Do you live on a busy street? Is there a construction site nearby that operates at all hours? Do you live in the city? Or perhaps you live in an otherwise quiet neighborhood with loud barking dogs? You are probably looking for solutions to minimize the noise you hear from outside. Getting more peace and quiet is as easy as installing the right windows. Here are some things to consider.
The frames you choose for your windows will make a big difference on noise. Older windows have wood frames that tend to get cracked and rotted, which can create gaps that allow for greater sound travel. Newer windows have vinyl frames that can combat outside noises.
Providing twice the noise insulation, double paned windows are definitely an improvement over older windows with just one pane (a single thin piece of glass separating the interior from the exterior. When making an investment in new replacement windows, you get double pane glass, which basically means you get two panes of glass rather than one. The noise that gets past the first pane will be greatly dissipated by the second. Double pane windows essentially trap a large amount of sound in between panes.
Spacers are also beneficial when it comes to noise reduction. Here at Rescom Exteriors, we offer the Bristol Spacer for the highest levels of insulation for better energy efficiency throughout all seasons. Specifically we use the BR50 Enviroseal Spacer System, which makes a seal to form a kind of barrier against air and moisture. This excellent thermal performance and noise reduction can add value to your replacement windows.
The external materials in place on your home can also affect noise levels. Brick or stone, even if they’re not real but veneers, transmit less sound than vinyl siding or stucco.
Caulking and Weatherstripping
Worn-down weatherstripping and gaps along the edges of your windows introduce outside noise to the interior of your home. If it’s not quite time to replace your windows but you still want to ensure extra protection, place some caulking around the doors and windows. Acoustical caulk is best for optimal noise reduction.
Windows, even when closed, are the top transmitters of sound from the outdoors, says Curbed. There are things you can do to dull all that exterior sound, such as through the use of thick drapes and curtains, or by planting a row of dense evergreens outside your windows.