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Are Metal Roofs Noisy when it Rains?

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Having put thousands of roofs over thousands of Triangle homes in our over 30 years of existence, we’ve heard all kinds of questions about metal roofing. 

One of the first questions we get about metal roofs is: “But doesn’t it get so loud when it rains?”  

People are always worried about what a metal roof might sound like when it gets hit by heavy rain and hail, even if they’ve never been under one themselves.  

In this blog, we answer that exact question, discuss why people think of metal roofs being much louder than an asphalt shingle roof, and the innovations in metal roofing to help this problem. 

Let’s get started! 

Is a Metal Roof Noisier Than a Shingle Roof?

The short answer is: It depends. Metal roofs without much else, such as an open frame roof on a barn or warehouse, would be WAY louder than an asphalt shingle system. But, with a modern metal roofing system, properly installed, rain noise would be much more comparable to what we see in an asphalt shingle roof. 

standing seam metal roof

Where does the idea of a noisy metal roof come from?

The idea that metal roofs are noisy comes from those open frame barn roofs. For a long time, metal was primarily used for roofs in rural, agricultural settings. Metal roofs are quite durable, so for these buildings that were not inhabited daily, like barns, the noise trade-off was totally worth it. 

Unfortunately, that noise reverberated across the country, creating a negative perception of metal roofs that lasts to this day, despite major leaps that have been made within the industry. 

metal roof on an old barn

Why are they better now?

No longer are they a sheet of metal nailed to a stud or frame. Today’s metal roofing systems are not open frame.

metal roofing layers diagram

Most houses have a plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) roof deck that roofing materials are attached to, including shingles and metal. In the case of metal, the decking would help deaden the noise of rain. Most metal roofing systems are also installed over some kind of underlayment, whether it be an extra layer of insulation between the panels and decking, or the pre-existing shingles that the metal was installed over. 

All of these newer innovations and methods work in tandem to reduce the noise created by rain on a metal roof. It won’t be completely silent, but it will be much closer to the noise experienced by an asphalt shingle roof.

Looking for Metal Roofing in Raleigh? 

If you’re getting more into the idea of having a metal roof over your home, reach out to us at On Tops Roofing using the button below! If you want us to come out to inspect your current roof, estimate how much a new one would cost, or just learn more about what installing a metal roof looks like, we’d love to talk with you about it. 

Like I mentioned at the top of this page, we’ve been installing roofs in the Triangle for over 30 years, and have done our fair share of metal as well.  

Whatever your roofing project requires, we are happy to help! 

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