So, you want to know how to soundproof windows. You’ve finally had it with all the noise. Fear not good friend. You don’t absolutely need to replace your windows. There are some things you can do to significantly reduce noise penetration without breaking the bank.
Commercially available soundproof windows employ a few tactics to reduce the ability of sound to travel through them. The most common is to have 3 panes of glass. Triple pane windows are more common in northern climates for energy efficiency but are excellent for soundproofing. Laminated glass is another method used to produce soundproof windows. The laminated glass is composed of glass and a clear plastic type material that are sandwiched together. This reduces the glasses ability to transmit sound. Other methods are using sound dampening materials such as wood as opposed to aluminum frames. Energy efficient windows also address thermal bridging. This is a tactic to break up the materials with non-conductive elements to prevent heat flow through the window frame. This is also effective for limiting sound transmission. Windows designed specifically for soundproofing will use materials that are not only effective for thermal bridging but specifically target sound wave bridging as well. This is usually done by suspending the glass portion of the window with rubber mounts to isolate the glass from the frame. Obviously while these tactics can be very effective they all come at quite a cost.
The best way how to soundproof windows is to go with several of these ideas in combination to really make a big difference. Each one will help knock the sound down but it’s not likely that just one of these is going to be effective enough for you. If your problem is mild then it might work. Chances are you didn’t find this article because you had a mild problem though.
Cheap is a relative term and soundproofing your windows cheap will likely mean hundreds of dollars as opposed to thousands purchasing and installing soundproof windows. Pick and choose from these ideas and you’ll be able to make a noticeable difference that should help reduce your annoyance and give you the peace you’re looking for.
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