As metal roofing becomes more and more popular, many homeowners considering this roofing material for their home are asking themselves this relevant question: do metal roofs have a significant impact on cell phone reception?
The short answer to this question: No, your cellphone reception or Wi-Fi signal won’t be affected in the least by installing a metal roof. If this concern has you reconsidering metal roofing, please feel free to move forward with your roof upgrade!
Metal Roofs and Cell Phone Reception
Once used primarily on commercial buildings, metal roofs have gained popularity in the residential market. More and more homeowners are becoming attracted to metal roofs due to their long lifespan, supreme durability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance.
But as their popularity grows, so do the myths and misconceptions about them, one being that they cause poor cell phone reception.
This is an understandable concern. Cell phones are an integral part of our lives today, especially when it comes to family and business-related issues. Bad connections, slow streaming, dropped calls, poor voice quality, and texts that won’t go through can be extremely frustrating.
Thankfully, metal roofing won’t cause your calls to drop or your favorite videos not to load. If you think about it, you’ve used your cell phone many times under metal roofs, maybe without even noticing it.
Many malls, stores, restaurants, offices, and other commercial buildings use metal roofs, and you don’t lose cell reception when you step into one. Your home should be the same once you’ve installed a metal roof. In fact, the metal roof on your home is a fraction of the amount of metal used for commercial buildings.
What Actually Causes a Poor Cell Phone Reception?
Poor cell phone reception in your home can be caused by many different factors, such as the location of your home, its distance from the closest utility tower, the cell service carrier you’re using, and weather conditions. Reception interference generally has two main causes:
Geographical Reception Barriers
This means that the whole area you’re in has a poor signal. This kind of bad reception can be due to the fact that you’re too far away from a cell tower or that landscape features and buildings are blocking your line of sight to the cell tower.
In any case, it won’t matter what roofing material you have on your house. Your cell phone reception will be weak with or without a metal roof. It’s not easy to overcome geographic reception barriers unless you can get a cell tower set up closer to your home.
Localized Poor Coverage
You have localized poor coverage if your signal gets better when you move to another room or go outside. Building materials are often to blame, especially traditional ones like brick, shingles, or thick wood. Energy-saving window coatings can also impede incoming signals, causing poor signal or dead spots in your home.
Other culprits for localized poor coverage include landscape features and buildings around your home. With these, you’ll receive erratic signal that fluctuates up and down.
On the plus side, localized poor coverage can sometimes be fixed.
How to Deal With Bad Cell Reception
Whatever your situation, there are options to improve service in your home, including:
Signal boosters: Installing a signal booster in your home can add strength to the signal and widen the service area.
Wi-Fi Networks: You can use Wi-Fi to make calls from your cellular device. This is a great option if your home is constructed using cell-blocking materials such as stone, brick, and concrete.
Femtocells: These are great if your home does not have service at all. You plug the devices into your Wi-Fi router to generate radio wave signals in your house. Femtocells are ideal for garages, basements, and rural areas.
Cell Phone Carrier: You may want to consider a cell phone carrier that offers better services in your area.
Metal Roofs and Lightning: Should I Worry?
Surprisingly, another common fear people hold about metal roofs is unfounded: Metal roofs do not increase your home’s chances of getting struck by lightning.
The misconception that metal roofs can attract lightning strikes during a storm is probably because metal itself is a good conductor of electricity. As such, people have the idea that metal roofing must attract lightning.
Lightning seeks a path of resistance to the ground. It almost always strikes the tallest objects in the area that also have a direct path to the ground. Lightning has no reason to target your metal roof as it is not grounded.
Simply put, a metal roof does not make your home susceptible to lightning strikes. In fact, metal is fire-resistant and can protect your home from the heat of the lightning strike.
If you’ve been worried about metal roofs and cell phone reception or lightning strikes, you can rest assured there’s no cause for concern. Don’t let myths and misconceptions dissuade you from installing a metal roof.
Ready to give your roof an upgrade? Turn to the experts at Mark Kaufman Roofing. Our North Port installers have specialized metal roofing experience and can answer any question you have about metal roofs. Contact us to schedule a consultation.