Did you ever take a ride in the country? I'm sure, at one time or another, we all have. I have, for years, noticed old barns on farmlands. As I drive by, I notice their condition. The majority of them are in need of repair.
They are history, in full view of everyone, slowly, but surely deteriorating before our eyes. Pieces of slate, one by one, falling from the roof, leaving the support structures open to the elements of nature. Wooden vertical siding, weather beaten, with paint that has been removed by the sun and rain.
Have you given a thought as to why are they in that condition? Most of the time, it is the struggle of farmers to earn a living; the never ending task of working a farm seven days a week. As we know, there are only so many hours in a day. The cost of material today is extremely high. To paint a barn always was a financial burden for the farmer. Tobacco companies, in the past, used the barn to sell their product, offering the farmer a deal. They would paint the barn in return for placing their advertisement on them.
The barns are built to breathe for the benefit of the hay stored inside of them. Terminology for this type of siding is called, "board and batten."
Why can't vinyl siding manufacturers in the U.S. design a vented vinyl panel that will let the barn breathe? It would be maintenance free for years to come.
Yes, I believe there are important matters in the U.S. we seem to overlook. It seems we try to go beyond the stars, while back on earth, we do not deal with matters of preservation.
Paul R. Lawson