Tuesday, August 7, 2007

New barn roof!

The cow barn on Howland Homestead Farm, South Kent, CT, seen from the eastOur cow barn is the third to stand on its foundation. The first survived from the early 1800's to the early 1950's, when it burned from a lightning strike. In the same decade, 1959 to be exact, it burned again at the hands of a farmhand smoking in the haymow. The first two structures were traditional post and beam, but the latest is a Gothic arch roof made with glued trusses with an entirely free span inside.
Below is a slideshow showing before, after, and during the project. Larger photos can be found here.



The cow barn on Howland Homestead Farm, South Kent, CT, seen from the westThe new roof is this barn's third. Phil re-roofed it in the winter of 1978-79, when it was owned by his parents. In the last few years, shingles had blown off in spots, and an inspection revealed that repair would be costly and not extend the roof's life enough to justify it. So a decision was made to bite the bullet and have it re-roofed. The roofing job was completed by Gary Voelpel of Voelpel Brothers Roofing in Sherman, CT. Carpentry and painting was done by Transcend Carpentry of New Milford, CT.

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