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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 Without the Hassle

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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Project Profile: Making a Grain Bin Taller

We know that it can be hard to deny the appeal of something brand new. Whether it’s a car or boots or a building, it’s always pretty exciting (and maybe a little stressful) to buy something new. And while many of our projects are new construction, there are also times where new isn’t always the best or most efficient option.

Efficiently Adding Height Makes Grain Bin Taller

Such was the case last summer when a client of ours found himself in need of some additional grain storage space, but didn’t want to go through the needless process of completely tearing down the still-working grain storage he already had on his property. And while it may seem overly simple to suggest that we could simply just lift off the old bin and place more grain storage rings underneath and then reattach the existing storage bin, but in broad strokes, it really was that simple. Nathan Koester and his team added three additional rings underneath the original bin and then connected them together. This allowed our client to keep his original footprint while gaining the extra bushel capacity he was looking for. In addition to upsizing the storage, we also installed another fan to increase the airflow for what will now be a larger batch of grain, ensuring that grain will stay well aerated and avoid spoiling.

It’s said that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and in this instance, we think we’ve found an agricultural building equivalent to that saying.

If you are in need of more grain storage, whether you want to upgrade what you already have or start with something brand new, 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: 6,000 Sq. Ft. of 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.

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The Right Kind of Gas for the Job

We provide a lot of services at FS Construction Services. Some of them are pretty obvious, like building construction or seed system installation. Some of them, like painting or roofing, apply to a wide range of possible applications, both big and small. However, one of our services can be a little harder to spot because, frankly, it’s invisible. Don’t let that fool you though, because it’s one of the important things we get to do.

Gateway FS Construction Services supplies the gas you need

Our partnership with Praxair allows us to supply a number of different gases for a number of different industries. Whether it’s manufacturing, chemicals, or textiles, we are able to provide oxygen, acetylene, argon, carbon dioxide, and even lesser-known gases. With our access to multiple products as well as our leasing and exchange and delivery services, you can get right down to acquiring the gas you need quickly and without a mountain of work in front of you.

While it may be a forgotten or an unusual kind of product, it’s not hard to see how going without the gas you need can have serious and far-reaching ramifications. We have done everything we can to make the process as painless and as fast as possible, ensuring that, no matter your industry, you can continue to provide the services you do without a hiccup or delay.

If you have any questions about our leasing and exchanges services, if you are curious about some of the other, less traditional gases we are able to supply, or if you have any other question related to our role as a Praxair supplier, 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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Choosing the Right Garage Door

It’s hard not to think of a garage door as something that’s purely utilitarian. And in many cases, it should be. It needs to work, and it needs to work when it’s expected to, or else you will find yourself staring at a big door that may look pleasant enough, but not actually do what you need it to do. However, thanks to our partners at Raynor Garage Doors, your residential garage doors can be both a feature and a function.

Let us help you find the right residential garage door for you

This month, we’re going to look at four of their series of residential garage doors to help you determine which one might be right for you.

Distinctions Series

Like the name says, these doors are designed to be distinct. Using high-quality material, these doors are anything but ordinary. Their custom look and varying styles allow you to find the door that matches your specific taste and style without sacrificing on quality.

Aspen Series

These steel doors come in a variety of elegant styles, with window options and woodgrain pattern finishes. But more than just a nice look, their WeatherLock section joint not only provides strength, but superb thermal efficiency, keeping your garage more comfortable, even when it’s not outside.

Traditions Series

While these steel doors may be called “traditional,” there’s nothing boring about their functionality. Their three-layer construction features thermal protection, insulation, and 2” thick door sections so your garage will stand the test of time.

Advantage Series

These steel doors are great for the homeowner who simply wants a door that keeps it simple, looks good, and opens and closes whenever they need it to. These doors come in two stylish options and are available in a variety of wind load pressure ratings to meet your needs.

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.