Let The Sunshine In But Keep The Noise Out
If you live in an urban area, you know all about the sounds of idling buses, sirens of emergency vehicles, and general traffic noises. Even if you don’t live in an urban setting, flight patterns of a near by airport can cause problems. If you love everything about your home, but you have to keep a fan running even in the winter just to block out the sounds of the city, noise abatement windows might be the solution to your sound pollution.
Are Windows the Only Entrance for Unwanted Outdoor Noise?
Sound blocking windows may be the most effective step you can take, but before you make that investment, there are some less expensive actions you can take first:
- Patch holes and gaps around your current window frames
- Add fabric, like curtains and rugs, to the interior of your home to absorb noise
- Caulk around light fixtures, receptacle boxes, dryer vents, soffits and door casings
- Increase insulation in walls where you can
How Do Noise Abatement Windows Work?
It’s important to note that single glass panes and wood window frames are least resistant to noise. Milgard’s Quiet Line Series windows are engineered for superior sound control and let in 30 percent less noise than their other windows.
The Quiet Line Series windows are double glazed with a built-in sound control. They’re designed with single-extrusion construction for both outstanding sound control and better weather protection. An important element for reducing sound penetration is the window glass along with a well-designed vinyl frame.
The amount of airspace between the panes of glass determines how much sound will pass through it. Sound passes more easily through windows with panes that have less airspace because the panes are close together.
Is There a Way to Rate and Compare The Effectiveness of Sound Control Windows?
The acoustics industry rates the sound-stopping quality of windows, doors, walls, and most building materials on a scale called sound transmission class (STC). The higher the number, the more sound is inhibited by the window. While no window can claim to block all sound, sound-reducing windows can block 90-95 percent of outside noise.
STC ratings are the only way to accurately compare apples to apples when you’re shopping for sound control windows. The rating, which is measure in decibels, is determined by averaging the amount of noise stopped at 18 various frequencies. It’s an unbiased instrument measurement based on a logarithmic scale.
Keeping in mind that the lower the number the poorer the performance in sound reduction, typical rating ares:
- Single pane windows are rated between 18-20
- Double glazed windows rate between 28-32
- Milgard Quite Line windows achieve a rating of 48, for exceptional sound control
For the sake of comparison, consider that acoustical windows for recording studios have an STC value from 45 to 56.
If You Still Have Questions…
Houston Window Experts can walk you through all of your options, and if you’re replacing all of your windows, we can help you determine where noise abatement windows will do the most good. Because Milgard designs their Quiet Lines Series to match their other window styles for a uniform appearance throughout your home, you’ll be aesthetically pleased and acoustically sound.
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