A home or commercial property with a metal roof is popular for a few reasons. With South Florida being especially susceptible to damaging winds and rains during our annual hurricane season, longevity is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your roof to something more dependable, a metal roofing system has probably crossed your mind.
Why Consider A Metal Roof?
Metal roofs are durable, they won’t rot, and they provide better insulation than shingles or tiled roofs. They’re also much lighter than other materials and you can paint them to match the color scheme of your property’s exterior.
They are also popular in terms of lifespan. This is because they can last between 40 and 70 years. This of course depends on the type of metal used and the workmanship of the roofer. Finally, there is also the environmental advantage that comes with installing a metal roofing system. The metal reflects heat which can cut cooling costs by up to 25%, which means they are energy-efficient and eco-friendly.
There is one downside though—they can be quite noisy when it comes to rain and wind. This is a problem that roofers overcome by applying a few best practices. Here are seven ways that the professionals soundproof a metal roof.
Seven Ways Roofers Soundproof a Metal Roof
If you are looking to be able to have a conversation in heavy rain or improve insulation in your home or office, it’s important that you soundproof your metal roof. Here’s how the experts do it.
1. Insulate The Ceiling
An inexpensive fix to reduce the noise of your residential or commercial metal roof is to add insulation between the ceiling and the roof. This will not only help to soundproof the roof, but it will also insulate your home or office. This will keep your cooling costs down in summer and do the same for the occasional ‘heating’ costs during the cooler winter months in South Florida.
2. Soundproof The Walls
While insulating the ceiling is important, here at ABC Roofing we place as much importance on insulating the walls. Not only will this dampen sounds from outside, but it will also create more privacy in each of the rooms in the home.
3. Correctly Installing The Panels With Fasteners
If a roof is not correctly installed with fasteners, it will shift and be far less protected from the elements. When we install metal roofing panels, we make sure that we use the right fasteners. An experienced roofer will also make sure that fasteners are firm and secured in the right places. If there are not enough fasteners secured, the roof may lift. It will also be far less soundproofed. Making sure the panels are securely fitted will make a significant difference to roof noise.
4. Use Roof Underlayment
This needs to be done when the roof installation takes place. A reliable roof underlayment is the single most effective means of soundproofing a metal roof and we highly recommend it to all our customers.
5. Make Sure The Metal Roof Has The Right Profile
This one may sound a little bizarre, but the shape of the roof can impact how much sound is carried into the property. Lower profile flat metal roofing will reduce roof noise far more than a roof that uses corrugated metal. It will also vibrate less than corrugated roofing, which means they will be less noisy. Talk to your roofing expert to find out which profile is best suited for your property.
6. Sound Deadening Paint
This is a great product as it can be applied to pre-existing roofs. This paint will not only help to quieten a metal roof, but will also protect the metal from rusting and prevent corrosion.
7. Having The Right Experience
Finally, you want to make sure that the roofer installing your metal roof has plenty of experience. You can have all the right materials, but if the workmanship is substandard it’s likely that soundproofing will be an issue. That’s why ABC Roofing has a team of experienced and passionate roof experts, who understand all aspects of roofing.
Standing Seam Metal Roof System Installers in Coral Springs
With over 30 years of experience, the ABC Roofing team understands the importance of soundproofing a metal roof. We know what it takes to install a roof system that is not only long-lasting but one that significantly reduces noise as well.