Are Aluminum Patio Covers Loud in the Rain?

Are Aluminum Patio Covers Loud in the Rain?

Some people find the sound of raindrops on metal soothing whereas others think it is loud. Of course, the noise levels of rain on aluminum patio covers also depend on the intensity of the storm. A light shower will generally produce a soft, muffled sound as the water pings on the louvers. A torrential downpour may be a different story, so it all depends on the quantity and force of the rainfall. If you live in Southern California, where heavy rains are rare, this isn’t much of a concern. Likewise for much of the Pacific Northwest, which is characterized by gentle yet consistent sprinkles.

In addition, it’s important to distinguish a louvered patio cover from metal awnings or traditional tin roofs, which create a deafening racket during a rainstorm. However, adjustable louvers are engineered so that the water naturally slides into the built-in gutters rather than bouncing off randomly. Some homeowners have posted videos of their aluminum roof systems in the rain to show how relatively quiet they can be.

The Myth of Noisy Aluminum Roofs

If you are concerned about noise polluting your backyard oasis during pounding storms, you’ll be relieved to know that it’s not much louder than rain hitting a shingled roof. Sound is measured in decibels (dB), with louder noises carrying higher decibel ratings.

The sound of leaves rustling in the wind is about 20 dB, normal conversation hovers between 50 and 60 dB, while a jackhammer resonates at 110 dB. According to the CDC, prolonged exposure to noise levels over 70 dB can gradually damage one’s hearing, and sounds over 120 dB (such as jet planes and firecrackers) can cause pain and ear injury.

To put this into perspective, consider that the sound of rain on an aluminum patio roof is roughly 50 dB. That’s the equivalent of an air conditioner or quiet office. This rating could creep up to 55 dB during an actual deluge, but this is still tolerable– if not enjoyable– for many people.

Integrated gutters reduce sound

​Louvered patio covers are a modern and more practical take on the traditional pergola. Aluminum louvers can be adjusted at varying angles or completely closed for total shade and weather protection. Automatic sensors detect both wind and water, shutting the patio cover instantly. The integrated gutter system rushes the water away, dampening the sharp sound of heavier rainfall.

It’s worth noting that aluminum patio covers have a better strength ratio than stainless steel, entail virtually no maintenance, and are corrosion resistant.

Quality louvered patio covers

Outdoor Elements louvered patio covers are manufactured with high-grade extruded aluminum that offers superior performance in rain, sun, wind, and all kinds of weather. Contact us to learn how a customized patio cover can transform your outdoor living space.

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