Rain & Metal Roofs: How to Keep It Quiet

Metal roofs are becoming an increasingly popular choice for both residential and commercial buildings, thanks to their modern design, durability, and lifespan of up to 50 years. However, many people may be hesitant to choose a metal roof because of concerns about noise levels during rainstorms and other inclement weather. While there is some truth to this, there are ways to reduce the noise levels associated with this type of roof during a rainstorm.

Are Metal Roofs Noisy When it Rains?

The short answer is that yes, a metal roof will make noise when it’s hit by rain or hail. The impact of strong rain, wind, or other extreme weather on metal will likely make an echo sound that you can hear from inside the house. When compared to other roof types such as asphalt shingles, a metal roof will always be louder in inclement weather. In some instances, people may enjoy the sound of rain on a metal roof and find it soothing, but others may find it annoying or grating.

How to Decrease Noise

Fortunately, there are some ways to significantly reduce the noise level coming from rain hitting your metal roof, for a quieter experience rain or shine.

  • Choose the right kind of metal roof. Not all metal roofs are made the same. Some varieties, like corrugated metal, can be louder than others. For less noise during a rainstorm, you may want to opt for flat metal roofs.
  • Install your metal roof over solid wood decking. Underneath your metal roof there should be a layer of solid wood between the roof and your ceiling. This provides an extra barrier for sound to travel through.
  • Install wood fiber insulation boards over the decking. For an extra layer of sound-dampening, opt for wood fiber insulation boards over the wood decking. This upgrade won’t completely block out the noise, but it will be a big help.
  • Install more insulation in your ceiling. Installing more ceiling insulation is something you can do even if your metal roof is already installed. As an added bonus, upgrading your installation will also lower your heating and cooling bills.
  • Ensure your metal roof is installed correctly. If a metal roof is installed improperly or without attention to detail, it may not be fully fastened down. If the roof isn’t attached to your home properly, it’s more vulnerable to shifting around when it’s hit by rain, hail, strong wind, and other extreme weather, and will be louder as a result.

Residential and Commercial Roofing Services in Utah

If you’re looking at potentially installing a metal roof on your home or commercial building, Unified Roofing can help you select the material and design that’s right for you, while also providing professional installation services that stand the test of time.

Unified Roofing has over 20 years of experience serving customers across the state of Utah, and works to provide great customer service and unbeatable results every time. We also offer a seven-year labor and material warranty on every new roof that we install. Contact us today to request more information or a free quote.