Sound-Proofing Metal Roofing: Three Options Your Contractor May Offer You

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If you are considering purchasing a metal roof to replace the current roofing material you have on your home, you may have questions about noise levels and sound-proofing. The fact is, metal roofs installed on houses are typically no noisier than asphalt shingles or wooden shingles. However, if you want to be sure your metal roof is as quiet as a sleeping mouse, then you can ask your contractor about some sound-proofing options. Here are three options he or she might offer you to further deaden any noise that a metal roof might make during a storm.

Keeping the Old Roof in Place

Another option is to keep all of the old shingles in place. Not only does this deaden any sound caused by rainfall on your metal roof, but it also helps firmly secure the metal roof in place. The old shingles act as anchors to which your contractor can secure the metal roofing and shave off a lot of time and labor costs in the process. Unless there is some very severe damage to your old roof, you may want to consider this option because it tends to be the most economical of the three listed here.

Additional or Really Thick Insulation in Your Attic

Rolled insulation serves many purposes in your attic. Certainly not the least of these purposes is sound-proofing. When rolled insulation is installed between the rafters, it reduces some of the hollow reverberations and/or echoes that might otherwise occur with no insulation. Adding more insulation to these spaces or replacing it with really thick, quilted batting-type insulation is sure to reduce most noise (except for really loud claps of thunder). If you do not use your attic for storage, you may want to add more blown insulation to the "floor" area as well.

Using Denser Hardwood Planks in Place of Particle Board

Particle board, or "sandwich" board is often used as the first later over the tops of your roof's trusses. It encloses the roof while providing a surface to which the roofing contractor then applies an under-roof material. Although it is more expensive, you could request thick hardwood planks in place of the particle board. Thicker planks are similar to adding thick insulation--the sound waves have a more difficult time traveling through these thick objects, and therefore, the sounds are barely heard, if at all. If your roof currently uses particle board, your contractor may need to rip it all off before attaching the thicker hardwood sheets to the trusses. Click here to learn more about metal roofing.

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20 June 2016

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