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#10 – Cell Phone Reception Under Metal Roofing

Written by Todd Miller on February 21, 2017 | Filed under: Metal Roofing 101 Series, Roofing Help Videos

Chances are that you currently use your cell phone in metal roofed buildings on a regular basis. Think of the restaurants where you eat, the stores in which you shop, your bank, your church, etc. Many of those buildings have metal roofs or metal decks beneath flat roofs. Over the years and tens of thousands of roofs, we have had no more than five people tell us that their metal roof did seem to affect their cell phone reception.

If you currently have very, very weak or spotty cell phone reception inside of your home, a metal roof may be the “straw that breaks the camel’s back.” Adding a cell phone signal booster in your house would have been helpful before the metal roof and certainly would be helpful after your metal roof is installed. However, if you have good to excellent cell phone reception now, the metal roof should not have any noticeable effect.

2 responses to “#10 – Cell Phone Reception Under Metal Roofing”

  1. Todd Miller says:

    Have you tried contacting your cell phone service provider about getting a booster to put in your home? They often will provide them at no charge.

  2. Richard McQuade says:

    We installs a steel roof on our bungalow and now cell phone reception is so bad that now I take my phone outside to get reception. This suggests that if your home is a typical bungalow (and our roof overhang is 18″ all around the house) it is more likely to not get reception. Wish I had known to check into this before getting the steel roof.

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Todd's expertise comes from his years of experience in metal roofing manufacturing. As president of Isaiah Industries, based in Piqua Ohio, Todd runs a several of the world’s leading manufacturers of residential metal roofing; Classic Metal Roofing Systems, Kassel & Irons, and Green American Home. His personal goal is to educate homeowners of the long-life benefits of metal roofing.

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