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Building You the Best: Building Types

One thing we know very well at FS Construction Services is that every tool has its own purpose and function. And in a similar way, every building has its own purpose and function. Now often that function is multi-faceted, but that also doesn’t mean that in any situation, any kind of the several building types will do. If you are dreaming up a new building for your property or for your business, there are a number of things to consider, not the least of which is what kind of building do you actually want.

FSCS Can Help Decide Which Building Type is Best for You

Over our many years we have worked extensively with wood, steel, and pole barn/post-frame buildings. Our partners at Walters Buildings, Sukup Manufacturing, and Butler Manufacturing manufacture some of the most well-built, customizable buildings around. Meaning that we can work within your limitations to meet your needs.

When you work with us to build your dream building, you get fully-engineered structures with thick, galvanized steel support, clear, open spans if you need them, endless window and door options, and a variety of insulation options to improve your building’s thermal efficiency. From agriculture to residential to commercial to horse barns to community buildings to machine storage and pretty much everything in between, if there’s a need for it, we will work to find a way to make it happen.

Whether you choose a wood, steel, or post-frame building, you will get a strong, functional structure that has been designed to meet your needs and your budget. And perhaps most importantly, we are a community-minded business that partners with other community-minded businesses. Because at the end of the day, we know that it’s you, our clients and friends, that matter the most.

If you are thinking about a new building, or have some questions about 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.

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Withstand Extreme Weather with a Steel Building

Living in the Midwest, we at FS Construction Services are no strangers to extreme weather. Boiling hot one minute, downpouring the next, and a feeling that we’re never quite safe from the snow, our four seasons put us, and our clients, through the ringer, year after year. And while there’s no way to control, or even reliably predict it, there are ways to stay prepared for it all – rain, snow, or drought.

Steel Buildings Hold Up During All Types of Weather

Of the many types of structures we get to work with, few are as strong or as durable as a steel building. With an incredible strength-to-weight ratio, a steel building is ideally designed to withstand the ebbs and flows of extreme weather and the many inconveniences and misfortunes that can come with it. And our partners at Butler and Sukup Manufacturing have made names for themselves with their strong, customizable, multi-use steel buildings.

The materials used in a pre-engineered steel building can be rated for your area’s wind, load, and impact needs. Additionally, steel buildings have been proven to hold up better to fire and even earthquakes than other types of buildings. To stay warm, a variety of insulation types and thicknesses are available to make your space comfortable even in the coldest months. Galvanized or coated steel will not only withstand corrosion and rust, but steel isn’t susceptible to rot and pests like wood can be, meaning it’s able to hold up to forces both without and within. Extreme weather with a steel building can be withstood.

Obviously, no structure is perfect, but a steel building will get you about as prepared as you possibly can be for to weather whatever storm or stress may come. If you are interested in a steel building, or if you have any questions at all, 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: 8,640 sq. ft. of Machine Storage

At FS Construction Services, we know that sometimes you just need to store something really big without having to worry about accidentally destroying your building in the process. It’s a simple concept for sure, but building proper machine storage is no joke. Whether it’s agricultural equipment or boats or a variety of other possibilities, when it comes to machine storage, you need something that is as rugged as the machines themselves. And perhaps most importantly of all, you need something that’s big, with a wide, clear span.

Building You the Best Machine Storage

This was the case for a recent client who needed, more than anything, as much storage space as possible without much fuss. Tom Marcheski and his team stepped in and built a huge 72’ x 120’ x 16’ building with a wide-open interior for anything the client would need to store there. In order to make the structure as convenient and easy-to-maintain as possible, we also installed an extra row of splashboards, an 18-inch overhang on the left endwall, and seamless gutters. Additionally, our team put skylights into the roof for improved lighting and installed a Dripstop condensation prevention system to keep moisture from dripping down from the metal roof onto the equipment below. To make things as accessible as possible for the client, we also installed a 36’ x 16’ sliding door system, a 30’ x 16’ sliding door system, and a standard-sized door.

The importance of a building that just works can never be overstated. If you are in the market for machine or agricultural storage or any other kind of residential or commercial 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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The Best Way to Choose a Paint Color

It often feels like there are few things that can bring as much joy and frustration as a paint project. On the one hand, you have an opportunity to update and transform the look and feel of a space in a relatively inexpensive way. On the other hand, you have pretty much everything else. Whether you like painting or find it a huge hassle, there’s one thing that everyone can agree on: finding the right paint color matters. It can be pretty deflating to find out that there’s a lot more green in the gray paint you bought than you realized. Or that the blue paint you bought is way darker once it’s covering an entire wall.

Let Us Help Find the Right Paint Color

Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. At FS Construction Services, we use the X-Rite Color Matching system. And while this may just sound like a fancy name, it can actually keep you from the headache-inducing problems that go hand-in-hand with so many paint projects.

For instance, matching an exact paint color can be a nightmare, and having to look every day at something that’s close, but not quite right, is frustrating. That’s why we use a tethered spectrophotometer. Again, it sounds fancy, but this mobile tool allows us to come to you and scan any surface you like. After the scan, we are able to generate the exact color you want to match.

If you need some help deciding on accent colors or are looking for a complimentary color to what’s already in place, our Color Harmony tool can help find the optimal color to match what you have. And of course, sometimes you just need to see what it’s all going to look like before you can decide, which can obviously make deciding a difficult task. With our Home Visualizer tool, we can take an image of your space, and digitally paint it before your eyes so you can determine which color or which shade you want to go with.

With our X-Rite Color Matching system, our goal is to take the frustration, headaches, and unexpected surprises out of your painting experience.

 

If you need any color matching help, or if you are looking for someone to come and paint your space 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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Project Profile: Solving Storage Needs

It can be easy to think of a building as something immovable and permanent. And while we certainly want our buildings to feel that way, we also know that doesn’t mean that a building can’t change once it’s been constructed. At FS Construction Services, we know that things change all the time. Life circumstances, careers, storage needs, and so on. We build durable, longstanding buildings that are designed to withstand the test of time. But that’s not to say that they can never change, grow, or adapt.

Sometimes You Need a Little More Storage Space

This past October, previous clients of ours found themselves in a situation where they realized they needed just a little bit more space on a building we had previously constructed for them. Rather than tearing down a wall and starting over, Tom Marcheski and his team took a more creative, more efficient approach. They extended the building by adding a 15’ x 48’ x 9’ lean-to onto the side of it.

The lean-to was tied into the existing roofing and sided to match what came before and was engineered to be open on both ends for ease of access. This extra storage provided our clients with just the right amount of space and protection for them, without needing to create an entirely new, totally closed-off section of a building. In just a week, they had exactly what they would need to be ready for the cold months ahead.

We are big fans of problem solving and finding solutions. So whether you are looking at new construction or need to find some update or modification to an existing 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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Steel Building Maintenance Throughout the Year

A steel building, just like everything else, needs some care and attention from time to time. While they are strong and designed to stand through the decades, a little maintenance here and there will increase their longevity and keep them operational. Our partners over at Walters Buildings put together a handy guide for steel building maintenance throughout the year which we will take a look at here.
 

Steel Building Preventative Maintenance

 
Since we just flipped our calendars to July, we’re sure that you already have several annual summer maintenance projects started. Take a look at the suggestions below for your steel buildings to be sure you’re on track. And we don’t need to remind you that with the passing of the Fourth of July, fall is just around the corner. We have some fall maintenance tips as well.

Summer

  • Check for any sticky locks. If you find one, be sure to oil it. Check the bottoms of your windows for debris in their drain channels.
  • Look around your building for signs of pests like: termites, carpenter ants, hornets, wasps, and more. Inspect closely around the columns, splash boards, eaves, and any attic spaces.
  • Inspect your siding and trim for gaps, cracks, dents, and holes. If anything is need of repair, be sure to use the appropriate sealant.

Fall

  • Check your roof for broken shingles, gaps in flashing, etc. If you have a chimney, make sure it’s still secure.
  • Clean your gutters and check your downspouts for debris.
  • Inspect your foundation for cracks and look for signs of water damage. Make sure the dirt around your foundation is graded so it will drain water away from your building.
  • Trim back any plants that are growing up against your building and don’t spray any weed killer on or near steel panels.
  • Replace cracked or missing caulk and weather stripping around doors and windows and anywhere where brick and wood make contact. Check your attic’s insulation.
  • Oil door, window, and garage door hinges.

 

If you have any building questions or needs, or if you’re in need of any repair 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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Wishing You a Happy Fourth of July

We know that no one needs a reminder of how strange the past year-and-a-half has been for many people. Whether it was confusion, sorrow, sacrifice, or some combination of all of those, each of us had our lives altered in some way we probably never planned for. And yet, we still found our way forward.

FS Construction Services Celebrates the Fourth of July

This year we are looking at a Fourth of July celebration that hopefully feels different than the last. Maybe it’s more people gathered in your backyard or a trip to go see family and friends or maybe it’s just another year of learning and growing. Whatever the case, we here at FS Construction Services hope you have some time to relax and enjoy the holiday.

As always, we think about the many friends, family, and clients we have been able to work for and with over the past year. We are thankful that even in an odd year, we still had projects to work on, buildings to build, and clients to help. We are thankful that we still had the opportunity to meet new people and build new relationships.

Hopefully, you will have some time to unwind this Fourth of July, but of course, like most of you, we will be right back at it the next day. We may be in the middle of summer, but without fail, harvest and everything that comes with it, will be here before we know it.

So if you are in need of a new building, grain storage equipment, seed systems, a garage door, a new roof, or some other kind of service, 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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The Many Uses of the Humble Pole Barn

At FS Construction Services, we spend lots of time with highly-specialized equipment, like seed treaters and grain bins, which each have a pretty specific use and wouldn’t serve much purpose outside of what’s intended. And we love equipment that’s designed to do one job and do it as effectively as possible. But there’s also something exciting about building something that has two or three or four possible uses, which is one of the reasons we always enjoy talking about pole barns.

Versatile and Functional Pole Barns

Pole barns are some of the most customizable structures we get to work with. They can be used to build garages, sheds, agricultural storage, churches, auto repair buildings, horse barns, and even airplane hangars. The possibilities are really just how much someone can imagine. On top of that, our partners at Walters Buildings offer a huge variety of color options, window options, and more. A pole barn can be outfitted with a standard garage door, sliding doors for large equipment, Dutch doors, Dutch porches, or a combination of all of these.

Over the years we have built pole barns for clients that are part storage space, part recreation space, part horse stables or simply large, wide-span structures to keep agricultural equipment safe from the elements. The simple, yet dependable idea of a pole barn matched with superior materials and tried-and-true construction methods mean you can get the building you want, designed the way you want it, and you won’t have to wait around for it to happen.

If you are looking at how a pole barn might suit your needs or if you have interest in another kind of wood or steel 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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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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Project Profile: Roofing Steel

At FS Construction Services, we understand that a building is only as strong as its weakest part. Thick, steel walls may stand strong for decades, but the building won’t be very comfortable if it has a thatched roof covered in holes. That’s why we have enjoyed our partnership with Fabral so much. Their metal roofs are designed to look good and hold up far longer than traditional roof shingles.

Discover the Durability and Stability of Metal Roofs

In mid-August, Tom Marcheski and his crew traveled over to Sparta, IL to take on a 6,000 sq. ft. roofing project. Using Fabral’s 1 ½” SSR metal roofing system, they covered the building in the 24-gauge steel floating standing seam roof. This roof features a Class A fire resistance rating, a Class 4 hail impact rating, and a Class 90 Uplift test rating. In addition to its ability to stand up to impact, it also has a fastening system that allows for thermal movement and a factory-applied sealant to provide a tight, secure roof that doesn’t draft or leak. In addition to the built-in features of these particular roof panels, our team also installed a snow retention system. These snow and ice guards not only protect the roof itself, but more importantly, anyone who may be entering the building below. While our client chose black-colored panels, Fabral’s roofs come in a variety of colors, so you can always match your specific building.

In our opinion, the durability and security you get with a metal roof makes the investment worthwhile. Their strength and longevity are unmatched, and with a number of styles and colors available, you can always find the most attractive option for you.

If you are in need of a new roof and would like to consider going metal, 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.