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Six Signs It’s Time to Update That Old Paint

For many people, painting is like a trip to the dentist. You know it needs to be done, you know it will be good for you in the long run, and yet you just don’t really feel like doing it. Some paint jobs have the added complexity of hard-to-reach places, lots of surface area to cover, or simply too much time negotiating a ladder. And yet despite all the work, eventually, it will need to be done. Because it’s a task that can require a lot of up-front effort, it’s one of those things that’s easy to put on hold, but holding out too long can cause long-term trouble. So we thought we would point out some signs that it’s time to finally update that old paint.

  1. Dry rot. Dry rot is caused by fungi that essentially eat away at wood, causing a loss in durability and strength. There are many types of protective paint that can be applied to protect your exterior wood to prevent this from happening.
  2. Cracking or breaking. When cracking or breaking of the base material is visible at the bottom of a structure, apart from being a sign of some other issues, it’s also a sign that it’s time to apply some new paint.
  3. Chipping or peeling. This one’s pretty obvious, but chipped or peeling paint is no good. Especially when it comes to outdoor structures, the more paint that chips away, the more exposed the material is to weathering and degradation.
  4. Color fading. It’s easy to forget just what color something used to be until you see it compared to its old self. Sunlight and a well-defined four seasons will slowly dull the color of your paint over time.
  5. Cracked or dried caulk. High-quality caulking is made to last ten years. If the caulking around doors and windows is starting to crack, dry, or peel, it could be a sign it’s time to also revisit the paint as well.
  6. If you have no idea when your structure was last painted, then it might be time to give it some fresh paint.

If you have an overdue paint job and don’t have the time, equipment, or desire to tackle it yourself, please 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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Surface Prep to Avoid Painting Disaster

A fresh of coat of paint is one of the fastest ways to make something look brand new. Unfortunately, a poorly applied fresh coat of paint is one of the fastest ways to be disappointed. Lots of things can go wrong during the painting process and any one of them can ruin your hard work.

FS Construction Service’s resident paint expert Brian Garleb has provided some helpful tips about how proper surface preparation can prevent a whole host of headaches and wasted effort.

First off, painting after wallpaper removal. Removing wallpaper can be a chore, and it can cause damage to drywall that makes painting after a tricky process. Luckily, there’s a solution. Rather than painting over the damaged drywall and hoping for the best, applying a problem sealer coating can lock down the torn drywall or other unstable surfaces like crumbling textures by creating a hard, moisture-resistant foundation that won’t bubble. Damaged drywall should be clean, dry, and free of buildup or leftover wallpaper adhesive before applying the sealer. After the sealer has been applied, the wall can be painted.

Next is the trouble of peeling paint. Peeling paint can be sanded and scraped, but if you’re painting an outdoor surface, peeling paint tends to be a problem that takes more than just a little scraping. Instead, let a power washer do the removal for you. At the right pressure and the right distance, a power washer will remove peeling paint without damaging the surface underneath. After the old paint has been removed, apply a clear building sealer to fill cracks and glue down blistered areas. A sealer can act like a primer, so when it’s dried, it can be safely painted over.

Painting is always simple in theory and nuanced in practice. If you have any questions about painting or need someone to tackle a difficult or timely job, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. We can even match your current color using X-Rite Color Matching. 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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Finding the Celebration this Fourth of July

It’s no stretch to say that this year has been unlike any other that has come before. For many, it has been difficult, stressful, and if nothing else, strange. For many, it has been a time of waiting, and counting the days until it might all be past. But in the midst of all that waiting, life continues to move forward, including the Fourth of July, and we move with it.

Holidays are often times to slow down, take stock, and consider the previous year. It’s easy to imagine that many of us will be doing that this year, whether we are with family, friends, or by ourselves. There will be a lot to think about, perhaps most of all, how much everything has changed. And yet, despite the year’s struggles, despite the new rules and disruptions that have been added to our daily lives, despite the pain you or your loved ones may have gone through in the process, we hope that there will still be some cause for celebration. Even if it’s a different kind of celebration than we’re used to.

At FS Construction Services, we are grateful for the family, friends, and clients we get to live with, work with, and serve alongside every day. We celebrate the time that we have had and we celebrate the time that we will have. We know with some strength and some grit we will persevere and see better days. And we believe that too is a cause for celebration.

As always, you can reach out to us for any buildinggrain systemseed systemroofinggarage door, or other service needs. We are always happy to work with our clients on finding the best possible solutions, whether it’s a complex job or a simple task, and we’re happy to answer questions and troubleshoot problems when they arise. Please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services. 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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5 Common Paint Problems and How to Fix Them

It’s incredible what a fresh coat of paint can do to a space: liven it up, make it seem bigger, highlight best features, etc. With that being said, there a number of small problems that can derail an otherwise professional-looking paint project.

Brian “Boomer” Garleb, Paint Services Specialist at FS Construction Services, has put together a list of five common paint problems (and their solutions) to watch out for when painting a new space.

  1. Fish eyes. Fish eyes happen when paint is applied over oil, dirt, silicone, or other incompatible coatings. These small, crater-like imperfections can be frustrating, but their fix is pretty straightforward. Before painting, use a cleaning solution to clear away any grease or oil stains. The best available solutions are bleach, paint thinners, and trisodium phosphate (TSP). After the area has been cleaned, it can be sanded and painted.
  2. Cratering/pitting. This happens when air pockets get trapped in wet film. The best fix is to sand down or smooth out the current finish and then apply a second coat.
  3. Uneven gloss. Uneven gloss can happen a few different ways: when film thickness is not of equal parts, when there is moisture in the coating, or when paint is applied over a primer that hasn’t fully dried. The fix for this problem is simply, patience. It’s tempting to try and rush a paint job to be done with it, but everything must be allowed to properly dry before painting over.
  4. Fading color. When moisture gets trapped behind paint, it usually causes the paint to fade. The solution to this problem is in the kind of paint you buy. Purchasing paint with a powder tint, rather than a liquid tint will prevent this issue from occurring.
  5. Paint wrinkling. Paint wrinkling happens when too much paint is applied. If this has happened, the too-thick coat will need to be removed and then painted again with the proper amount of paint.

Painting is not only a detail-oriented process, but also one that many people would rather finish as quickly as possible. A little bit of patience and extra attention can solve most issues you would run into while painting, however, if you are interested in our painting services, or would like a free estimate, 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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County Fair Season in Full Swing

At FS Construction Services we always love it when July comes around because it’s county fair month. Few things feel like summer more than the music, food, games, and entertainment of a county fair. Much of our work, whether it’s buildings, grain systems, seed system or more, takes place in the world of agriculture, and it’s always great to see that world opened up for and enjoyed by the many guests of these fairs. Lucky for us, where we’re located, we have the benefit of having two close by.

The first one is the Randolph County Fair, which takes place from July 12 to July 20 in Sparta. Traditionally, this fair features a variety of food, 4H shows, animal judging, and a tractor and truck pull.

The next week, the Monroe County Fair in begins in Waterloo. From July 21 to July 28 you’ll be able to enjoy all the carnival-type games, foods, and rides that you would expect as well as rooster crowing contests, demolition derby, figure 8, horse shows, and more. The 72nd year of this great event is sure to bring the same joy and fun it always has. Additionally, the Monroe County Fair features a few free admission nights, so anyone can come and have a great time.

To read more about this year’s Monroe County Fair you can visit monroecounty-fair.org and to read about last year’s Randolph County Fair you can visit here.

As always, you can reach out to us for any building, grain system, seed system, roofing, garage door, or other service needs. We are always happy to work with our clients on finding the best possible solutions, whether it’s a complex job or a simple task, and we’re happy to answer questions and troubleshoot problems when they arise.

We invite you to contact us today at Gateway FS Construction Services and experience the value, quality and service you deserve. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

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Hassle-Free Painting With FS Construction Services

Over the years we’ve found that many people have had an experience that goes something like this: You decide its finally time to paint but realize you don’t have the time, patience or skill to make your new home maker look like it could be a featured product on those home makeover / fixer upper programs on TV! Not to worry.

Whether you’re looking for professional painters to do a job you simply don’t have the time or energy for, or it’s a job that’s too difficult or complicated, FS Construction Services has you covered. Interior, exterior, big, small, our paint specialists can handle all kinds of jobs.

Recently, Brian “Boomer” Garleb came to the rescue of a family who knew what they wanted but wanted to make sure it was done right. While some projects are only room or two, this project was much more involved and included a family room (with a 22’ vaulted ceiling), foyer, kitchen, two hallways and laundry room.

In the client’s own words, the experience was as simple as this, “We reached out to Boomer and he came by the house to look at the rooms we wanted done and provide a quote. He even helped us figure out how much paint we needed to buy. They showed up with all the tools, brushes, drop cloths, tape, and everything needed to get the project started.” One of the many benefits of hiring the FS Paint Service paint team is the experience they bring to every project.

“Honestly, we couldn’t be more pleased with the work. They finished on schedule and even a little under the quote they provided. Now we can get back to enjoying our home and we are loving it.” The home owner even told us, “This would have taken me WAY longer to complete and wouldn’t have looked nearly as good as what Brian and his crew did.”

With FS Construction Service’s paint services, painting never has to be complicated again. If you are in need of a fresh coat of paint, whether interior or exterior, residential or commercial, 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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2 Keys To A Paint Project That Stands The Test Of Time

Paint is a funny thing. When it’s done well, it’s one of the easiest things in the world to ignore. But when it’s done poorly, or when it’s in need of some serious updating, it makes even the nicest buildings look unsightly, old, and ugly. We know how tempting it can be to want to finish a paint job quickly, which can lead to improper prep work and ultimately, shortened paint longevity.

Our paint team at FS Construction Services understands exactly what a good paint job can do, which is why we take great pride in making sure every paint project we complete is handled with the greatest care and attention to detail. The first key to a print project that stands the test of time is ensuring prep work is done properly. Our prep work involves scraping existing paint, power washing, using a cleaner like TSP or chalk remover, and applying a primer. We’ve always believed that primer is the key, not only providing adhesion for the top coat, but providing overall protection for your building.

We know how easy a great paint job is to overlook. We also know just how much of a difference it can make when it’s done well, especially in ways that can’t be seen. This leads us to the second key factor to ensuring your paint project looks great for years to come, a team of experienced professionals with a dedication to detail and quality. Over the past year, our paint team has been hard at work on the 60+ projects. From sheds to grain bins to roofs to trim to entire homes and buildings, we have had great support and feedback from the communities we serve. We appreciate your trust and know none of this happens without you.

Brian “Boomer” Garleb and the team of paint professionals are thankful to all of you who have trusted your special projects to our team over the years. 2018 was a great year and are looking forward to the many opportunities and challenges 2019 will bring.

So, if you have outdoor structures that could use a touch up, whether they are residential, commercial, or agricultural, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists provide you with a free estimate and help you achieve the fresh new look your project deserves. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Gateway FS Receives Top 10 Award for Paint Services

At FS Construction Services, we always enjoy an opportunity to shout out friends, neighbors, and clients who have been doing a great job in their respective fields. This time, however, it is one of our very own who we are excited to give some much-deserved congratulations to: Brian “Boomer” Garleb, our Paint Services professional.

Recently, Gateway FS received the Top 10 Award for Outstanding Sales and Promotion of FS Quality Paints. Each year, Growmark presents this award to the top ten paint departments with the highest sales in the FS system. This award shows just how important Brian’s hard work and dedication have been to our team, and we were thrilled to accept it.

Our paint services team is ready to provide answers and take on your project and we are happy to provide advice as well as a free estimate on your individual project.

If you have a paint project that’s too big, too hard to reach, requires exact color matching, or just have a few questions about best paint practices, 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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5 Common Paint Problems and Their Quick Fixes

Summer is a great time to finally get around to all the paint projects that have been building up over the year. With this in mind, our paint expert, Brian “Boomer” Garleb has come up with his top five problems that most paint projects will run into at some point and how to fix them.

  1. Fish eyes: Fish eyes occur when paint has been applied over oil, dirt, silicone, or incompatible coatings. Luckily, fish eyes are an easy fix. First, you’ll need to remove the grease or oil stain with a cleaning solution. Usually bleach, paint thinner, or trisodium phosphate (TSP) will work. After the area has been cleaned, the area can be sanded down.
  2. Cratering/Pitting: Another common problem is cratering or pitting. This occurs when air pockets get trapped inside wet film. The solution, however, is easy enough, and just involves sanding or smoothing out the existing finish and applying another coat over the sanded area.
  3. Uneven gloss: Uneven gloss is when film thickness is not equal, when there’s moisture in the coating, or when a topcoat is applied over wet primer. Solving this problem simply means allowing more drying time.
  4. Fading paint: Moisture trapped behind paint is more likely to cause paint to fade. Purchasing paint already colored for factory, which has a powder tint rather than a liquid tint, is an easy way to fix this common problem.
  5. Paint wrinkling: This happens when too much paint is applied. To fix it, remove the bad paint and recoat the affected area.

So there you have it, five common problems and five simple solutions. If you ever have a paint project or other service projects you don’t feel up to tackling, 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: Painting for the Police and Fire Departments

Some people choose to tackle painting projects themselves, and we understand why. However, there are cases where people don’t have the time, or the tools needed, to apply that fresh coat of paint. A good paint job goes a long way to improving the look of a building, even if it’s not the sort of building you might think about needing to be painted.

Our most recent paint job at FS Construction Services was painting the Valmeyer Emergency Services buildings, which include the police and fire department buildings. Paint Services expert, Brian “Boomer” Garleb, was our man on the project. The first step was to patch the cracks and the holes left from lots of nails over the years. Once this was done, Brian and his team could start painting, which sounds easy, but becomes a little more complicated when dealing with 20 ft. ceilings. Using a lift to reach the highest places, they made quick work of the interior of both buildings, covering them in a quality, neutral-tone semi-gloss paint. Our paint team always uses high-quality rollers and brushes and always lays drop cloths to make sure the only paint that stays is the paint that’s meant to. After just over three days, Brian and his team had finished, and the Valmeyer police and fire departments had fresh looking offices again.

If you are in need of paint services, interior or exterior, easy or hard-to-reach, 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.