Barn Restoration

by Dan
(Clayton, MI)

Coragated Ondura Roofing on one of our kits

Coragated Ondura Roofing on one of our kits

Hello,
We just recently acquired an old farm house complete with a large, beautiful barn that has sadly seen neglect as many unfortunate Michigan barns have.

Really, the only part that is an immediate hurry in terms of saving it is the roof. The poor soul has only been roofed twice in its entire life and now is facing holes in the ceiling and rotted joists.

Now, my question is, is there any way that we can just purchase the roof parts of a kit?

Or do you have any other recommendations on a way to repair it without losing our new house to financial ruin?
Thank you,

Dan

Hi Dan,

What a great question!

Your right, sadly a lot of old barns have been sorely neglected. Your situation is one that I see all the time. This is part of the reason that we started making the post and beam barn kits.

You can use some of the materials that go into our kits for repairing your barn in an economical way.

For example, you have a tie beam that has rotted and broken in two. The constant water running in from a leaky roof has deteriorated that beam and weakened it.

We have a solution for that. With a few of our T plates and a replacement beam you can make the repairs yourself.

Or at least a good contractor can. No need to hire a timber frame specialist. A local carpenter can handle the job just fine.

We can also supply you with replacement rafters and roof sheathing boards. They are authentic materials (all rough cut full dimension) so you don't have to wonder if the boards and beams are going to fit properly.

But what about the roof material itself?

I searched and searched for a good economical roofing material that could go on old barns without having to do a lot of reinforcement to support the extra weight.

I am proud to say that I finally found the perfect roofing for old barns.

It is Ondura and it comes standard with all of our barn kits. Or you can order just roofing for your old barn.

It is perfect for an old barn restoration because it is light weight (only 18 lbs per sheet). You wont have to restructure your barn to accommodate another layer of heavy shingles.

It can go over most any old roofing. So there is no need to dispose of the old shingles. This saves you money and keeps waste out of the landfills.

It has a lifetime warranty so you never have to worry about climbing up on that tall barn roof again.

One or two people can handle the installation. It goes up fast too. This spring myself and another guy put a roof on a 24x32 wood garage and it only took us about 4 hours start to finish.

Its corrugated so it has that authentic old barn look to it.

And if that weren't enough it is made from 50% recycled materials!

Also it is made out of fiberized asphalt so it is quieter than metal roofing. If you would like to know more about Ondura you can visit their website its www.ondura.com

Then give us a call 989-235-1200 and we will do our best to help you with your barn restoration project.

We would be happy to supply you all the materials you need to restore your barn.

Thank You
Aaron Esch
The Barn Geek

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask the Barn Geek.


How to build the 20x30 sugar Shack for under $12k!  


Recent Articles

  1. Old 23x24 Granary--Cross Junction, VA

    Jan 09, 19 05:59 PM

    Wooden granary built in early 1900's. Tear down and take away. Best offer. Contact Roger at 540-667-5206 or email: [email protected]

    Read More

  2. 40'x68' Stoomps Barn Frame - Ohio

    Jan 02, 19 04:34 PM

    This historic barn frame, circa early 1860’s measures 40’ wide x 68’ length. It is clearly English bank barn style built barn in the basement area, but

    Read More

  3. 30'x50' Tyson Barn Frame - Ohio

    Jan 02, 19 04:33 PM

    This historic barn frame, circa late 1850’s and is pristine condition. Measuring 30’x50’ , this is the perfect size for a repurposed barn frame retirement

    Read More

  4. Old barn for sale- Meriden, CT

    Jan 02, 19 04:32 PM

    Old barn for sale located in Meriden, Connecticut. Terms negotiable. Please call 203-237-5397 ext. 1 for more information.

    Read More

  5. 40'x60' White Barn Frame - Ohio

    Jan 02, 19 04:27 PM

    This barn frame circa early 1850’s is being sold as a 40’x60’ frame. Heavy hewn timbers were used in this frame construction. Bent layout is (3) 20’ bays.

    Read More

  6. 30’x64’ Wasserman Barn Frame - Ohio

    Jan 02, 19 04:26 PM

    This barn frame, measuring 30’ wide x64’ long with an attached 16’x38’ tee addition was built by the same master barn builder about 15 years apart. The

    Read More

  7. Old Historic 1850+ English Barn w/Gable Roof - Ottawa Lake, MI

    Dec 26, 18 12:04 PM

    Old Historic 1850+ English Barn w/ Gable Roof This barn is 60'x40' with 4 bays and a queen truss design. The beams are all rough sawn and in excellent

    Read More

  8. Circa 1850 Barn - Flora, IN

    Nov 30, 18 09:53 AM

    Circa 1850’s Barn Timber frame barn, 48’ x 60’ with 10 x 10 hand hewn beams. Hand crafted from Indiana Hardwoods, this 2,880 SF frame is absolutely amazing

    Read More

  9. The Richey Barn (Late 1800's) - Flora, IN

    Nov 30, 18 09:46 AM

    Richey Barn—Late 1800’s Timber frame barn with hand hewn beams, 30’ x 44’. Height to eaves is 13’ and height to the peak from the barn floor is 30’.

    Read More

  10. Old 1850's Barn - Galesburg, IL

    Nov 27, 18 12:21 PM

    This old barn dates back to the 1850's. It is approximately 70' x 35' with 15' tall walls. A little over half of the barn has a 2nd floor/loft. The main

    Read More

  11. 50x70x35 Tennessee Barn for Sale

    Nov 12, 18 07:17 PM

    My father was told by his parents it was built around 1903. It is in good condition. It was built on a cut stone foundation. It has walnut square poles.

    Read More

  12. Two 1800s Timber Frame Barns - Leeds, NY

    Nov 02, 18 03:45 PM

    Two 1800s timber-frame barns, both in excellent condition, clad in aluminum siding since 1967. Both with hand-hewn members of hemlock, pine, oak, and

    Read More

  13. 30x50 Century Old Barn - Branch County MI

    Nov 02, 18 11:43 AM

    Barn needs to be dismantled, good quantity of reclaimable wood,hand hewn beams, 3 inch tongue in groove siding Terms negotiable If interested please email

    Read More

  14. 40x36 1900's barn - La Jose, PA 15753

    Oct 15, 18 12:37 PM

    Court house records back to 1900 and states barn was newly erected, hand hewn, pinned joints never been painted good roofs over the 90 some years of family

    Read More

  15. 1900 barn for sale , Amelia OH

    Oct 02, 18 04:03 PM

    1900 (according to county records) barn for sale for wood. 30 ft by 33 ft with hay loft, tin roof. Wood planks are vertical 1'' thick 12 '' wide about

    Read More