01:26AM | 01/28/05
Member Since: 01/25/05
4 lifetime posts
I have ametal roof on the house we are leasing while we build our new one. I can't for the life of me talk on my cell phone inside the house. I was thinking of a metal roof on my new one but with this problem, I don't know. Any thoughts or ideas? Possibly grounding the house might work but I don't know.

Thanks for any input

Dick Austin

Long Live Texas


04:40AM | 01/28/05
Member Since: 01/25/05
3 lifetime posts
Hello Mr. Austin. Metal roofs can, but do not always, block a part of the RF signal coming from the cell tower serving the area of your home. The same thing can be seen in older homes that are constructed of thicker stone walls. I don't believe that grounding the roof will provide any measureable benefit.

As you are leasing the home and want to minimize the amount of money spent on a solution, I recommend purchasing an external (roof or sidewall mounted) cellular phone antenna. Many are magnet mounted (place a thin piece of rubber or cloth between the magnet and the roof so that it does not scratch the paint on the roof) and you can run the cable in through a window as it is a temporary solution. If it was a permanent solution, you would either sidewall mount it and have the cable enter the house just like your TV cable, or rooftop mount it with the cable entering the house via the roof cavity. As an example of what I am referring to, check out:

Your local Radio Shack might even be able to help you.

As a quick aside, we are a large manufacturer and installer of hidden fastener metal roofs and I don't recall ever having a client contact us with this issue. Perhaps the signal strength where you are located is on the low side or there are other landmarks / issues preventing the signal from reaching your cell phone? Have you tried your phone from a neighbours? Just curious as it is not something that we have encountered. Perhaps you could post the results of this or another solution. Keep well.

David Mackey

David Mackey, Vice President

MACWEST Steel Inc.
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