Whether you live next to a busy San Diego highway, in a North County subdivision with plenty of outdoor activity, or simply require more privacy, new windows can be an effective solution to reduce the outside noise of your San Diego or North County residence. Make sure you discuss the sound reduction advantages of new windows with your window installation contractor. (You can contact us at 760.806.6830, or visit our website for more information).
The modern world can be a noisy place. Particularly if you live near a highway, such as I-5 and I-15, or Highways 76 and 78. You may live near Sprinter track lines, and hear the train noise on their daily scheduled runs. There’s also the sounds heard from the neighborhood-lawn mowers, leaf blowers, gas-powered hedge clippers, children playing-you get the idea.
Whether your home is in the heart of San Diego, or in the suburbs of North County-Escondido, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside-there are lots of ways noise can invade your space and disrupt your serenity. If outside noise is an issue where you live, consider new windows-they conserve energy, block out the heat and cold from entering your home, and can block out noise levels also. Remember-noise commonly enters a room through windows:
• Windows are one of the biggest culprits in allowing noise to get in your home.
• Low-quality windows might create an insulation and sound problem.
• Single glass panes and wood window frames are generally the least resistant to noise.
Consider replacing the window with a double pane window:
• Double pane glass can reduce noise by up to 20 percent Special noise reduction windows can even further insulate your home from noise.
• Different thicknesses of glass block different frequencies of sound. To block more frequencies of sound, the panes should be different thicknesses.
• Double pane windows that are spaced apart block out sound more effectively. The more space between layers of glass in a window, the more effective that window will be at blocking sound. The amount of spacing between the panes will also affect energy efficiency, so make sure to discuss this option with your window contractor specialist, to figure out how much space you really need between window panes. Watch this video of double paned glass windows that are thermally broken for insulation and weather protection:
Vinyl Framed Windows Block Out Noises: Up To 50%:
Windows with vinyl frames, or windows that come with an acrylic frame, are designed for noise reduction-sometimes reducing decibel levels by as much as half, or 50 percent. Wood and glass window frames, although giving aesthetic value, do not block much sound.
Laminated Windows For Noise Reduction:
Laminated glass is another common solution for noise reduction. Laminated glass is formed by bonding together two pieces of glass with a layer of resilient plastic film between them. In addition to effective blockage of sound, laminated glass also blocks ultraviolet rays from the sun.