By Michael Lentin
How Much Does a Soundproof Window Cost?
Once you’ve decided to upgrade your home with double pane, Soundproof Windows, your next question will probably be, “how much are Soundproof Windows going to cost me?” There’s no doubt that Soundproof Windows are a significant investment. But what you spend you’ll quickly earn back in peace of mind, energy savings, and increased property value.
The Initial Investment in Soundproof Windows
So how much do Soundproof Windows cost? That will depend on several factors, including the size and style of your existing Windows, how many you have, the kind of glass they are made of, and the level of noise you’re trying to reduce. You may want to use Soundproof Windows with a higher STC rating in areas like bedrooms and studies, and ones with lower STC ratings in living areas, where noise is less bothersome. This will also impact the total soundproofing cost of your project.
Additionally, how much you spend will depend on whether or not you choose to use inserts, or do a complete renovation. Inexpensive, one-size-fits-all inserts can cost as little as $75 per Window, but don’t offer a high level of Soundproofing. A total renovation, complete with high-end Soundproof Windows and noise-canceling foam insulation, can cost up to $1,500 per Window.
The best way to assess your needs and determine soundproofing prices is to consult with a professional. Together, you’ll go over the level of noise that you experience on a daily basis, what you’d like it to be, and how you’re willing to get there (do you want your apartment to be whisper-quiet, or just less noisy? Would you consider hanging tapestries to muffle sound?). Once you’ve outlined your goals, you can create a plan of action, selecting the right soundproof windows for your budget and timeframe.
For New York City residents, full renovations are usually not the best option. Many people rent their apartments, and either don’t want to invest in a space they don’t own, or can’t make the necessary structural changes. For these people, custom Soundproof Window inserts are an effective, affordable option. Whichever method you go with, your new Windows will lower your energy bills and increase your property value.
How Soundproof Windows Can Save You Money
Every project is different and the final cost will depend on your Soundproofing needs, the scope of the project, and your existing Windows. The cost of soundproofing is more an investment than an expense; you may be able to earn the initial cost back within a few years.
Soundproof Windows are extremely energy efficient. Installing high quality, double pane Windows in your home can keep your apartment or home cozy in the winter, and cool in the summer—so you don’t have to spend as much on heating and cooling bills. Most homeowners can save from $126 to $465 a year by installing Soundproof Windows; for maximum savings, look for Windows that meet the standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. If you live in a warmer climate, buy Windows with a low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, which is the fraction of solar radiation that passes through a Window and is released as heat inside a home.
Soundproof Windows are a significant investment; however, if you plan on living in your apartment or home for a few more years, you can easily make that investment back. In addition to blocking out unwanted sound, Soundproof Windows increase your property value, save you money on bills, and help the environment. Additionally, if you choose ENERGY STAR approved Windows, you also may be eligible for a federal tax credit.