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Old_school (Old_school)
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Post Number: 481
Registered: 01-2009
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 07:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We are working on a farm where they are erecting several of the newer fabric hoop barns. They are not cheap to build, but the roofs can be replaced in a day with no interuption at all. It just has to be very calm with no wind in sight. Totally open inside, with a lot of light and huge volume.

The guy that is building them has built some that are 150 feet wide and over 800 feet long. 70 to 80 feet tall at the apex of the curve. That is like an aircraft hanger. Nothing wrong with a slate roof, but these barns can't compete with the hoop barns for usefulness!
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Kevanos (Kevanos)
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Post Number: 11
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 04:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You might be surprised at the net-worth of many farmers, (not the hobby-farmers, of course), but it's tied up in machinery and land.

The real problem is the old barns are not near as useful anymore, and they don't know that simple repairs could really extend the life of the roof and barn.
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Braymer (Braymer)
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Posted on Friday, January 08, 2010 - 03:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Many farmers dont have the time or money to fix with slate any more so they do a temporary patch or pay for a cheap way out to just get by. That silver coating is another desparate way to buy a year or two of less leaks, but they have no idea they are destroying the roof. Many dont care because they would never have the money to properly re slate it anyway.. Still these buildings are standing now because of the slate on them installed in the first place.
Not everyone is a millionaire. Especially farmers.
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Old_school (Old_school)
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Post Number: 370
Registered: 01-2009
Posted on Tuesday, January 05, 2010 - 06:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have been on several slate roofs where they had installed asphalt shingles right over the slates. Unbelievable!
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Epl (Epl)
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Registered: 06-2009
Posted on Tuesday, January 05, 2010 - 04:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The "silver painting" maybe Allumicoat!
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Kevanos (Kevanos)
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Post Number: 10
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Tuesday, January 05, 2010 - 03:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Here are three barns that are near to me that have Slate on the roofs.
1) The first one had slate originally, and someone came along, probably to "fix" a leak, and covered it with asphalt shingles. The shingles, and underlying nail-pierced slate, are failing.
Asphalt/Slate Roof

2) The second, instead of repairing the slate, covered the area leaking, (and all surrounding slates), with sheats of corrugated metal roofing.
Sheet metal/Slate

3) The 3rd one is in need of repair. No visible damage was done to the slate, but it's interesting in that all of the slates have been painted silver... to reflect the sun's heat I suppose.Silver painted Slate

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