If you live on a busy street, near a construction site, or even just a neighborhood with a lot of noisy neighbors, barking dogs and yelling kids, you probably want as much peace and quiet as you can get. Did you know the right windows can make your home quieter?
Double or Triple Pane Glass Provides Additional Noise Insulation
Older windows feature only one pane – one thin piece of glass that separates your interior from the noisy outdoors. Modern replacement windows are typically either double pane or triple pane. Whatever noise gets by the first pane will dissipate greatly by the second or third. Think of multiple pane windows as “trapping” sound before it reaches the interior of your home.
Added Insulation: Frames
The frames you choose for your windows will also make a big difference. Older windows feature wood frames that will crack and wear down, creating gaps that allow the travel of sound. Newer windows feature vinyl frames that provide a solid defense against outside sounds.
A window’s glass and frames both contribute to energy efficiency and noise reduction; however, spacers also provide a benefit. Here at Rescom Exteriors, we offer the Bristol Spacer which provides superior insulation resulting in higher energy efficiency all year round. We use the BR50 Enviroseal Spacer System, which creates a seal that forms a barrier against air and moisture. Thanks to exceptional thermal performance and noise reduction as a side benefit, you get an added value when you invest in windows with the Bristol Spacer.
Caulking and Weatherstripping
Worn-down weatherstripping and gaps around your windows also allow outside noise to get in. If you don’t quite need new windows yet but know you need some extra protection, apply caulking around doors and windows. It’s best to use an acoustical caulk for maximum noise reduction. If you presently have lightweight curtains framing your windows, it’s also a good idea to switch to a heavier fabric as yet another line of defense to keep noise out.
According to Curbed, windows, even when closed, are the #1 transmitters of sound from the outdoors. There are many ways you can dull the sound, in addition to replacing your windows, such as using thick drapes or planting a row of thick evergreens right outside your windows.