Do you already have dual pane windows but find your home is still full of noise? Sadly, in many cases people with serious noise problems end up going to a window specialist and hearing that they should replace their dual pane windows with new dual pane windows.
That doesn’t make much sense.
Truth be told, there are dozens of different window manufacturers on the market. The reality of the matter, though, is that if the dual pane windows you have now don’t work a new set isn’t going to either. If your house is already quiet it may seem quieter but if you live in a noisy area you’re never going to be able to achieve the results you’re looking for.
Make sure you hire a sound proofing expert before you make a ton of modifications to your home. If the windows aren’t your main problem he or she will be able to help you find the real source of the noise – before you spend thousands of dollars on unnecessary work!
A common misconception regarding sound proofing is that in order to enhance the level of sound control in your home you must replace all of the glass you have with something thicker.
This, my friends, is definitely a myth. You might think of glass in older homes as being thin or out of date but this is far from the truth. The glass in homes built before 1920 is actually made of a material with a wavy texture. The wavy texture of the glass is actually a much better sound proofer than the alternatives we have today.
If your home was built after 1920 you likely won’t find wavy glass in your windows and doors. In this case you may need to make a replacement but don’t forget to check the seals and apply some type of acoustic caulk first.
Replacing your glass completely is costly and should be a last resort.
Today’s myth: The dual pane window is better than the single pane window as far as sound stopping sound is concerned.
The truth? Not necessarily. In most cases it’s the thickness of the window that makes a difference – not the number of panes. You can have two thin panes of glass that vibrate incessantly or one thin pane of glass. There’s really no difference.
The average home has relatively thin panes of glass in the windows. These same windows usually have very bad seals around the glass. Those who want to see real results would be better benefited by replacing the seals. If that doesn’t work, a thicker pane of glass might do a better job of soundproofing your room.
This isn’t to say that dual panes of glass are bad. They’re excellent additions to a home that wants to be incredibly energy conscious. If soundproofing is your only concern, however, you’re better off simply modifying the glass you already have in place.
Let’s start to take a look at some of the myths surrounding soundproofing. One of the biggest myths is the idea that a wall is the main source of your noise problem.
True, walls can be a source of noise, but they’re not always the main culprit. If you suspect you’re having noise problems because of a wall the first thing you should do is check that wall to see if there is a window attached to it.
A window will always be a bigger source of noise than a wall alone. The average wall has a STC value of 40 but most windows do not. If the windows have an STC value of 40 than you can start looking at the walls as well.
Remember this when searching for the source of your sound problem: The windows are the first major cause of sound; doorways are the second major cause; and the construction of the walls themselves is the last thing you should have to look at. Checking for problems in this order will save you both time and money!