Using laminated glass for Soundproof Windows is an incredible thing.
It’s no question that we take its marvel for granted. Comprised mostly of silica, the material that makes up the majority of the sand we’re familiar with, it’s an amorphous solid that plays an essential role in every facet of the world, from home use (drinking glasses) to its role in science (microscopes) and industry (fiberglass reinforcement).
And yet, it seems that we’re only finding newer ways to push the envelope in terms of strength and versatility. Laminated glass is an example of this that has been indispensible to the CitiQuiet’s Soundproof glass Windows.
If laminated glass was a chosen option in your Soundproof Windows, you’re using one of the most significant advances in glass technology ever seen. The “laminate” is an interlayer, typically polyvinyl butyral (PVB), between two layers of glass. The plastic layer makes the Window shatter-proof, meaning it will be held together in the event of breakage.
It all began in 1903 as inventions typically occur – the result of a laboratory experiment gone awry. French chemist Edouard Benedictus dropped a glass flask that had unknowingly been coated with the plastic cellulose nitrate. Dropping the beaker shattered it, but held it together in one piece.
Today, the laminated glass in your Soundproof Windows was created by an exceptionally advanced machine that allowed CitiQuiet to cut each Soundproof glass Window to your unique specifications. After sandwiching the layer of PVB with glass, it is passed through rollers to expel any air pockets that could result in aesthetic and structural defects. Two key ingredients – pressure and heat – chemically bond the plastic to the glass in the form of a 70 °C pressurized oil bath.
It wasn’t long before the technology was adapted into the windshields of cars, where they are still an industry standard. Their transition to Windows, however, was an easy match. Traditional panes of glass become exponentially more fragile as their size increases, but Soundproof Windows with laminated glass are far less susceptible to damage from impact.
This type of glass doesn’t just shine in safety tests, a big deal considering we’re after Soundproof Windows, after all. But it turns out that this PVB layer doesn’t just make each Soundproof glass Window stronger, it makes the Window more effective at reducing noise. The way laminated glass noise reduction works is that as sound waves travel through different mediums, the sounds become weaker, eventually breaking down to the point of being inaudible. The layer of PVB dampens enough noise to satisfy even the most ardent of audiophiles.
What’s more, laminated glass Windows do an excellent job of filtering out UV light; this means that each Soundproof glass Window in your home can catch up to 99% of the sun’s radiation. As a result, fine art and antiques are at a significantly reduced danger of being discolored or otherwise damaged from direct sunlight.