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.