When we moved out here is was obvious that all the buildings were going to need new roofs in the foreseeable future. They didn't need to be replaced immediately so they didn't get replaced immediately. We built my studio and, of course, it had a new roof. I picked red corrugated metal which coordinated nicely with the silver corrugated metal exterior walls. It looked fabulous!
By then it was definitely time to address the house. It was built with a red asphalt shingle roof which was in pretty bad shape and had lost much of it's coating of red granules. We liked the red roof on the studio so much that we put the same metal roof on the house.
More time passed before it was obvious that the barn and shed each needed a new roof pretty quickly. It had gotten to the point that I had to carefully consider where the hay was going to be stacked because the roof leaked in several places. The old roof had skylights made of corrugated fiberglass which I really liked. They let in enough light that I didn't need to turn on the lights during the day. I wanted the new roof to have similar skylights.
I didn't realized how poorly built my roofs were until Richard Baron, my wonderful contractor, inspected them. Among the issues were trusses that had been cut and not supported properly and corrugated metal sections that were incorrectly attached. And the skylights that I loved so much were also poorly installed. The new roof with the new skylights is a huge improvement.
The new skylights are much bigger and let in so much more light. On a sunny day it's like being out in the open sun but without the sun beating down on you. It's fabulous!
The shed is where Peggy and I dye our yarn and fiber. Actually we use half the shed while the other section is where our lawn mower lives when it's not out mowing the property. We have had to be very careful where the electric appliances are placed on the counters because of all the leaks in the roof. Electric cords and dripping water are a dangerous mix.
The roof on the shed was so poorly supported that they had to put up jack-posts to hold the weight of the guys working up there while they added more support.
Now they are finished and look wonderful but the real advantage to a solid new roof is not having to worry about the hay getting wet or electrocuting ourselves in the middle of a dye day.