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How To Reduce Rain Noise on a Roof

When the rainy season comes, it comes with a lot of noise, one of which is the noise you get when rain falls on your roof. Now, you might be thinking this is just for metal roofs, but the truth is rainfall affects all roof types and metal roofs are not necessarily louder than other roof types, as long as it is installed properly. Notwithstanding, the issue is still the loud and disturbing noise most people have to endure when it’s raining heavily on their roofs.

In that regard, the best thing is to reduce rain noise on the roof of your house. Furthermore, it is important to state that, there is no way to entirely soundproof a roof, be it a metal or aluminium roof, it simply can’t be a 100 percent soundproof.  However, you can reduce the noise you hear, as there are options that allow for a less noisy roof, especially when the rain is pouring. This article sets to highlight those options for you so you can get a quieter roof come rainy days.

However, before diving into the options you can take to reduce rain noise on your roof, you need to understand a key factor, which is, the importance of installation. Yes, an important aspect of reducing the noise your roof makes is making sure the installation is done right, with the screws tightly placed and everything in order.

This prevents a lot of issues, disturbances, as well as noise, especially during the raining season. For example, if the screws are tightly placed, no strong wind will easily pick up the shingles or the roofing sheets, and you won’t have to hear that hollow noise that comes with the wind blowing the shingles.

How To Reduce Rain Noise on a Roof

  1. Making use of Roof Fasteners

As stated above, if your roof isn’t installed properly or correctly then you are bound to have a lot of noise when it’s raining. On that note, a way to solve that problem, as well as any installation issues is to get roof fasteners which are meant to hold your metal roof in place. Also, you should note that having a fastener issue on your roof can’t the best, as fasteners in the wrong places or loose fasteners will most likely move when it’s hit by rain.

Furthermore, as the roofing contracts and expands due to temperature changes, the noise you experience will get worse with time. In light of that, properly placing your roof fasteners, tightening the loose fasteners, as well as replacing or adding more fasteners will go a long way in curbing your noise issue.

  1. Ceiling Insulation

Another method you can use to reduce rain noise or any general noise from your roof is by insulating the ceiling[1] or installing insulation. The concept here is that if there is a dense barrier between your interior space and your roof, there would be a significant cut down on the noise you will hear. On that note, if your roof is noisy and you need a recourse, you can simply install a layer of insulation.

Furthermore, you should note that a good place to put the insulation is in your attic or any unfinished room in your house if you have any. Also, it is advisable to utilize either spray foam insulation or rigid foam insulation, as both options absorb the majority of the noise level, as well as create an impressive physical barrier between you and the noise.


  1. Install a Roof Underlayment

For reducing rain noise on your roof, another means you can utilize is the installation of roof underlayment. You should note that roof underlayment is basically materials like foam insulating panels, nylon filament mats, etc, which are to be placed between a metal roof and the roof sheathing. The installation of roof underlayment such as the ones mentioned above greatly reduce the noise that a metal roof makes.

You should note that roof underlayment is to be installed during the installation process of your roof, hence, this is a step you need to take into account early on. This especially apt, since installing your roof without proper underlayment will only lead to a gruelling experience with unwanted noise.

  1. Roofing Profile

Ordinarily, an important step to roofing your home has always been selecting or picking out the right roofing profile for your home. However, this same important task is also a factor when it comes to reducing the noise your roof makes. The reason for this is that the type of roofing profile you pick has a large influence on the level of noise you’ll hear.

An example can be drawn from flat roofing and corrugated roofing, whereby, picking the former ensures a reduced noise level, in contrast to picking the latter. In light of that, if you want to keep your roof as silent as possible, you need to consider roofing profiles that carry less vibration and are generally less noisy.

Therefore, roofing profiles like mentioned flat roofing, as well as standing seam metal roofing profiles should be at the top of your list. Furthermore, what should be the main point of consideration when shopping for roofing profiles is how stiff the roofing profile is. The reason for this is that the level of stiffness of a roofing profile largely affects both the noise level of the roof, as well as the general stability of it.

Wrap Up

With all that’s been given above, it’s clear that a key factor in reducing the noise level of your roof is the installation process. With that in mind, you must ensure that your roof is installed properly and correctly, to avoid a host of problems, including rain noise. However, if it’s too late for that and you need recourse from the staggering noise level when rain falls, there are simple options to take, which have been given above.


[1] Ceiling Insulation – Link