Whether you have realized it or not windows and doors provide little by way of soundproofing. They are not designed to stop noise or even absorb sound, but rather provide a way to allow ventilation or access to other areas. Because of this, they are typically the culprit in over 90% of noise issues. The good news is there is a solution to any noise problem. Acoustical windows can provide a vast improvement, dampening the sound level quite effectively.
Sound is all around us. It can come from a variety of sources. While many times it can be annoying, in certain situations it can be distracting and even damaging. Some of the sources of intrusive noise can include:
- Road Traffic
- Air Traffic
There can also be intrusive noise from sources internal to the structure. These might include:
- HVAC Systems
- Mechanical Mechanisms
- Delivery Vehicles
How Are Soundproof Windows Installed?
The good news is acoustical windows can be installed quickly. The existing windows of the structure will not have to be removed either. The soundproof windows are actually installed as a second set of windows over the existing windows of the structure. This helps to lower the cost of installation. The sound control windows help to:
- Stop Drafts
- Improve Insulation
- Soundproof the Room
They look and act just like regular windows, easy to clean and open and close. The installation procedure is simple and efficient. There is little downtime during the installation procedure and minimal construction mess. The various colors available, allow the soundproof windows to match the current décor and provide inviting accents to any room.
The Double Pane Dilemma
While double and triple pane windows have become all the rage in the replacement window game, they provide little in the way of noise management. In fact, they are minimally more effective at noise stopping than a single pane window.
With double and triple pane glass affixed to the same frame, vibrations can work through the window like a two-pronged tuning fork. The space between the frames does little to stop the promotion of sound.
Noise is the result of vibration. Higher pitched noises are caused by a higher rate of vibration, while low frequency sound comes from slower rates of vibration. One way to soundproof any surface is to minimize or eliminate its ability to vibrate. Another way is to coat the surface with a sound absorbing material. Obviously, that would not be suitable for windows, because it would block the view. However, stopping the glass from vibrating would eliminate the sound from passing through.
Whether using acoustical windows or acoustic sliding doors, IES-2000 is your noise control partner. Why not reach out to IES-2000 today?