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There are several topics that often come up when discussing your roof and its qualities, and one common example here is noise. For instance, a frequent question often heard in the realm of metal roofs: Are metal roofs noisy?

At Mid Michigan Metal Sales, we’re here to offer a huge range of metal roofing materials for clients around Michigan, including metal roofing panels, metal shingles, metal siding and more. We’re also here to provide basic expertise in important areas like these – are metal roofs noisy? If so, how can you reduce their noise levels? Here are some basics to be aware of.

Metal Roofs Aren’t Noisier Than Other Types

It may surprise you to find out that on average, metal roofs are not actually any noisier than other roofing materials during events like rain, hail or others that often create noise concerns. The big caveat here, however: Metal roofs are just as effective for noise control as other materials – as long as they are installed correctly, that is.

You see, like other materials, metal roofs are not always installed properly. They may not come complete with the right underlayment, soundproofing membranes and other elements that will help control noise. What’s more, many homeowners who have had metal roofs installed in the past find out after the fact that their contractor didn’t take all necessary steps to reduce potential noise issues.

This highlights the importance of choosing a reputable and experienced contractor for your metal roof installation. They will have the knowledge and expertise to properly install your metal roof and ensure that it is not any noisier than other roofing materials.

Factors that Affect Noise Levels

While correctly installed metal roofs are not inherently noisy, there are certain factors that can affect noise levels. These include:

  • Roof slope: Steeply sloped roofs tend to be noisier than flatter roofs because rain and debris have a greater distance to fall before hitting the roof.
  • Insulation: Adequate insulation can help reduce noise levels from both metal and other roofing materials.
  • Underlayment: As mentioned before, the type of underlayment used during installation can greatly affect noise levels. High-quality underlayment with soundproofing capabilities will help keep your metal roof quiet.
  • Sound barriers: In some cases, it may be beneficial to install sound barriers or acoustic panels in the attic space to further reduce noise levels from the roof.
  • Roof shape and type: Certain roof types, such as corrugated metal roofs, may be inherently noisier due to their shape and the way they are installed.
  • Environment: Noise levels can also vary based on your location and surroundings. For example, a metal roof in a quiet rural area may not be as noticeable as one in a bustling city environment.

Ways to Reduce Metal Roof Noise

If you already have a metal roof installed and are experiencing excessive noise issues, there are ways to reduce the noise levels. These include:

  • Adding insulation: If your attic is not properly insulated, adding insulation can help reduce noise levels. There are a few different types of insulation that can be used, so consult with a professional to determine the best option for your home.
  • Ensure nothing is loose: Certain kinds of extreme storms, such as hailstorms, can cause fasteners or other components of the roof to loosen and create noise. If you suspect this is the case, have a professional inspect your roof and make any necessary repairs.
  • Soundproofing underlayment: As mentioned earlier, using high-quality underlayment specifically designed for soundproofing can greatly reduce noise levels from your metal roof. Check if your metal roof has this type of underlayment and, if not, consider adding it.

Value of Working With Experienced Professionals

Many of the elements we’ve gone over in this piece come back to one key theme: The value of working with experienced and reputable professionals for your metal roof installation. From proper installation techniques to ensuring the right materials are used, a professional will make sure that your metal roof is not any noisier than other roofing materials.

In addition to noise control, working with a professional also guarantees quality workmanship and can help avoid future issues or repairs. So when considering a metal roof for your home, make sure to do your research and choose a contractor who has the necessary expertise and experience to provide you with a top-quality, quiet metal roof.

At Mid Michigan Metal Sales, we are happy to provide guidance and answer any questions you may have about metal roofs and their noise levels. Contact us today for more information or to get started on your metal roof installation anywhere in Michigan!

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