Farmhouse Style Tips

With the rise in popularity of shows such as Fixer Upper with Joanna and Chip Gaines, and more people realizing the value of antiques and styles of days past, so the farmhouse has begun to see a comeback as the preferred architectural style of many people.  This style of house is an all-American classic which can be found sitting alone upon acres and acres of land, or in the suburbs surrounded by other houses, cars, and people.

Curb appeal is an important aspect of every home.  If you’re trying to sell a house, this is the first thing that potential home buyers will notice about the property.  If you have no plans to go anywhere, this is what your neighbors and friends see, a first impression of your home, style, and life.

Here are a few of our favorite tips for maximizing the curb appeal of your farmhouse:

  1. Classic doorknobs and hardware.

Dark, heavy, quality hardware is something that all farmhouses usually have for their doors, mailboxes, and other odd bits of metal.

  1. Front porch seating area.

Rocking chairs are a staple of farmhouse front porches, a porch swing can also be used in lieu of or in addition to rockers.

  1. Front porch.

Speaking of front porch seating options, does your house have a front porch, or does that front porch need a bit of repair?  Adding on a porch to your home isn’t as difficult as it may sound.  A wraparound porch is an especially classic look.

  1. Consider a fresh coat of paint in a gorgeous farmhouse appropriate shade.

Paint can dress up any home and some of the best colors that we’ve found are: barn red, or buttermilk both of which are classic with white trim.  Or try classic white with a dark trim.

  1. Standing-seam metal roof.

This will give you a classic but modern look for your farmhouse and will last quite a bit longer than the traditional shingle.

  1. New fence.

Consider adding or updating your house with a new fence.  A white picket or split-rail fence are both appropriate for a farmhouse.

The Average Cost of Replacing a Roof

As a homeowner, replacing the roof on your home can be one of the most expensive upgrades that you will make over the course of your owning a home.

What determines the price of a roof?

The type of roofing material is a large part of the cost of your roof, but the size, accessibility, pitch, roof height, removal of the old roof, as well as other factors are also used when calculating the cost.

On average, the price of a new roof can run anywhere from $4500 all the way up to $50,000 or more for high end roofs.

Most roofers charge by the roofing square, this is equal to 100 square feet (a 10 by 10 foot area).

Why does the roof pitch affect the price of a new roof?

The slope or pitch of your roof affects the price because this dictates how easy it is for the roofers to work on your roof.  Will they need a harness because of the steep pitch?  Or does your roof have a gentle slope which allows for them stack materials directly on the roof and work without a lot of safety equipment.

Why does accessibility matter?

This is a part of labor costs that many people don’t think about, if roofers can drive a truck loaded with materials directly beside the house, then loading and unloading just got a lot easier.  But if a lot of their time is spent carrying materials, supplies, and tools back and forth from the truck, you will see this reflected in the cost of the roof.

Roofing materials also determine the price

We have a couple of articles that you might want to read about the different types of roofs to consider:

Tile Roofing

Metal Roofing

Shingle Roofing

Green Roofs

Other costs to keep in mind

If you’re replacing a roof with damage from hail, water, or other things, remember that the damage might go further than you think.  After the old roof has come off, the roofers might find other damage that will need to be addressed before the new roof can go on.  Plan your budget accordingly.

Standing Seam Metal Roof

Commonly agreed on by architects as THE best roofing available, the standing seam metal roof is worth considering for your custom home.  Here’s some basic information to help you get started.

What is it?

A standing seam metal roof comprises metal panels running from the roof top to the eaves of the house.  Every panel is made with ribs along each side, these fit into the corresponding panels on each side which effectively hides the fastenings but also creates the signature raised seams running from the top to the bottom of the roof.  The metal used to make these roofs is typically aluminum, copper, and steel, with the most expensive of these being coper.  While the standing seam metal roof seems to have popped up out of nowhere, it has actually been around since the mid-1700s.

Benefits

Made of thin sheets of metal, a standing seam metal roof is lightweight, which will reduce your structure’s load bearing costs.  You can also install a metal roof directly on an existing roof, this will effectively abolish the cost of removing and disposing the old roof.  Metal roofs are durable and more will last long past their usual warranty of 30-50 years.  It is also wind and fire resistant.  In a hot climate like South Texas, a standing seam metal roof can reduce your home energy consumption because the roof reflect sunlight which means that roof absorbs less heat which will help to lower your utility bill.  Because of the material of which it is made, metal roofing can be 100 percent recycled whenever you decide to replace it, not to mention that it is initially made up of mostly recycled material as well.  It’s a great choice all around for those that are trying to be eco-conscious.

Though metal roofing has been around for a long time, it really hasn’t changed much, though there are now many more finishes available for home builders.  Zinc is another choice metal for roofing and it can last for a lifetime if it is properly made and installed.  With metal roofing, there is also the choice of a non-gutter roof or an integrated gutter.