Outdoor noises, like barking pets and zooming traffic, can create a noisy environment in your home, making it difficult for your family to relax, unwind, or even sleep.
Fortunately, you don’t have to tolerate invasive neighborhood noises any longer. When you upgrade your old windows with a noise-reducing alternative, you’ll be able to enjoy the quiet indoor environment you’ve been craving.
Discover the soundproofing benefits of modern replacement windows, and learn how you can transform your home into a peaceful oasis with window replacement from JD Hostetter!
What Are Soundproof Windows?
Soundproof windows are designed with noise-blocking features to make your home’s indoor environment more peaceful.
Though noise-reducing windows won’t block out all outdoor sounds, they can improve your house’s sound resistance. Modern window systems reduce noise pollution from highway traffic, construction equipment, and other neighborhood noise so that you can enjoy a quiet home.
How Do Noise-Reducing Windows Work?
Soundwaves travel in two ways: through the air and through materials, like glass. Soundwaves are measured in two ways: Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Outdoor/Indoor Transmission Class (OITC). Noise-reducing windows typically have an STC rating near 26.
The key to creating an effective noise-reducing window is to include multiple materials within the system that slow the transmission of soundwaves. Since noises travel faster through solid materials than through air, it’s essential to include as many barriers as possible in your window system to dampen the soundwaves before they reach the inside of your home.
Common Features of Soundproof Replacement Windows
Since each brand of soundproof windows is created differently, before you purchase replacement windows, look for these factors that contribute to the noise-reducing qualities of modern window systems.
Multiple Glass Panes
Modern window systems include multiple panes of glass, and each pane minimizes the amount of noise that can travel into your home.
Single-pane windows allow the most noise to enter your home since there’s only one barrier for the soundwaves to travel through. Double-pane windows can reduce more noise since they include two sheets of glass and one spacer between the panes.
However, triple-pane windows are the most reliable option for soundproofing. Triple-pane window systems include three glass panels, creating an environment that’s more likely to absorb, reflect, or reduce noises at differing frequencies.
Varying Glass Thickness
Noise-reducing windows typically include glass panes of varying levels of thickness, called a mixed millimeter glass design. This window style helps to dampen sounds at different frequencies, giving your home extra soundproof protection.
Double-pane or triple-pane windows are also superior to single-pane windows because they include gasses, like argon, between each pane.
While dense gasses help improve your home’s energy efficiency, they also can prevent noises from entering your house. Like the glass panes, these gasses muffle and “cushion” the soundwaves as they travel through the window system.
Choosing a reliable contractor to install your noise-reducing windows is crucial for long-lasting performance. If your windows are installed improperly, their noise reduction may be minimal.
When your windows are professionally installed, you can be confident your contractor will use durable weatherstripping and sealant. These materials keep your windows sealed tightly to minimize sound transmission and air leaks.
Pella Lifestyle Series: The Superior Option for Soundproof Windows
If you’re convinced that noise-reducing windows are the perfect way to maintain peace in your home, look no further than the most popular and effective soundproof windows on the market from the Pella® Lifestyle Series.
Pella Lifestyle Series triple-pane windows include an optional sound control package upgrade for ultimate soundproofing. The sound control package includes insulating frames and a mixed millimeter glass design to reduce 50% more noise than standard single-pane windows. These industry-leading windows were also awarded the Quiet Mark Certification for superior acoustic performance. Pella is the only window manufacturer in the United States to receive this honor.
Pella Lifestyle Series Windows are offered with fiberglass, wood, or vinyl frames, and in dozens of styles, from casement to double-hung, so you can find the perfect look for your home. Plus, in addition to noise resistance, these windows offer superior energy savings, impact resistance, smart-home technology, and other desirable features you’ll love!
Achieve the Peaceful Indoor Environment You Deserve with New Windows
When you’re ready to upgrade your home’s outdated, drafty windows with a lasting soundproof alternative, look no further than our local team at JD Hostetter.
We are a Pella Platinum Certified Contractor, which means our team has completed extensive training and is certified to install your replacement windows per the manufacturer’s guidelines. This means that when you work with us, your windows will be eligible for a lifetime warranty!
Learn more about Pella Windows to discover why these noise-reducing replacement windows are the perfect choice for your Indianapolis home.