Do you hear traffic zoom past your neighborhood during rush hour? Does your neighbor’s lawnmower wake you up at the crack of dawn every Saturday morning? Or maybe the constant yapping of the dogs next door is enough to give you a headache.
Outdoor noise can be intrusive, and at times, it can even create an unpleasant environment for relaxation in your own home. Fortunately, soundproof windows offer a reliable solution to reduce distracting outdoor noises to provide your family with a quiet, calm indoor environment.
Here’s everything you should understand about noise-reducing windows before replacing your outdated windows with this valuable upgrade.
What Are Soundproof Windows?
Soundproof windows minimize the transmission of annoying outdoor sounds into your home, like traffic, barking pets, and noisy construction.
Noise-reducing windows are effective at softening outdoor sounds, but they don’t block noise completely. Top-rated soundproof windows absorb nearly 95 percent of soundwaves, so while harsh, loud noises will be eliminated, you may occasionally hear muted, muffled sounds.
However, if you own an older house, you’ll notice a significant difference when replacing your outdated windows with a soundproof alternative. Since old windows don’t block noise, installing new, sound-resistant, high-performance windows will drastically reduce noise pollution in your historic home.
How Do Soundproof Windows Reduce Noise?
Soundwaves travel in two ways—through materials and the air. Soundproof windows absorb, reflect, or minimize soundwaves traveling through the window materials and the air to maintain a quieter environment in your home.
The effectiveness of noise reduction is measured by Sound Transmission Class (STC). For reference, basic windows have an STC rating of 27, whereas soundproof windows have an STC rating between the mid-40s and mid-50s.
Excellent Features of Noise-Reducing Windows
Noise-blocking windows must include the perfect combination of features to minimize sound pollution. Verify your replacement windows have the following attributes to ensure they will offer the maximum soundproofing capabilities for your Indianapolis home.
Multiple Glass Panes
Single-pane windows are the least successful at slowing noise transmission. Since single-pane windows only include one layer of glass, the soundwaves can travel through the system quickly, and therefore, can carry louder sounds into your home.
Double-pane and triple-pane windows are much more effective at blocking noise. Each pane of glass acts as an insulator to offer additional sound dampening and dissipation capabilities. Triple-pane windows are the superior choice for soundproof windows since soundwaves have to travel through three layers of glass before they arrive in your home.
Varying Glass Thickness
Double-pane and triple-pane window systems are usually composed of glass panes with varying levels of thicknesses. Mixed glass thickness helps to dampen sounds at different frequencies to improve sound control performance. Single-pane windows don’t have this capability.
Did you know that sound moves more quickly through solid materials than through the air?
Because of this, many soundproof window systems increase the distance between window panes to create “spacers” with extra air. These spacers allow sounds to dissipate more effectively as they move between panes.
High-quality materials, like compression weatherstripping, insulating window frames, and waterproof caulking are crucial for creating an effective noise-reducing window system.
However, aside from choosing reliable materials, proper installation is the best way to ensure your windows are soundproofed correctly. An experienced contractor can create airtight seals that will keep frustrating noises out—for good!
Pella Windows: The Superior Solution for Soundproofing
When you’re ready to invest in noise-resistant windows, look no further than the Pella Lifestyle Series for the best soundproof windows in the industry.
Pella’s Sound Control Package combines multiple panes of glass, varying levels of glass thickness, and insulating window frames to create windows systems with award-winning noise-reducing capabilities. These double-pane and triple-pane windows reduce an impressive 52 percent more noise than traditional single-pane windows.
Pella is the only manufacturer in the United States to receive the Quiet Mark Certification—an honor that recognizes the excellent noise-reducing capabilities of the products in the Pella Lifestyle Series Sound Control Package.
You can be confident your investment in Pella’s Sound Control Package will be a worthwhile investment that results in a peaceful, quieter home.
Discover the Advantages to Window Installation with a Local Indianapolis Contractor
Aside from excellent soundproofing qualities, replacement windows offer homeowners with additional benefits, including energy efficiency, curb appeal, low-maintenance cleaning, and improved resale value. As a Pella-Certified Contractor, we are committed to completing your window installation correctly so you can enjoy the many benefits of your beautiful, noise-reducing Pella windows.
Learn more about our window services to determine if noise-reducing window replacement is the right decision for your Indianapolis home.