Shhhh. Did you hear that?
If your home has Milgard Quiet Line™ Series Vinyl Windows, you’ll have to listen pretty hard to hear what’s going on outside, and that’s the point. Whether you have loud neighbors or traffic noise to deal with, sound control windows will keep the noise where it belongs – outside.
What good does it do on those hot Houston summer days to close the windows and turn the air on and still hear rush hour traffic?
If You’re Replacing Your Windows, Ask Yourself if You Should Address the Issue of Sound Reduction?
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you might need Sound Control Windows:
- Do you run a fan at night to block out the street sounds?
- Do you have noisy neighbors? Kids are great, but if your neighborhood is young, you could be in for a loud summer.
- Are you close enough to an airport that the air traffic patterns interrupt your peace and quiet?
- Does it seem like the neighbors are constantly mowing the lawn right under your window?
- Do you live by a freeway?
- Is there a neighborhood dog that barks dawn to dusk?
- Is there one side of your home that’s subjected to more noise than the rest?
How Does Milgard Make Their Quiet Line Series?
Single glass panes and wood frames are the least resistant to noise.
Each Quiet Line Series double glazed window has a built-in sound panel created through a single-extrusion process for superior sound control and weather protection. Milgard’s focus is the engineering process to achieve ultimate performance, but they understand their windows need to look good too. If you’re only installing them on the noisiest side of your home, you can be assured they’ll match the other Milgard window styles you choose for the rest of your home.
Is There a Way to Actually Measure Windows for Sound Blocking Ability?
Sound Transmission Class (STC) is the rating system used to determine how well various products block sound. For example, single pane glass typical STC Value is 27. Dual pane glass is 26. Usually, until the STC rating is in the 40’s, the noise reduction level won’t solve a significant noise problem. Milgard’s Quiet Line™ Series increases the level of protection to 48.
The rating numbers are close in value because the STC measurement uses a scale similar to the Richter Scale. Small incremental increases indicate a sizable gain in noise reduction. For example, an increase from 28 to 43 doesn’t seem like that much, but it represents a 95 percent noise reduction. Each number reflects a significant amount of noise.
If you simply replace single pane windows with dual pane windows, you’ll see very little sound reduction.
Will Milgard Sound Control Windows provide 100% Noise Reduction?
They can’t eliminate 100% of the noise, but in many cases, less noise will come through the sound control windows than the walls. Overall, walls have an STC of 43-48, while Milgard’s Quiet Lines Series has a rating of 48+.
They’re specially designed to eliminate noise and are similar in noise reduction quality to recording studio glass, which is usually rated 50-55.
Contact Houston Window Experts for Advice and Installation
Milgard Quiet Lines windows have a thicker frame to support the thicker glass, and professional installation is critical to maximum performance. As a certified Milgard dealer, Houston Window Experts can answer your questions, perform the installation in a timely fashion, and clean up so thoroughly that all you’ll have to do is sit back and enjoy the quiet.