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Are Metal Roofs Noisy in the Rain?

Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Paul Kazlov


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Metal roofs are a sturdy, quiet, and energy efficient roofing solution. Yet, they are often misjudged as heavy, prone to lightning strikes, and overall noisy. The myth that metal roofs are noisy is especially detrimental to their popularity in the roofing and home improvement industry. Every homeowner dreams to have a quiet home. For those living on busy streets, having a roof that is impervious to the rising noise pollution is extremely important. However, the saying that metal roofs are noisier than your average asphalt shingle roof is in itself a myth.

The Myth of Loud Metal Roofs

It might surprise you that the claim metal roofs are much more noisier than asphalt shingles is made by misinformed people who do not know much about metal roofs. In fact, many make their deductions about metal roofs based on the simple fact that the roof is made out of metal. Chances are they imagine the legendary barn or farm roof that makes a great racket in heavy rain and hailstorms. The reason metal roofs may come across as a resounding speaker in earlier times is that they were directly installed over rafters and held in place by exposed fasteners (a perfect recipe for rattling). Nonetheless, this method of metal roof installation is long outdated; the rumor that metal roofs are loud is but a remnant of an old concept.

The Truth about Metal Roofs in the Rain

The truth about metal roofs is that they aren’t any noisier in the rain than a traditional asphalt roof. This is because your typical metal roof is no longer directly installed over your roofing surface. When a metal roof is installed, it comes with strong sheathing that goes between the metal roof and your existing roofing surface. Because of this, metal roofs can effectively reduce noises from rain, hail, windblown debris, and other extreme weather conditions much better than other roofing materials.

Metal Roof is Your Dream Roof

Metal roofs are not noisy. In reality, they can be quieter than your typical asphalt shingles. In addition to serving as a great line of defense against noise pollution, metal roofs are also energy efficient and eco-friendly.  Known for their strong solar reflectance value, metal roofs will keep your house cool during the dog days of summer by reflecting as much as 40% of the solar radiation. Not stopping there, metal roofs are extremely eco-friendly because they are made of 100% recyclable materials and are completely toxin-free!

Deterioration is also of little concern for homeowners with metal roofs. This is because metal roofs are also much more durable than asphalt shingle roofs, and as a result of their durability, they tend to last much longer. Widely coveted for their fire-resistant and strength, it is common for metal roofs to live to see their 100th anniversary of service. Metal roofs are clearly the all-round green roof for any homeowners who are serious about comfortable, cost-effective, and efficient roofing solutions. It is time to dispel the unfair rumors and myths about metal roofs.

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