Noise Reduction in New Windows Can Help Create a Quieter Home
Do you ever just sit on your couch and listen to what’s going on around you? Have you noticed a constant hum outside or do noises from traffic or dogs barking seem louder than they should? Your windows could be letting in more noise than you think. By replacing your windows, you can experience significant noise reduction, especially if you live on a busy street or an active neighborhood where everyone seems to always be mowing their lawn.
Minimizing the noise you hear could be as easy as replacing your windows. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Did you know the frame you select for your new windows makes a big difference on noise infiltration or reduction? Older windows typically feature wooden frames that crack or rot over time, leading to gaps where sound can seep through. Modern windows features vinyl or fiberglass frames that keep external noises outside where they belong.
If your existing windows are only single pane, it’s no wonder you hear everything that’s going on. New windows come with double or even triple panes, which contains the noise twice or thrice as much. Any noise that makes it past the first pane will be stopped by the next. Single pane glass windows only consist of a thin piece of glass that separates the interior from the exterior. Not only does this allow more noise to get through, it allows energy to leak out of your home. Double pane windows will trap more sound in between panes.
Spacers provide a high level of insulation for better energy efficiency and noise reduction. Spacers form a seal that acts as a barrier against moisture and air. Thanks to this thermal performance and noise reduction, your replacement windows add comfort and convenience to your household.
The external materials of your home will also impact noise levels. Brick or stone will transmit less sound than stucco or vinyl siding, for example. This even applies to veneers.
Caulking and Weatherstripping
Worn-out weatherstripping and gaps at the edges of your windows can introduce outside noise to your home’s interior. If your windows are still relatively new, add caulking around doors and windows instead of replacing them. Consider acoustical caulk for optimal noise reduction.
Drapes and Shrubs
There are other things you can do to dull outside noise from infiltrating your interior space. Even when closed, windows are big transmitters of sound from the outdoors, according to Curbed. Further dull the noise by using thick drapes and curtains. You can also plant a row of dense evergreens right outside your windows.