You may think that a metal roof would be noisy when it rains, but when it’s installed properly, your metal roof can sound the same as any other type of roof. Although no roof is entirely soundproof (but who doesn’t like the sound of pouring rain on a summer day?), there are ways you can make it quieter, whether it’s an existing one or under new construction.
If you’re in search of metal roof soundproofing, then look no further than our team here at Legacy Service. We’ve been installing and replacing roofs since 2005, and we’ve never met a metal roof that we couldn’t soundproof. There are a number of options you can choose from when soundproofing your roof. In this article, we’re going to discuss the different types so that you can decide which one (or ones) you would prefer. But you don’t have to make any decisions now. You can speak with one of our roofing experts before you decide.
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How loud your roof is when it rains depends on the roofing material for soundproofing that you choose and the quality of the installation. Roofing fasteners are used to help lessen roof noise, (especially when it’s raining) because the noise factor depends on how secure the sheets are. A roof that’s installed with too few fasteners, fasteners that aren’t firm, or fasteners that are in the wrong place may have their sheets move when hit by rain or hail.
As the roof expands and contracts with temperature changes, these problems can get worse over time. With the right amount of roofing fasteners, you can soundproof your roofing sheets so that it’s not too noisy in your home every time it rains. Have your fasteners inspected and replaced to reduce the amount of noise.
During installation, it’s best to use a metal-to-wood roof screw, which should have rubber at the end to hold the metal in place and help prevent water leaks.
Adding physical barriers such as finishing and insulation can help reduce the amount of noise that’s transmitted to the interior of the house. This includes installing a finished drywall ceiling to a fenced porch or a room with an uncompleted vault ceiling. You can also add insulation into the attic area to help keep your home at a comfortable temperature as well as quiet when it rains.
Soundproof roof insulation is exactly what you’ll need when you’re looking to install a metal roof. One of the top types of insulation for metal roofing includes glasswool insulators, which help prevent condensation and provide an excellent solution to the reduction of noise. It’s important to cover as much surface area as you can when using sound damping insulation.
Another option is foam gap filler. It’s a good alternative if you want to be thorough, but make sure you’re careful because foam gap filler can be very messy.
Spray foam insulation is the most effective method. If you’d prefer to do it yourself, you can buy a kit. Just make sure you read the instructions carefully and get the correct measurements. If you’d rather have a company install some type of soundproofing roof insulation, you can contact your local experts.
If you’re building your roof from scratch, roof underlayment would probably be the most effective method for soundproofing a roof. It’s a bit trickier when you’re trying to soundproof an existing roof.
To help deal with noise, install plywood or OSB at the roof’s lowest level before placing any metal sheeting. It doesn’t even have to be too thick or expensive. Installing underlayment materials (like mats made from nylon filaments or foam insulating panels) between the roof sheathing and the metal roofing will help reduce noise transmission.
Although it isn’t always recommended, you may also be able to install a metal roof over an asphalt shingle roof if you live in an area where building codes permit. Check with your local roofing company to see if this is possible.
Believe it or not, the shape of your metal roof can have a significant impact on the noise level. For example, flat roofs or vertical seam metal roofing will hug the roof deck and vibrate less, meaning that flatter shapes tend to be quieter than corrugated roofing (round) when it’s windy or raining. However, metal roofing that has a higher, more complex profile will usually be stiffer and even quieter than flat roofing.
No matter what type of profile you choose for your metal roof, though, you’ll need to accompany it with some sort of soundproofing material. You can contact your local experts for assistance with that. They can guide you through your options for soundproofing a metal roof and can also install it for you along with the rest of the roof.
Once your metal roof is completed, you’ll be able to determine the amount of noise you’ll hear when it rains. From there, you can close everything off with drywall if it’s needed. Putting as much physical barrier between you and the metal roof is the best you can do to reduce the amount of noise. You can install either single layer drywall or double layer drywall.
Single layer drywall – While a single drywall can be ineffective at blocking sound, a soundproof drywall works much better. Soundproof drywalls are thicker and have better soundproof quality than ordinary drywalls. However, they can be expensive.
Double layer drywall – Double drywall is denser and helps reduce airborne noise more effectively. It makes your ceiling thicker, creating more mass than ordinary drywall.
If you decide to install ceiling drywall, contact us to get more information.
By choosing from these options, you’ll be able to soundproof your metal roof in no time. In most cases, it’s probably best to choose a few that complement each other. Depending on where you live and what your budget is, we’ll help you select exactly what you need so that your home is quiet even when it’s storming outside and the rain is coming down in buckets.
At Legacy Service, we have decades of experience when it comes to installing metal roofs, and we can customize every panel specifically for your project. When you choose metal roofing, turn to our team to give your home the beauty and durability you deserve.
We also provide other types of services like siding installation and window replacement. Call us at 215-798-9790 or contact us at https://legacyusa.com/contact/.