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Are Metal Roofs Actually Noisy?

Ever wondered if metal roofs are noisy? You’re not alone. This question is one of the most frequently asked when it comes to metal roofing.

The assumption that metal roofs are noisy likely stems from experiences with older or poorly installed metal roofs, and perceptions created by large, uninsulated metal roofs on commercial or agricultural buildings.

People might also associate the noise created when a thin sheet of metal is hit with the potential noise of a metal roof. However, it’s essential to remember that the thickness and quality of metal used for roofing, combined with modern installation and insulation techniques, can significantly reduce noise.

Today, we’re going to delve deeper into this topic and explore the reality of noise levels in metal roofs, the factors that can influence these levels, and how they can be mitigated.

Factors Influencing Noise Levels

Type of Metal

The type of metal used in the roof can influence the amount of noise it produces. For instance, steel and aluminum roofs tend to be quieter than copper or zinc.

Installation and Insulation

Proper installation and insulation, which is especially crucial when dealing with emergency roofing repairs during winter, can greatly reduce the noise levels of metal roofs. Poorly installed roofs or those without sufficient insulation can indeed be noisy.

Weather Conditions

Rain, hail, and wind can cause noise on metal roofs. However, the level of noise can be greatly mitigated with proper insulation and soundproofing techniques. Speaking of wind, you might want to check out our article on common misconceptions about wind damage on roofs to broaden your understanding of how weather can affect your roof.

Myths and Facts about Metal Roofs

Are Metal Roofs Louder in the Rain?

While it’s true that metal roofs can be louder in the rain compared to other roofing materials, the difference is usually minimal and often unnoticeable, especially with proper insulation.

Do Metal Roofs Amplify Sound?

Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs do not amplify sound. In fact, with proper installation and insulation, they can even be quieter than other types of roofs, some of which are discussed in detail in our article on which roofing materials last the longest.

How to Reduce Noise from Metal Roofs

Soundproofing Techniques

There are several ways to reduce noise from metal roofs, such as using sound-absorbing materials during installation, adding an extra layer of insulation, or installing a solid sheathing beneath the metal roof, a technique we discuss more in our article on why installing metal roofing is a good idea.


So, are metal roofs noisy? The short answer is: not really. While certain factors can contribute to noise, with the right materials and proper installation, comparable to what we recommend in our article on the qualities to look for in good asphalt shingle roofing, metal roofs do not have to be noisier than any other type of roof.

We hope this article has answered your questions and alleviated any concerns about the noise levels of metal roofs. If you’re considering a metal roof for your home or business in any of our service areas, we’re here to help. Whether you’re located in:

Our team of experts is ready to assist you with your roofing needs. From installation to insulation, we provide high-quality services to ensure your metal roof is as quiet and efficient as possible. Don’t let noise concerns deter you from choosing a durable, sustainable, and attractive metal roof. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation.

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