Metal roofing is one of the most cost-effective roofing options available; it has a long lifespan, and installation is not so complicated. This roofing appears to be top among its competitors, but it has a reputation for being extremely noisy during rain, sleet, and hail storms.
Fortunately, there are a few things that can be done to decrease the loud noise that rain makes when it falls on a metal roof. Insulation and building barriers are useful ways of reducing noise effects because they are efficient and do not require a significant investment.
Here’s a rundown of some useful tips to help quiet a metal residential roof.
· Ceiling insulation
Metal roofs can’t be insulated in the traditional sense, but you can try insulating the ceiling. The roof will be quieter if the layer that separates it from the ceiling is thicker.
Insulating the ceiling is a common procedure that is completed before the roof has been constructed. Ceiling insulation can be installed in an attic or an unfinished portion of the house.
· Install an underlayment
When you first install a metal roof, it usually comes with a built-in underlayment. However, not all metal roofing manufacturers adhere to this guideline, thus the homeowner must install the underlayment in this situation.
Roof underlayments are insulating panels made of nylon filaments or foam that are put beneath the roof. The biggest advantage of using underlayments on a roof is that it becomes more energy efficient. Roof underlayments are also a popular choice for soundproofing metal roofs and lowering noise levels.
· Confirm that the metal roof is in place
Strong winds, hailstones, and heavy rain have a greater impact on poorly built metal roofing. When a loose metal roof comes into contact with another portion of the home, it will likely shift and move, making an even louder noise.
Examine the fasteners on your roof to see if they’re properly put and that the roof is secure. If not, you can either tighten or replace the fasteners if they’re problematic. To be on the safe side, you can also add more fasteners to the roof.
· Speak with a metal roof expert
Although the above tips have proven effective, we recommend that you consult with a metal roofing contractor. Remember that each metal roof, house, and scenario is unique. If none of the above options work for you, you might want to consider a custom solution for your metal roof.