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May 29, 2009

Soundproofing Myths: Dual vs. Single Pane Windows

Filed under: Soundproofing Myths — Tags: , , — admin @ 7:31 am

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.

May 28, 2009

Soundproofing 101: Glass Thickness

Filed under: Soundproofing — Tags: , , , — admin @ 7:17 am

As we mentioned yesterday, windows are usually the number one cause of soundproofing problems in a wall. You can soundproof the interior of an entire wall but if you neglect the windows all of your work will be in vain.

The thickness of the glass in your windows plays a huge role in your ability to soundproof a room. If the glass is too thin you won’t be able to eliminate your noise problems, especially if then noise is of a low frequency.

Check your windows to determine what type of glass you have. Thin panes will be detrimental to your soundproofing project, as will double layers of thin paned glass. The best way to ensure you windows will block noise is to ensure the panes of glass are at least 1/8 of an inch in thickness. The thickest you should have to purchase for soundproofing purposes is ΒΌ of an inch. Anything thicker is a waste of your money!

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