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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Barns were traditionally painted red due to the accessibility and cheapness of red paint.  Farmers could create red paint out of skimmed milk, lime, red iron oxide and linseed oil to protect the wood of the barn. The linseed oil and red iron oxide gave the paint it's color.  Alexa knows all!

Sep 13, 2018 05:01 PM
Rainmaker
5,126,298
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

because rust kills fungus.... thus a red tone....now barns are traditionally painted red.... no paint in those days....

Sep 13, 2018 01:54 PM
Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Like Barbara Todaro and Kasey & John Boles said.  According to Farmers Almanac:
Rust was plentiful on farms and because it killed fungi and mosses that might grow on barns, and it was very effective as a sealant. It turned the mixture red in color. When paint became more available, many people chose red paint for their barns in honor of tradition.

Sep 13, 2018 02:18 PM
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Inquiring minds want to know ... and now we know. 

Sep 14, 2018 08:03 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

A barn of any other color is just not a barn!

Sep 13, 2018 07:19 PM
Rainmaker
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Don't really know, but I am sure we will find out soon.

Sep 13, 2018 05:19 PM
Rainmaker
274,238
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

So they stand out when it snows, Fred Griffin?  I do not know, but will read replies below!  Hope that you had a wonderful Road Trip, too. 

Sep 13, 2018 04:25 PM
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

https://www.farmersalmanac.com/barns-painted-red-240. Now it's mostly because when people think barns they think red, traditionally. -Kasey

Added: https://www.livescience.com/33195-barns-traditionally-painted-red.html

Sep 13, 2018 01:54 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Interesting. 

Sep 14, 2018 09:08 PM
Rainmaker
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Wow, now I know. 

Thank you.

Sep 14, 2018 09:06 PM
Rainmaker
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

I learned something new here today. 

Sep 14, 2018 05:09 AM
Rainmaker
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I have no idea but I love the color red for barns!

Sep 13, 2018 08:21 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Iron oxide was a cheap dye for early paints.

Sep 13, 2018 07:59 PM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I have a red barn ~ Painted it red because it looks good & it's the color my Wife wanted it to be...

Sep 13, 2018 05:43 PM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't know why but I guess you have a theory. 

Sep 13, 2018 03:12 PM
Rainmaker
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

LOL

I was wondering why the sky is blue. Pass the joint Fred....

Sep 13, 2018 02:38 PM
Rainmaker
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I just learned something I never knew before! 

Sep 13, 2018 02:36 PM
Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I grew up in pennsylvania and most the barns are red becuase of the rust but armish most have white, so I wound why?

Sep 13, 2018 02:27 PM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Fred,

I never questioned it...

Sep 13, 2018 02:04 PM
Rainmaker
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Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

I always thought it was for the sharp contrast for the crop dusters...  

Sep 14, 2018 10:07 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What's with the barn color questions today? No help from me... I'm a city girl... would hardly know a barn if I saw one! 

Sep 14, 2018 09:50 AM
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I wish we knew.

Sep 14, 2018 04:27 AM
Rainmaker
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

As an artist I’d say they are red so they contrast well in a painted picture!

Sep 13, 2018 04:32 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Not sure of the reason but it seems to be a tradition.

Sep 13, 2018 02:42 PM
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Marie Story
Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami) - Pinecrest, FL
Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist

I needed a good laugh this afternoon Fred Griffin - and you have just provided it!  

 

Sep 13, 2018 02:12 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

they are painted red to honor the time they were stained with rust.

Sep 14, 2018 08:21 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

To attract the hummingbirds of course.

Sep 14, 2018 04:39 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I'm glad I came here to see the answer! I just learned something new, thank you!

Sep 14, 2018 03:11 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - thanks for the question, learned from the other answers.

Sep 13, 2018 10:35 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Quite a question.

Sep 13, 2018 05:42 PM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Traditions.

Sep 13, 2018 03:01 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

communist painters ....

Sep 13, 2018 02:29 PM
Rainmaker
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Hmmm - Interesting question -

Sep 13, 2018 02:22 PM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate
Sep 14, 2018 05:59 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

And now I know! A great future trivia question!

Sep 14, 2018 05:20 AM
Rainmaker
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Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
Regal Christie's International Real Estate

Interesting, I learned something new today. Thanks. 

Sep 14, 2018 04:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

tradition?

Sep 13, 2018 05:03 PM
Rainer
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Why not?

We typically have black ones, it may help with curing burley. A few red here and there. 

Also have a bunch of cream/white & green on horse farms here as well.

Sep 13, 2018 04:36 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I looked this one up - there are several reason it seems

Sep 13, 2018 03:14 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It was a color that was available. 

Many barns are also white and grey

Sep 14, 2018 08:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It was the cheapest available paint.

Sep 14, 2018 09:55 AM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I want to know too. I remember them being "red" in the see dick & jane run books and just accepted it

Sep 14, 2018 06:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

With any other color Mail Pouch just doesn't pop!

I vote for a conspiracy of the tobacco industry, Pantone and a very futuristic marketing company in 1770.   

Sep 14, 2018 05:51 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

That is a good question.   Nice to read comments.

Sep 17, 2018 11:03 AM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Wow, loving the answers here!  Had no clue!  Thanks for asking this one!

Sep 16, 2018 11:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No idea.

Sep 16, 2018 05:43 AM