Your home should be somewhere for you to retreat to from the hectic outside world and the last thing you want when it’s time to relax is the addition of outdoor noise. You can close your doors and dim the lights, but getting rid of unwanted noise isn’t always so simple. If you live in a busy city or next to heavy traffic flow or railway lines, noise pollution can be a constant irritation that take a toll on your quality of life.
A lot of the noise you hear in your home enters through your windows. Replacing them with soundproof windows can help you eliminate unwanted noise and get you back into a relaxed state once more.
How to Make Windows Soundproof
The glass panes in your windows are rigid structures ideal for conducting sound waves. It is for this reason that a single pane of glass in your window will do very little to stop unwanted sounds from entering your home.
The ‘speed of sound’ is over 700 miles per hour and arrives in the form of a pressure wave. When it hits your single glazed window, it vibrates the pane, which in turn vibrates the air on the other side of your window, passing the sound straight to your ears without diluting much.
Enter double-glazed windows. Double-glazing is designed to disrupt soundwave vibrations passing through the glass. The two glass panes are not in direct contact, so the sound waves are dampened, resulting in less noise entering your home.
A pocket of gas (argon) can be added between the two panes. It has different soundwave properties to standard atmospheric air, for extra noise-reducing properties. While you cannot fully soundproof your home, adding double (or triple) glazing windows can significantly reduce outside noise pollution, and give you a more comfortable environment.
Soundproofing Window Qualities
Simply replacing your windows for new ones isn’t going to soundproof your room, unless you get ones with the right properties.
Secondary glazing options, noise reduction glass, and even noise reduction windows (which have been designed with noise reduction in mind), will all help with soundproofing.
Choose windows with the following qualities to better sound proof your home:
- Thicker glass: The thicker the glass, the less noise you will hear.
- Laminated layers: PVB (polyvinyl butyral) for example, can be added between the sheets of glass to reduce noise, without affecting glass clarity.
- Space between panes: The greater the gap between the panes of glass, the better the protection. Add heavy gases such as argon in the gap, to reduce noise even more.
Window coverings can also add that extra layer of protection. While none are entirely soundproof, window shutters, soundproof and insulating blinds, can all do wonders for aiding in noise reduction.