As metal roofing experts, we’re often asked if metal roofs make noise. In this article, we’ll answer all your questions.
While it’s often the cheapest and most versatile material to choose when installing a new roof on your property, some residents are hesitant to go with this solution because of the potential noise issues.
So Do Metal Roofs Make Noise?
Research suggests that metal roofing is actually 50 decibels louder than an asphalt or tiled roof, which is something you need to consider when choosing the right roofing material for your property – be it commercial, industrial or residential.
Why do Metal Roofs Creak and Make Noise?
Because metal roofing is lighter than other materials, it is prone to creaking and other general noise.
Generally speaking, you will hear creaking from your metal roofing and other minor noises when it rains or as the air pressure surrounding the material expands and contracts with changing weather conditions.
Is Creaking in Metal Roofing a Big Deal?
While the creaking of metal roofing can be an issue for some people, it doesn’t have to be. As long as you are aware that metal roofs will, by nature, be louder than other types of roofing and you’re prepared to manage such things, it is considered one of the best materials for roofing around.
It’s actually one of the major reasons we at Manchester Roofing specialise in metal roofing solutions for your home, work or industry.
When is a Noisy Metal Roof an Issue?
If your metal roofing creaks only during temperature or weather changes (such as a big storm, for example), you shouldn’t have anything to worry about in terms of the stability and maintenance of your roof.
However, if you start to hear creaking noises more frequently – or they change in tone – it might be worth arranging for a consultation from one of our expert roofing specialists.
What Causes a Creaking Metal Roof?
When creaking in your metal roof is abnormal, it’s usually down to:
- Poor installation
- Excessive thermal movement
- Frictional forces
If you believe your creaking may be caused by these things, it’s best to talk to a professional roofing specialist. Our team members will diagnose the issue and provide you with workable solutions to rectify the issue.
How to Soundproof Your Roof
Some of the most common and effective ways to soundproof your roof and avoid excessive noise are:
Insulation creates a sound barrier between your metal roof and your ceiling, which deafens the noise and allows for a quieter and more comfortable environment.
Install Roof Underlay
When we install your metal roof, we can also install metal roof underlay. This will reduce the amount of noise you hear from within your home or office.
How to Manage a Creaking Metal Roof
Initially, the best way to manage a creaking roof is to consult a Manchester Roofing team member. Typically, any time you have an issue with your roof, you should talk to a professional roofing company before it becomes a big issue, which could result in structural issues.
To find out more about why your metal roof makes noise and the solutions available, contact Manchester Roofing today.