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A Better, Faster Metal Building

Understandably, when it comes to major projects, like building a new structure from the ground up, clients want to know that corners haven’t been cut and concessions haven’t been made. At FS Construction Services, we understand the hesitation in believing in something that just sounds too good to be true. However, thanks to some very smart engineering and good planning, our partners at Butler Manufacturing have really pushed the envelope with their Tier II Classic Building System.

Build the Best with a Butler Metal Building

This metal building system isn’t just fast, but it also offers wide-ranging customizability and flexibility, allowing it to serve every function from warehouse to agricultural storage to commercial space and pretty much any other option in between. These building can be built to almost any size and scope, with a variety of structure, roof, and wall systems, as well as options for skirt walls, below-eave canopies, and adjacent units. Additionally, there is an option for pre-insulated metal panels, increasing the thermal efficiency of your building.

Of course, one of the most unique features of these buildings is just how fast they can go from idea to standing structure. Butler has worked to ensure short lead times, but more than that, all of their structures come with factory-punched roof and wall panels designed to fit together in any number of configurations. This allows for an assembly that’s 30% faster than a traditional new construction.

Our partnership with Butler has been long lasting and valuable, meaning our team knows their way around a Butler building. If you are in need of a new building, and even if you need it fast,
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 Metal Roof is the Best Kind of Weather Preparation

While it may only be September, and this year may have felt like one of the longest years many of us have ever lived through, winter will be here again, and probably well before we feel like it should be. Colder months approaching means all of the usual precautions and preparations will be needed, and the sooner those are taken care of, the fewer problems you have to think or worry about.

In particular, if you’re approaching the time for a new roof, it is most likely in your best interest to act sooner rather than later. And here at FS Construction Services, we’re big fans of metal roofs. Our partners at Fabral make some of the strongest, longest lasting roofs around. First and foremost, metal roofing doesn’t crack, shrink, or erode like traditional roof shingles do. Additionally, it’s designed to stand up to extreme weather conditions including high wind, snow, ice, and hail. On top of all of that, metal roofs can last decades longer than traditional roofs, meaning once you get one installed, you really don’t have to think about it again for a long, long time.

However, one thing many people might not think about when it comes to the benefits of metal roofs is their thermal efficiency. On top of the tight seals that can be achieved with a metal roof, there are a number of insulation options that further increase the roof’s ability to keep cold out and hold heat in.

If you are interested in a metal roof for your residentialcommercial, 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.

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Preventing Winter Emergencies with Fall Maintenance

With the days already getting shorter and (occasionally) cooler, as sudden as ever, summer is has ended and fall has begun. And while there’s always the hope of a couple of calm, temperate autumn months, winter usually shows up sooner than anyone wants. It’s all too easy to overestimate the amount of time you have left until the real cold starts and all too common to leave winter-preparation maintenance tasks undone once it does.

It really doesn’t take long to come up with around-the-house work to do before winter:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Seal gaps and cracks in windows and doors
  • Repair damaged or corroded roof shingles and flashing
  • Drain outdoor faucets, hoses, and irrigation systems
  • Inspect heating systems and furnaces, cleaning and replacing filters when necessary
  • Have all gas equipment inspected
  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

And of course, this list could go on and on. The truth is that any of the aforementioned residential maintenance projects also apply to agricultural and commercial properties as well, albeit usually with a lot more time and effort involved. Grain bins, seed systems, storage sheds, post-frame buildings, and more, all need the same kind of attention and work to ensure they not only last the winter months, but are ready for use come spring as well. We all know winter is hard on buildings, and even small things like trapped water or gaps along windows can wreak havoc if not tended to.

If you are in need of some help getting your grain storage or transfer equipment, buildings, seed systems, or more ready for the months to come, 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: Metal Roof Does What Traditional Roof Couldn’t

At FS Construction Services, we’re no strangers to the benefits of metal roofs. And while we fully understand that the upfront cost of a metal roof may seem like a big pill to swallow, the long-term benefits are many and, we emphasize, looooong term.

This has perhaps been no more apparent than with a recent client project we worked with earlier in the year, who had a barn with a roof in need of replacing. The price of traditional shingles makes them a hard temptation to pass on, we get that, and they have worked well for many people for a long time now. Unfortunately for our client, the traditional shingles they had a contractor install just weren’t up to the task, and they began leaking shortly thereafter. Rather than double down on traditional roofing shingles, they contacted FS Construction Services to put a stop to her leaky roof.

Using lifts because of the steep-pitched roof, Tom Marcheski and his team installed a 26-gauge steel Fabral Horizon S Series roof on the structure. This 40’ x 48’ x 18’ standing seam roof features a Class A fire resistance rating, a Class 4 hail impact resistance, a Class 90 uplift test rating, and, maybe most importantly, thanks to a factory-applied sealant and proper installation, a Leak Free rating. Additionally, this roof, with its standing shadow lines and attractive color options, looks really good on its new home. And, thanks to the durability and rot resistance of metal roofs, it will continue to look good for upwards of 60-70 years.

If you’re in need of an attractive, long-lasting, and weatherproof roof, whether for a residential, commercial, or agricultural 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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Buildings: Medium-Sized Storage Buildings (and Why You Need One)

The word “storage” can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and the level of anxiety you feel when you hear that word will depend on which type of person you are. But the fact remains, whether you need a little bit of it or a lot of it, almost everyone has some kind of storage need in their life. While some things, like baseball cards, are pretty easy to store, other things, like lawnmowers, campers, ATV’s, boats, or your prized vintage muscle car can be a bit more difficult.

Post-Frame Buildings or Pole Barns

Here at FS Construction Services, we understand the dilemma, and we’re here to help. There are a seemingly infinite number of storage options and buildings, so we’ve done our best to break them down into three broad categories: small, medium, and large. Today, we’re going to talk about medium-sized storage buildings.

The most common of these you’ll come across is the post-frame building (or, as it’s often called, the pole barn). They are versatile and cost effective but most importantly, they can be designed to meet your needs and store almost anything you can think of.

Surely you have seen different shapes and sizes, but the general features remain the same: wood construction with steel siding. However, for the FS Construction Services team of building professionals, that is just the start to providing you a great, medium sized storage building. With patented STP (Shear Transfer Plate) columns that provide incredible load carrying capacity, multiple color, window, door, porch, wainscotings and roof options, your finished project can look exactly as you envision.

One of the great benefits of this type of building is just how versatile and customizable they are. Usually varying from 30-70’ in width and length, these multi-purpose buildings are sometimes used as garages, storage buildings, workshops, leisure space, or some combination of all of them. Additionally, thanks to our partners at Walters Buildings, we can also construct actual storage units. Again, these are highly customizable buildings that can be built to fit specific needs and purposes.

With any of these types of buildings, a variety of insulating materials and weather protection can be added to increase comfort and the safety of what’s inside. If you are in need of any kind of storage 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: Preserving History on the Mississippi

Every once in a while, a project comes along that is so exciting and interesting, just getting to work on it feels like a privilege. At FS Construction Services we have occasionally had the pleasure of getting the chance to restore or preserve some history, which is always fun, because those projects carry a little extra meaning. This past year, we had the opportunity to work on a building going on 90 years old, and bring something from the brink of disrepair into something useful and beautiful.

Back in 1930, this barn was built by hand in St. Genevieve, MO, just west of the Mississippi River.

As of April 2018, the structure was still standing, but it was in need of some serious repairs. Rather than demolish the building and start again, our client allowed us to come and perform a complete update, re-covering the entire barn with Fabral’s Grandrib 3 Plus panels. These galvanized-steel panels bring some serious durability with Class A fire resistance, Class 4 impact resistance, and Class 90 uplift rating, in addition to heavy-duty snow load ratings. The total installation covered two buildings, one at 46’ x 18’ x 13’6” and the other at 17’ x 46’ x 8’.

By installing these thicker, metal panels, we have not only been able to preserve this history for the present, but for the future as well. Tom Marcheski and his team had plenty of time to think this over as they rode the ferry over to the jobsite every day. St. Genevieve has the distinction of being the oldest permanent European settlement in Missouri, and now, thanks to a willing client and our expert team, the hog barn remains a standing part of that history.

Whether you are in need of updating an old structure or building an entirely new one, 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: Extreme Pole Barn Makeover

Sometimes the best projects just can’t get off the ground for one reason or another. It may be a money or material shortage, it may be a functionality issue, or, in the case of this project, it may be an issue with city ordinances. Our client initially wanted to build a new pole barn, but because of city laws, was in a position where he could only remodel an existing structure, not tear down and rebuild one.

Complete Pole Barn Remodel

Luckily, we’ve seen it all at FS Construction Services, and we value flexibility. To give our client the building he wanted, Tom Marcheski and his team went to work on the existing 40’ x 43’ x 10’ pole structure so our client could enjoy the rest of his summer with his “new” old building.

When we say complete remodel, we mean it. Our team added new metal walls with wainscoting, a new roof, built a cupola, removed a slider, installed 2” vinyl backed insulation and CondenStop to prevent condensation, and finally we added seamless gutters to ensure the building would hold up in any kind of weather. By the time our team was finished, it was hard to tell that the beautiful new building had older bones.

Any project brings its share of challenges, sometimes they’re bigger than others, but we believe there’s always a solution to be found through our skilled experts and construction partners. Our job is to make sure that the structure or equipment our clients end up with matches the structure or equipment they paid for, even if it means getting creative.

If you are looking for a new pole barn or any other kind of building, or if you are in need of some remodeling to update an existing 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.

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Project Profile: 48’ x 56’ Dual-Purpose Building

At FS Construction Services, we understand the necessity of being versatile. In many ways, a willingness to be versatile is what has allowed us to keep growing and serving our community for over 40 years. So we enjoy every chance we get to help someone else find and utilize every ounce of potential and functionality that their new structure or equipment offers.

This was exactly the case when a client wanted to make the most out of their new Walters building. This highly functional structure, which was placed on a pre-existing concrete slab, would not only serve as much needed storage space, but it would also double as the site of our client’s waterjet cutting and metal fabrication business. The 48’ x 56’ x 12’ building’s size and durability will help our client’s business to grow while still providing its function as a storage unit. We also installed a 10’ x 10’ Raynor ShowCase garage door which will allow our client to get plenty of material in and out of the building. Offering more than just size though, the garage door is steel backed and features thick insulation to increase thermal efficiency and prevent drafts and moisture.

This particular project was completed in just 10 days and met all the features and benefits that we emphasize on each of our construction projects. Recently, we got the chance to work with this client again recently when they decided to make modifications and functional updates. These changes allowed us to meet the client’s needs by installing three more 40” x 30” windows on the building, increasing the structure’s overall light intake and further reducing utility costs.

Whether you are looking to build a new building or improve upon an existing structure, let Gateway FS Construction Services know. With both steel and wood buildings for a wide variety of commercial, residential, and agricultural applications, we are happy to help our clients find the best possible building for their needs. 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.

Metal Roofing & Siding Benefits

Installing a metal roof and siding can be the attractive and economical solution to your problem when frustrated with the constant maintenance of your traditional roof and siding.

FS Construction Services offers a wide range of products and services for metal roofing and siding, and we are an Authorized Contractor of Fabral Metal Wall and Roof Systems. But before you make the transition from asphalt to metal, you’re probably wondering, “Why?”

Here are the most common benefits that we share with our customers interested in making the switch.

1. Energy Star Tax Credit: You can actually save money by installing Energy Star approved metal roofing products by Fabral. In 2011, the government issued tax credits up to $500 or 10% of materials used. FS Construction Services can walk you through the process.


2. Lifetime: With life expectancies of more than 30 years, installing a metal roof and siding may mean it is the very last roof you’ll ever need to put on your home or business. Colors do not fade and materials do not rust.

3. Color Visualizer: Choosing the color specifications of your roofing and siding couldn’t be easier with the Color Visualizer. Use the basic visualizer or upload a photo of your actual home or business for exact matching. Plus, you can see which Energy Star colors can be applied for credit.

4. Solar Savings: FS Construction Services can work to achieve Fabral’s solar roofing system for you as well so you can maximize your energy costs and see an ROI in just ten years.

5. Step-by-Step: Curious about what it takes to achieve a metal roof or siding? We have the step-by-step guide when it comes to installing the panels to your structure. So you’re in the know – the entire way through.

If you still have additional questions or are looking to explore your options, give us a call at 866-551-3454. In the mean time, check out examples of FS Construction Services’ work in our Metal Roofing and Siding section.