Factors Influencing Rain Noise

Contrary to common perception, modern metal roofs are not inherently noisier than other roofing materials during rain showers. Several factors play a role in minimizing noise:

  • Insulation: Metal roofs are typically installed over solid sheathing and attic insulation, which act as sound barriers. This insulation absorbs and dampens the sound of raindrops hitting the roof, reducing noise transmission into the living space.

  • Roof Design: The slope and structure of a metal roof can significantly affect how rain sounds. Steeper roof slopes and the presence of attic spaces can further disperse and absorb sound waves, diminishing perceived noise levels inside the home.

Types of Metal and Noise

The type of metal used in roofing can also influence noise levels:

  • Textured Surfaces: Some metal roofs feature textured surfaces or coatings that help absorb sound waves. These textured finishes not only enhance the roof’s aesthetics but also contribute to reducing rain noise.

  • Standing Seam Roofs: This type of metal roofing is designed with raised seams that prevent direct contact between raindrops and the flat surface of the roof panels. This design feature effectively reduces noise by minimizing the impact of rain hitting the roof.

Comparative Noise Levels

Studies comparing noise levels of metal roofs with traditional roofing materials like asphalt or wood shingles have shown that properly installed metal roofs are no louder during rain showers. The perception of noise largely depends on the construction quality and the materials used underneath the metal panels.


Concerns about metal roofs being excessively noisy during rain are often based on outdated information or misconceptions. Modern advancements in roofing technology, coupled with proper installation practices and insulation, ensure that metal roofs offer quiet and durable protection for homes.

For expert advice on metal roof installation and maintenance, contact WindowPro at Call Seminole (432) 758-2253 and Abilene (325) 400-0330. Visit our Contact Us page for more information and to schedule a consultation.

Seraphinite AcceleratorOptimized by Seraphinite Accelerator
Turns on site high speed to be attractive for people and search engines.