Agriculture has always been important in Nebraska and common farmed products include corn, soybeans, wheat, meat, dry beans, and cover crops. Nebraska’s production agriculture contributes to more than $25 billion annually with almost 50,000 farms and ranches across the state making use of 92% of the state’s total land area. Farmhouses are built to withstand all kinds of weather elements and storms. Roofing concepts have evolved over the years and it’s important to know the best modern roof materials for modern farmhouses.
Wood Shake Impressed Metal
In the early years of farmhouses, wood shake was the most-used roofing material. Eventually, R panel metal roofing became the most used roofing material due to it’s high durability and low maintenance. In recent years, the concept of wood shake roofing has improved to include impressed metal options that are designed to offer aesthetics of wood shake, slate and tile. If you have more of a traditional farmhouse, it’s a good idea to replace your wood shake roofing to impressed metal; home insurance companies are moving away from insuring homes with wood shake roofs because of their increased fire risk.
Slate Roofing Materials
For generations, slate roofs have been the ultimate roofing material. Made with natural stone, they have the incredible ability to be manufactured into thin tiles of uniform thickness and can last for up to 300 years. Slate roofs can be expensive and heavy, but will outlast your home’s structural integrity and protect your home from any kind of storm or weather element.
Solar Panel Roofing
In the past few years, solar panels have increasingly become one of the top roofing materials. In the case of modern farmhouses, it’s common for the home system to be off-grid with its own energy storage system. This is where solar panel systems do the best job: their renewable and a clean power source, and have high efficiency in energy usage. Solar panel systems work by converting sunlight into usable electricity via four different photovoltaic (PV) mounting systems: amorphous silicon, polycrystalline, hybrid, or mono crystalline.
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