What are the best ways to reduce noise from windows? If you live in a property is filled with outside sounds, it can be a real distraction. When you try and relax or even sleep, a bit of noise can put you off and stop you enjoying your living space the way you should…
This is because of underperforming windows that don’t offer a great deal of sound insulation. This problem is most common in older windows which use thinner materials, meaning they don’t provide as much protection.
However, there are various ways you can help reduce noise. A few of them are affordable additions that will help make your home quieter. However, if you want the ultimate in noise reduction from your windows, the best option is secondary glazing. You’ll be able to add a brand-new window to your home without the hassle and mess of replacing your old one.
Using blinds or curtains
You could reduce noise from your old windows with the addition of blinds or curtains. That way, you can put an extra barrier between the noisy outside and your room. Blinds and curtains are also not fixed outlays, you get a certain design freedom along with them.
Window treatments like these can help with insulation, block out strong sunlight, and even allow you to save money on your home’s energy bills. And, with the option of multiple materials and colours, they add style to your decor as well.
Some suppliers offer acoustic curtains which can help reduce noise from outsides, blocking the sound waves coming into your home. However, blinds and curtains can only go so far and it means sacrificing views and natural light.
Is new glazing the answer?
Another option is to replace part of your windows. Often, older windows use single-glazed glass, which doesn’t offer a lot of sound insulation. However, even windows with double glazing could improve the noise levels.
You could also invest in triple glazing. With three panes of glass instead of two, you’ll get an extra barrier to help you reduce noise from your windows. When sound waves come into contact with triple glazing, each layer of glass will weaken the impact of the waves, reducing the noise progressively with each layer.
Accoustic glazing is yet another option. Designs like this use clever features to block out even more sound from entering your living space.
For example, you could check if your glazing has PVB installed. This is a durable layer that works to reduce sound between 1,000-3,000Hz. Additionally, features like vacuum spacing and micro rubber spacers make it harder for sound waves to travel into your home and preventing them from getting around the frames of your windows too.
Why secondary glazing is best
With Granada secondary glazing, you eliminate noise through windows almost entirely. Not only that, but you won’t have to replace any part of your old windows. Often, getting new windows means losing the charm of your old ones, but secondary glazing works to improve what you have.
You’ll get an extra layer of soundproof glass for your windows, along with a durable aluminium frame that insulates your old window. That way, both windows effectively act as double glazing but with more space between the glass. Because of this, there’ll be more air space for noise waves to travel through which significantly disrupts the wave pattern and nullifies the sound almost completely.
This is the main way secondary glazing is so effective, namely, the larger than average gap – the larger the gap, the better the noise protection. Secondary glazing also lasts longer and it will continue performing for decades with little-to-no maintenance. Additionally, you’ll get better insulation, which will help you save on energy bills.
And, as you don’t have to replace any part of your window, you’ll get a less complicated, faster installation and quicker resolution.
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