Big city life is magical with all its buzz, culture and exciting new experiences
however, with all that is going, it can make living in the midst of other city dwellers a somewhat noisy experience.
If you enjoy living in the city but just want to enjoy the sound of silence in your own home then the acoustic glass is for you and when fitted can prevent the noise of outside life from making an unwanted intrusion into your life.
What is acoustic glass?
Acoustic glass noticeably reduces outside noise, and it is highly effective in protecting the clatter of rain, main roads or airports. It can be used in double glazing windows both externally in a roof light or home window, or internally in a meeting room or office dividers.
It consists of two or more sheets of glass with acoustic interlayers. The interlayers function as sound reducing core to weaken the noise travelling through the window.
Pros of acoustic glass
Noise reduction performance is a fundamental characteristic of modern window design, and it has a significant effect on everyday life. The most prominent benefit of installing acoustic glass into your home or office is that there will be a substantial reduction in ambient sound entering your property.
Other benefits include:
- Heat insulation: acoustic glass can also provide thermal insulation which decreases your heating bill.
- Wellbeing benefit: The filtered and decreased noise in your home will aid numerous aspects of your wellbeing. Many people comment on having improved sleep, being better relaxed and having more energy.
- Added value: acoustic windows are available in various styles to upgrade your property insulation and aesthetics at the same time.
Cons of acoustic glass
Even though acoustic glass might be a more pricey option, it is definitely worth the investment, if you live in a noisy area and it affects your comfort and wellbeing.
- These window systems are more costly than traditional double glazing windows.
- When you go for this option, your window units will need complete renewing which can be costly and time-consuming. The best time of the year for this is springtime when you do not need to be worried about higher heating costs during the reconstruction works.
DIY ways to soundproof your window
Would you prefer to block out the sound of your noisy neighbourhood without professional help?
We have collected the most efficient “do-it-yourself” solutions for your soundproof window below.
There are many different techniques you can choose from. You could go for “quick & temporary” procedure or more complicated and extended project. The right method for you depends on the noise level you would like to reduce and your acoustic goals.
An obvious way sound enters into your home is often via cracks in the walls and windows. Even if you use noise reducing window treatment, failing window seals can be a severe acoustic problem as well. Opt for specific acoustical sealants because these are more flexible, less likely to crack and last longer.
If you are experienced in more advanced DIY projects and love a good challenge, adding an extra glass sheet to your window might be easy for you. First, you have to install a metal frame on your window then magnets are used to attach the glass.
You may recognise window foams from music videos as they are most commonly found covering the walls in recording It is easy to install, and its purpose is to dampen soundwaves. However, it is not visually compelling. Foams might look cool in a basement recording studio, but you might not want to cover your living room window with it. It blocks not only sound but also light, so it is not practical for bedrooms or living rooms.
The plastic window films are mostly used in commercial settings to reduce the vibration of the glass. The installation process is relatively easy, however similar to window foams they have poor aesthetics.
Because it is a simple soundproofing fix, people tend to buy noise cancelling curtains. The problem with this choice is that the curtains block cold air between the window and the back of the curtain which leads to more condensation. This promotes mould growth and future damage to the window.
Need expert advice?
If you are looking to reduce noise pollution that is entering your home or workplace or would like to update your existing windows, give us a call on 0117 911 0272.
Our experienced team at Crystal Clear can provide sound advice, more information, and a free no obligation quote.