Every day, we are bombarded with a barrage of sounds, whether it be honking cars, roaring airplanes, or even the neighborhood dog’s incessant barking. As a result of the rise in frequency and volume of unwanted noise in growing towns and cities, many people have made the wise decision to install soundproof windows in their home or place of work.
When you own a house, you have the freedom to alter almost any aspect of the property as you wish. For those who reside in rental properties, however, what is and isn’t acceptable to change in your home is not always as clear. For this reason, tenants often assume that installing soundproof windows is prohibited. The good news is that this isn’t the case.
How Do Soundproof Windows Work?
In order to block out unwanted noise, manufacturers add a combination of mass, air space, and laminated glass. To increase mass, thicker glass is used. By increasing the distance between windowpanes, not only is the necessary air space created, but insulation is also improved. Finally, laminated glass, which is made up of a glass-plastic-glass “sandwich,” is added to the mix. This type of glass is an integral part to making soundproof windows more effective at eliminating noise.
Each variation and brand of soundproof window is assigned an industry rating reflecting its noise-blocking capabilities. The higher the number on the sound transmission class scale, referred to as STC, the better quality of soundproof window. While the typical single-pane window carries an average STC rating of 27, most soundproof windows have a STC rating of 45, with exceptional windows reaching the mid-50s.
How Are Soundproof Windows Installed?
The reason you don’t need building approval to have soundproof windows installed in your apartment is because installation doesn’t require any alteration or construction to your unit’s existing windows or opening. They are instead installed into the existing interior opening on the windowsill, placed a few inches away from the existing window. This creates a space of dead air that isolates the soundproof window frame from sound vibrations and adds a cushion of air between the two. This cushion of air in conjunction with the soundproof window effectively blocks out up to 95% of external noise.
Many noise-blocking windows function using a simple roller system that allows for smooth and effortless closing. Each window is custom manufactured to complement any existing style, and will not disturb the interior look of your room. With offerings ranging from double-hungs, sliders and casements, to tilt and turn, you will barely notice the change- apart from the increase in peace and quiet you deserve.
Extensive research has linked unwanted, intrusive noise to a number of negative health issues including stress, hearing loss, and even cardiovascular disease. By making just a few small changes to your living and work environments, you’ll be able to relax and stay focused. Whether you own your own home or rent a unit in a building, soundproof windows are available and attainable.