A Guide to Soundproof Windows: Achieving Peace & Serenity in Your Home
When you bought your home, you probably had a checklist of negatives to watch out for in the neighborhood—maybe low-performing schools, overgrown yards, and the presence or absence of community parks. You may have first toured your home on a hot, quiet afternoon when the streets and sidewalks were deserted. Everything looked great—until you signed the sales contract and moved in. Then you discovered that the neighborhood you thought was peaceful morphs into a raucous party spot at night—often lasting into the wee hours of the morning. So long, sleep! Or maybe you’ve lived in your home for a long time, but there have been some unwanted changes—like the highway overpass that was built a stone’s throw from your home. Or, worse, an airport.
If you’ve decided that a move isn’t in the cards, what are your options? You can’t reduce the amount of noise that’s spoiling your residential sanctuary, so a solution is to keep it outside. This can be accomplished by soundproofing your windows.
Can I Create Soundproof Windows on My Own?
If you’re reluctant to purchase new windows with built-in sound-dampening upgrades, you may be looking for do-it-yourself solutions to create a sound-eliminating barrier for your home. While it’s not possible to totally soundproof your windows, there are several ways to dampen the sound that penetrates your windows. Here’s a brief look at a few of your options:
Sealing Your Windows With Caulk
Sound can enter your home if air enters through breaches in the window seals or gaps between the window frames and the walls. Acoustic caulk is a type of sealant intended specifically for soundproofing ceilings, windows, and doors. However, this type of solution is time-consuming and difficult to implement. And the caulk may need to be reapplied regularly to remain effective.
Noise-Reducing Window Treatments
Cellular blinds and thick-fabric drapes can absorb up to 70% of the sound that enters your windows. Unfortunately, this strategy is only effective if your windows are covered, and many homeowners may not want to sit in a dark and gloomy room merely to enjoy some peace and quiet.
Soundproof window inserts are laminated sheets of glass that are fitted inside your home over your existing windows. They are intended to be installed a few inches in front of the glass in a window frame. However, efficient window inserts generally cost hundreds of dollars each, may not fit certain window styles, and are inconvenient for homeowners who wish to open and close their windows regularly.
Invest In Noise-Canceling Windows for Your Home
If you’re like many homeowners, replacing your windows is the most effective way to reduce outside noise intrusion. While no window is entirely soundproof, replacing your standard windows with impact-resistant ones is an excellent way to solve the problem of noise entering your home through your windows. Impact windows, while designed to protect homes from storm damage, can also block up to 65% of the outside noise that enters a home through window glass.
How Do Sound-Reducing Windows Work?
Unlike light waves, which bounce off solid surfaces, sound waves may flow through many materials almost as easily as air. Extra-thick glass can be used to build a sound-dampening window, which reduces sound vibration (or resonance) and thus makes it less audible to the human ear. Another method for reducing noise transmission is to build windows with multiple panes of glass and a layer of insulating air or gas between them. This design slows down the sound waves, making them appear quieter. A better technique to create a nearly soundproof window is to employ laminated glass, which is made up of two panes of glass baked together with a thick vinyl interlayer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Noise-Canceling Windows
To help make the process of noise-canceling window installation as easy to understand as possible, we’ve collected some frequently asked questions:
How Do I Make My Windows Soundproof?
You can meet your goals by having NewSouth Window Solutions install soundproof windows in your home that feature double-pane glass with gas fills. These high-performance, impact-resistant windows feature laminated glass and are manufactured using proper sealing techniques that minimize noise infiltration, ensuring a quieter and more comfortable environment inside your home.
Do Soundproof Windows Work?
Yes, soundproof windows from NewSouth Window Solutions effectively reduce outside noise by using advanced glass and insulation technologies. They create a barrier that significantly minimizes sound transmission, enhancing the tranquility of your living spaces.
What Is the Cost of Soundproof Windows?
The cost of soundproof windows varies based on factors like window size, type, and installation complexity. For a personalized estimate, contact NewSouth Window Solutions to schedule a free consultation. Our experts will assess your needs and provide a competitive quote tailored to your project.
Are Hurricane Windows Soundproof?
While impact windows from NewSouth Window Solutions are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, they also offer some level of soundproofing due to their robust construction. However, for optimal soundproofing benefits, consider combining impact windows with soundproofing options like laminated glass and seals.
Turn to NewSouth Window Solutions for the Best Noise-Reducing Windows
NewSouth Window Solutions manufactures high-quality impact-resistant windows that were developed through extensive testing and research. To ensure optimal energy efficiency, our impact windows are made with reinforced uPVC vinyl frames and laminated glass, and they have an additional sheet of low-emissivity (low-E) glass. This creates extra-strong, triple-pane glass that not only provides exceptional storm protection but also acts as a superb sound barrier. Furthermore, because of our innovative frame construction procedures and superior window installation practices, you won’t need to caulk your window seals to keep sound, air, and moisture out of your home.
Contact Us Today!
If you’re interested in having noise-reduction windows installed at your home, contact NewSouth Window Solutions today to learn more about our remarkable noise-reducing windows. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and look forward to adding you to our extensive list of satisfied customers.