Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Standing Seam?


As caretakers of this old farmhouse, we have a sense of responsibility to ensure that this house, erected 150 years ago, remains around for another 150 or more. And when you get right down to it,  the thought of future owners cursing us because of a lack of foresight or care about this place makes me cringe and with good reason. There have been numerous days where we’ve done just that. What were they thinking is uttered around these parts on a regular basis. Not that they are anyone in particular, for even good meaning homeowners can hire someone without the proper skill or knowledge to complete a job that will uphold the test of time.  

We haven’t completed much on the outside of this old farmhouse to date, mostly because it requires more time and money than the inside but there are some items that just can’t be neglected, like the roof.  It doesn’t really matter what else you do, it’ll be all for naught if you’ve got a leaky roof. So when the Artist met a local fellow who installs steel roofing for a price comparable to shingles and we started having a leak here and there, there wasn’t much to debate.


We’re quite happy with it, it’s what I call a simple barn style roof and it suits this old farmhouse to a tee and best of all, it will outlast me. It’s not anything like that fancy schmancy steel with scalloped edging and an array of colours available to outshine the guy next door. We’re in the country, nobody notices your roof unless it’s been blown off in a windstorm. Just ask my neighbours. So last week, while our handyman was putting the finishing touches on our new roof, I came across this article over at Gardenista; it seems there’s a fancy schmancy name for our simple roof after all and it is, apparently, all the rage. So here it is, our Standing Seam roof. 


If you don't mind, I think I'll just continue to call it my barn style roof. It suits me to a tee.


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13 comments:

Sandra Morris said...

The roof looks great!

we moved into our old farmhouse 16 years ago and we are still working on it! We have a tin roof, 50 plus years old, and thankfully it is still holding up!

Flat Creek Farm said...

I ♥ your roof!!

Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

It's ok to call it a barn roof... since THAT is the exact (standing seam) kind of roof we DO have on our barn! And I think it looks fabulous too :)

~Chris

Ashling said...

Great roof....clean, fresh but old-fashioned feeling.

TexWisGirl said...

congrats! i'd love to have a metal roof on our place, but with this big, open gazebo (and no attic), i'm afraid the din would be too much on a rainy or hailing day! :)

Candy C. said...

I LOVE it! My hubby wants to get a metal roof when ours finally needs to be replaced. :)

Michelle said...

I love this roof. We have already looked at this style for our own elderly farmhouse. It will need a new roof in a couple of years.

Judy said...

Nice, that's what we just had put on our barn.

A Primitive Homestead said...

We had this put over our shingles. It has held up great and not faded. I love the sound of the rain hitting it. Like Gram and Paps old house.

GreenHomeImprovements said...

Love your "Barn" standing seam metal roof! After reading your article I thought I would suggest a helpful resource to include with the article: http://www.metalroof.us/top-60-metal-roofing-facts-consumer-purchasing-guide-2013/ - it includes a list of 70 metal roofing facts dispelling some of the myths associated with metal roofing. - it is written by an experienced installer, and could be a great source of helpful information for your readers.

Thank you and keep up your good work!

~Alex

The Chicken Mama said...

Love the roof! We just had our tar and gravel roof patched. To replace it with standing seam would have been awesome, except then we couldn't send the youngest to college! Oh well - patched tar and gravel it will be :-)

Summers Acres said...

It doesn't matter what it is called, I love it. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Harvest Hop!

Please join us again Thursday for our special edition The Thankful HomeAcre Hop at:
http://summersacres.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-thankful-homeacre-hop_21.html

~Ann

Mary June said...

Love what you did and hooray to metal roof!. Nice choice :)

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