When considering a metal roof system, concerns about the noise associated with thermal expansion and contraction may arise. However, it’s important to understand that all roofs, regardless of material, undergo expansion and contraction due to atmospheric and climate changes.
Understanding Thermal Expansion/Contraction
Atoms in all materials are in constant motion, a concept we learned in science class. Heat increases the excitement and movement of atoms, causing materials to expand. Conversely, cold temperatures reduce atomic excitement, resulting in contraction. This phenomenon applies to metal roofs, leading to the occurrence of sounds such as pings, dings, clicks, and pops.
During cold winter spells, water pipes can become clogged with ice, which can lead to increased pressure and eventually cause the pipe to burst. Taking immediate action is crucial, as a burst pipe can result in damages exceeding $5,000. Follow these steps to minimize the potential damage:
Act Swiftly by Shutting off the Water Supply
If a pipe bursts, it can cause significant flooding in your home. To prevent further water flow, locate and close the main water supply valve. Additionally, keep the faucets open to drain the pipes and release any built-up pressure. Consider flushing all toilets as well. …