP helps reduce interior condensation and the associated dripping in buildings.  But what about existing structures, remodeling projects or re-roofing jobs?

That’s where our newest offering – CondenStop® – comes in handy.  Fabral Metal Roofing is proud to announce their distribution of CondenStop as part of their product line.  CondenStop and DRIPSTOP ultimately perform the same job, but are featured on different types of projects. Each product is highly successful in the overall function of eliminating unwanted condensation.


Much like the process and features of DRIPSTOP, CondenStop is a product that ends condensation while saving valuable time and money. This product effectively prevents condensation and the problems caused by condensation. CondenStop fleece absorbs, stores and releases substantial amounts of unwanted moisture when condensation would normally occur. When the temperatures of metal roofing drops below the dew point, that’s when the fleece absorbs and stores the condensing water vapor. There are endless benefits to CondenStop:

  • Eliminates condensation
  • Saves time and money
  • Protects assets and investments from unwanted moisture
  • Can be used in place of traditional vapor retarders
  • Adds to interior corrosion protection
  • Light gray color enhances the indoor look of an open framing structure roof
  • Provides an economical solution for condensation issues

CondenStop adds another great alternative to all your building needs and FS Construction Services is here to help you make the most logical and beneficial choice for your project. If you’re interested in learning more about CondenStop, contact FS Construction Services today at (866)-551-3454. We’ll be happy to help you with your project and building needs.

Project Profile: Svanda Chevrolet in Sparta

Last fall, FS Construction Services had the pleasure of subcontracting for a local construction company, Nevois Construction, on a large commercial project at Svanda Chevrolet in Sparta, Ill. Subcontracting jobs are some of our favorites because we take pride in knowing that working together will result in a job well done. The owner of Nevois Construction, Rodney Nevois, echoed our sentiment.

“We’ve always worked with FS Construction Services when it comes to overhead door work,” Nevois stated. “They’re super people and we always have a great experience working with them.”

The dealership underwent an extensive store remodel and we were fortunate enough to handle the job of installing new overhead doors and operating systems in their service department. Since we are an authorized dealer of Raynor garage doors, we provided them with door and opener products from our AlumaView, SteelForm and ControlHoist product lines. All been crafted for dependable and long-lasting performance.

We encourage contractors to contact FS Construction Services to find out how we can help you with any of your overhead door needs, whether commercial or residential. We’re always eager to lend a helping hand and subcontract any of your upcoming projects.

Goodbye, “Drip-Drop.” Hello, DRIPSTOP!

Building a brand new structure? Worried about that unwanted moisture and condensation that could very likely drip from your uninsulated metal roof? If so, you might want to explore a new and effective way to completely abolish that pesky condensation before it even occurs! DRIPSTOP is a much simpler and more economical way to help eliminate your condensation problems.


Why DRIPSTOP? And how does it work? When condensation occurs, moisture collects on the under side of the uninsulated metal roofing which causes drops of water to form and can ultimately wreak havoc on anything you have stored within your building. Roof paneling that contains the DRIPSTOP anti-condensation solution provides a medium for trapping moisture in specially designed pockets formed in the product. DRIPSTOP efficiently holds that moisture until conditions drop back below the dew point when it is released back into the air in form of normal humidity. For example, DRIPSTOP would work great for cold storage areas and/or non-heated buildings.

There are many advantages to DRIPSTOP including:

  • Savings of up to 25% versus traditional solutions
  • Durability (not susceptible to ripping, tearing or deterioration)
  • Applied to roofing panels during the roll forming process
  • Easy to clean with a hose or pressure washer.

DRIPSTOP can be used on any new suburban, commercial or agricultural Walters building project. Here are some other example areas where theDRIPSTOP anti-condensation system can help protect your investments:

  • Industrial Plants
  • Residential Buildings
  • Warehouses
  • Agricultural Buildings
  • Sport Halls
  • School Halls
  • Public Buildings
  • Self Storage
  • Garages

If you’re interested in learning more about this product, visit DRIPSTOP or contact FS Construction Services today at (866)-551-3454. We’ll be more than happy to help you with all your building needs. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook!


Winter is HERE! Energy Efficient Roofing, Anyone?

Metal RoofingChristmas is over and the new year has begun! And unfortunately, the most brutal of winter months are upon us. It’s time to bear down and focus on keeping your buildings heated and weather-proofed for Old Man Winter’s reign.

Now’s the perfect time to invest in energy-efficient metal roofing and wall systems for your suburban, commercial or agricultural buildings. Why make the investment you might ask? The benefits are endless. But, most importantly, metal roofing is resistant to cracking, shrinking and eroding, and has the ability to substantially withstand extreme weather conditions including heavy snow loads, ice and hail. Investing is a wise choice due to it being lifelong solution versus traditional roofing that has limited life expectancy. It’s perfect for every season’s weather conditions.

Did you know metal roofing is actually made up of 30-60 percent recycled material and is more durable than slate or shingle roofing? Even if removed for renovation or demolition, the materials are 100 percent recyclable. Nothing has its combination of durability, efficiency and sustainability.

Here at FS Construction Services, we offer a wide range of products and services for metal roofing and are an authorized contractor of Fabral Metal Wall and Roof Systems. Contact us today at 866-551-3454, and we’ll help you find the best fit for your roofing and siding needs.



‘Tis the Season for Purchasing Grain Systems

This may be one gift that Santa won’t be able to fit onto his sleigh, so be your own Santa this year and receive the gift farmers need…with savings! Right now, FS Construction Services has the best, inventory-reduction deals of the year on select grain systems.


This is the perfect time of the year to buy and build your high-efficient and economical grain system for next year’s harvest. Stay ahead of the game and learn about these amazing deals while you can.

FS Construction Services offers many brands of grain systems such as Sukup, Shivvers, Brock, GSI, Grain Handler, Hutchison, and Lowry. These brands and FS Construction Services are dedicated to helping you find the most innovative and cost-efficient grain systems to fit your grain storage, drying and transfer needs.

If you’re considering looking ahead and making the investment, we suggest talking with us at FS Construction Services to explore your options before the end of the year. Give us a call today at 866-551-3454, and we’ll help you find the best deal!

Raynor Introduces a Colorful New Take on Garage Doors

You’re staring at your garage door. “It could use a little something,” you think. Sure, it’s a garage door, but it serves a lot more purpose than you would imagine. Something as simple as the color and look of your garage door can completely change the entire appearance of your home or building while also complementing and accenting the other many attributes of your home or business.

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Raynor is introducing their new Opticolor factory painting program that is offered for Innovations and Traditions Lines which include Affina, Centura, Relante, Masterpiece and Showcase doors. The doors are precisely painted after the section is built, giving homeowners and business owners the exclusive ability to customize their very own garage door color. For once, YOU get the freedom to mix, mesh and experiment!

The Opticolor process applies a third layer of paint to the pre-painted and galvanized steel, adding another layer of protection to the garage door. The maximum width for an Opticolor painted door is 18′-2″. With more than 1800 new colors available, this allows the customer the ability to completely customize the color of their garage door. The full assortment of paint colors available through the Opticolor factory paint program can be found by contacting FS Construction Services. We’ll be here through your entire paint process!

Contact FS Construction Services today to receive more information on how to brighten up and color-tize your very own home or business. 

Stop the Drops!

shedIt’s that time of year.  You’re the first one in your warehouse, storage building or equipment shed and what do you find?  The morning air creates condensation that drips from the inside of your metal roof due to the falling temperatures this time of year.

Gateway FS has a solution to stop the drops.  It’s called Dripstop.  We offer this option on all of our Walters Buildings.  Dripstop is an anticondensation, self-adhesive felt applied to the metal roof panel during the roll-forming process.

The exclusive Dripstop membrane traps condensation in specially designed pockets of the material.  As conditions in the building drop below the dew point, Dripstop then releases the moisture back into the air in the form of humidity.  No more drops!

Dripstop has been used worldwide and is the best choice for controlling condensation in areas with wide seasonal temperature swings – such as ours.  Contact Gateway FS today to create a new building that’s strong, affordable, beautiful and dry (inside and out).