Why are American barns RED?

You may have noticed that most barns and barns are painted red while traveling to the United States, another country, or watching foreign films and documentaries. There are three reasons why this color is popular in many countries – it is associated with tradition, it is practical and looks beautiful. In addition, painted barns provide a longer lifespan.

Barns in the USA and many other countries have a characteristic red color – © Pixabay

Although the main reason for painting wooden buildings, including barns, is theirs nicer look, the paint also protects the wood and thus allows it to lasts longer.

Namely, during the 1700s and early 1800s, barns on family farms in the northeastern United States they were usually covered with thick vertical planks. If they were not painted, the boards would slowly turn brownish-gray.

After the mid-1800s, to improve the efficiency of their barns and to them animals were warm during the winter, many farmers strengthened their barns by nailing wooden planks horizontally to the outer walls of the barn. These boards were quite thinly cut, so the painting provided the necessary protection and beautification barn appearance.

The barns first turned red during the 1800s

During the 1800s, it was common for people to make their own colors by mixing pigments (dry materials that give color) with linseed oil. Pigments were available in a variety of shades, and the shade we so often see in older American stables is called Venetian red.

This red pigment penetrated well wooden boards and he resisted fading when exposed to sunlight so that he could gracefully age for generations.

Venetian red got its name because it is historically this pigment produced from natural clays found near Venice, Italy. The clays contained an iron oxide compound that produced this red color.

Gradually, “Venetian red“It has become a generic term for light red pigments that do not have a purple hue. Until the 1920s, such “earth pigments” used to make red dyes were mined in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, California, Iowa and Vermont.

red-became-popular-during-the-1800sRed became popular during the 1800s – © Pixabay

Yellow, green and brown are also popular

By the late 1800s, in addition to red, it became fashionable to paint barns other colors. Different shades of yellow, green and brown, as well as white. However, red remained popular because it was the most affordable.

Today, many modern barns and barns do not resemble their predecessors. Now we see huge buildings with hundreds of cows or pigs. They look more like hangars or warehouses, and are often built of metal.

But the tradition of painting manjih ambara in red it continued, both in America and in many other states. In fact, this “custom” is so significant that the US Postal Service now uses them as a kind trademark on postage stamps.

Source: Modern Farmer


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