Are Metal Roofs Noisy?



    Are Metal Roofs Noisy?


    Metal roofs have increased in popularity over the past few years leaving many people questioning what life is like under a metal roof, with the main question being “is it noisy?”

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    This is a very common question. So common that the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has taken to social media to address the question.

    Renee Ramey, the executive director of the MRA claims that homeowners can be grouped into two categories, those that want to hear the pitter patter of rain on their roof and those that don’t. “A lot of people think the sound of rain is soothing and will help them sleep without the need for a fancy white noise machine. For others, they are worried the sound may be too disruptive.”

    So what is the answer to the question? Are metal roofs noisy? The answer: No.

    Most people’s experience with metal roofs are with structures like sheds or awnings leading them to believe that during rainstorms, metal roofs are rather noisy. However, this is not the case with modern metal roofs. While metal can generate or metallic or pinging noise when struck, the transmission of the sound is dependent upon what lies below the metal roofing.

    “A modern home would have roof decking, insulation and a layer of drywall or other ceiling material between homeowners and the roof,” says CertainTeed Building Scientist Lucas Hamilton. “Together they cut down significantly on the sound heard below.”

    In addition, modern metal roofing materials are often manufactured with texturized patterns that further dampen the sound of rain by dispersing the impact of rain drops. The result being that modern metal roofs are no noisier than any other roof type.

    Dampening Noise for Any Roof Type

    If your roof is making too much noise to your likening, try these tips to keep noise from making its way into your living areas:

    • Make sure your roof is installed according to manufacturer recommendations. Not enough fasteners or loose fasteners can often lead to increased noise

    • Ensure your roof is properly insulated. If there is not enough insulation or the insulation is not properly installed, the insulation is not able to act as a natural sound barrier.

    It’s important to note that roof shape dictates the amount of noise produced. Roofs with a higher angle of slope and more attic space will transmit less noise than a flatter roof.

    Metal Roof Benefits

    Metal roofs offer additional benefits such as tight seals and a natural water-shedding ability that make them more popular in regions that experience a lot of rain fall. Properly installed metal roofs are virtually leak proof and prevent moisture from finding its way into your home. If you want to learn more about metal roofs, contact your local roofing professionals.

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