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Traffic, communities, pets, and other noises can make your home or office environment stressful. See how our soundproof windows can turn your noisy environment into a quiet and peaceful one.

Why Choose Soundproof Windows?

Whether it's traffic on the freeway, the noise of your neighbors, or the chirping of birds, if you don't have soundproof windows, some noise from the outside world is sure to interfere with your daily activities, especially if you're in a bedroom or office or workspace. While you can't control what's going on outside, you can block or at least reduce noise by soundproofing windows by using the techniques detailed in this article, alone or in combination. Read on to learn that how soundproof windows is your secret to attaining inner peace!

Solve Your Noise Problem

A Soundproof Window uses cutting-edge technology to dramatically Reduce Noise Levels by 50-70% and improve your quality of life.

Create a Sound Oasis

Now you can sleep late, enjoy solitude, and reduce stress. In short, you can make your home your silent oasis.

How Do Noise Reducing Windows Work?

Noise Travels in Two Different Ways
- Through the Air and Through Materials.

There are two measurement methods- by Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Outdoor/Indoor Transmission Class (OITC).

Today, most standard insulated windows have an STC rating around 26. These double-glazed windows feature two layers of five-millimeter-thick glass. By adding more window glass, there is more insulation, which helps dampen outside noise.

Noise-cancelling windows work by slowing the transmission of sound waves, making them appear quieter. Sound waves can be absorbed, reflected, or minimized as they travel through different materials. In windows, this can be achieved by optimizing air space, mixing glass thicknesses, or adding additional glass panes. The selection process of these different properties of the window is critical to the sound attenuation performance. Using high-quality materials, such as lab-tested weatherstripping on windows, is also a proven way to ensure performance. However, it is more than window features that help support noise reduction. Another most important element of performance is installation. Proper installation helps ensure a seal and helps prevent noise. From choosing window properties to ensuring proper installation, working with a Doorwin expert can make the process simple and easy to understand.

5 Smart Tips for Soundproofing Windows

While completely soundproof windows don’t exist, there are a number of factors that can help you soundproof your home.

1. Upgrade single-pane windows to a dual- or triple-pane design.

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If you experience minor outdoor noise pollution, such as the occasional lawn mower or passing cars, you can replace the single-glazed windows with double-glazed ones. Single glazed windows are typically found in homes 10 years or older with only one pane of glass on the window frame, while standard double-glazed windows in newer homes are made up of two panes of glass with air in between. Single-glazed windows have no air barrier between the outside and the glass, so they allow nearly all outdoor sounds to vibrate through the glass, causing indoor noise.

Comparing Single-Pane, Double-Pane and Triple-Pane Windows

When you add glass panes to the design of a window, the amount of noise that is able to travel through is reduced. Single-sided glass has the least amount of material to dampen sound waves, and its STC is between 26 and 28, so they allow the most noise into your home. In contrast, the space between the individual panes of a double-glazed window helps block the vibration of outdoor sound through the glass, allowing for greater noise reduction benefits, with an STC of 26 to 35. Compared with a single-glazed window with an STC of 28, a double-glazed window with a thickness of 35 can reduce the noise of passing vehicles to 35 decibels, which is 7 decibels lower than that of a single-glazed window (70-35). While that might not seem like a lot, to the listener, a 7-decibel difference results in about an 87% drop in perceived volume.

Triple glazing is the best option for noise reduction. In fact, Doorwin Soundproofing Series three-pane windows with the optional voice-activated package reduce noise by 52% compared to single-pane windows. Excellent energy efficiency and sound control are important factors in making the right choice. The three-pane option helps keep your bedroom quiet, creates a barrier so nap time isn't interrupted, or minimizes the neighbor's barking dog.
Replacing your windows with Noise Cancelling Windows from Doorwin, you can create a relaxing environment in your home.

Are Triple-Pane Windows Worth the Investment?

While triple-glazed windows cost more than dual-paned windows, they offer many additional benefits, from improved enery-efficiency to sound reduction. When deciding if triple-pane windows are worth purchasing, consider how long you plan to stay in your home. Will you be staying long enough to recoup the investment with energy savings? Also, think about the climate you live in. Triple-pane windows do a better job at reducing thermal transfer, so these might be the best windows for your region if you frequently experience extreme cold or hot weather. The bottom line is this – the benefits of replacement windows with triple-glazed glass may be worth the additional cost if you have the right conditions to recoup your investment over time.

2.Seal gaps along windows with acoustic caulk.

Small gaps between window frames and interior walls can allow outdoor noise to enter your home and make your windows not perform up to STC ratings. An easy way to seal these voids is to fill them with acoustic caulk such as Green Glue Acoustic Sealant. This latex-based soundproofing product reduces sound transmission and maintains the STC of the window, but still allows you to open and close the window.

The application of acoustic caulk is the easiest and most economical method. If there is already silicone filler around the window frame, use a putty knife to remove it. Cut a quarter inch opening in the top of the sonic caulk tube with a utility knife, load the tube into the caulk gun, and pull the gun’s trigger to apply a thin bead of caulk in the gap between the interior window frame and interior wall.

3. Hang sound-dampening curtains to block sound.

To reduce noise and reduce harsh glare, hang soundproof curtains. sound-dampening curtains are made of thick, heavy fabric such as velvet and usually have a lining made of vinyl or a similar material that absorbs sound as it enters a room. These curtains also minimize echoes so that any sound you do hear indoors fades out quickly. Because these curtains dampen but do not block sound, they’re better suited for light noise pollution that may interrupt sleep, such as crickets or birds chirping.

4. Noise Reducing Blinds or Shutters

The more material you put between the source of noise pollution and the interior, the better your acoustic performance will be. Installing blinds of any type can help reduce noise.
Special honeycomb blinds are the best type of blinds for sound insulation. Their honeycomb structure allows them to retain more air, preventing air from getting inside. For better acoustics, choose one with double cells.

5. Soundproofing with Furniture

You can help soundproof your windows by placing the right furniture near them. This DIY approach won't make a noticeable difference, but it can help larger the noise-reduction benefits of your other windows.

Put a thick rug next to your window to absorb some of the sound waves. You can also place a heavy sofa, chair or other furniture near the window. This thick, heavy material absorbs some annoying sound waves and helps reduce the effects of vibration from outside noise.

FAQs About How to Soundproof a Window

Q. How can I soundproof my windows cheaply?

The most affordable way to soundproof your windows is to use acoustic caulk. Remove any existing silicone filler and refill with a product specifically designed to block window noise. A tube of soundproofing caulk costs about $20. Window treatments are another economical way to soundproof your windows.

Q. Why can I hear wind through my window? 

If your windows are single-glazed or no soundproofing materials in place, the sound of the wind blowing through the trees may be loud enough to penetrate the window. Or, you may hear the wind whistling into the house, entering through the gap between the sash and other parts of the window frame, such as the sill, door frame, or frame.

Q. Where can I get 100 percent soundproof windows? 

You can’t purchase 100 percent soundproof windows; they don’t exist. Noise-reduction windows can block up to 90 to 95 percent of noise.

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Final Thoughts

Whether in an urban setting where the blaring horns are enough to drive you nuts, or in a rural community where the screeching sound of a morning rooster, sometimes you just need relief from the racket, and addressing deficiencies in your windows’ soundproofing is one way to do that.

You can choose to completely replace your windows, or you can choose to add some soundproofing elements - either way, it's not too hard to get rid of outside noise. As for the drum kit your father-in-law bought for the kids, you're on your own though, but soundproofing your door might be a good start!

Install Solid-Core Doors

Solid-core doors offer better insulation from sound than hollow-core doors. A well-fit solid door will significantly reduce sound transmission, but it will not completely wipe it out. To complete the job, seal all the gaps around the door at jambs, header, and sill.

Switch to a DC-Powered Garage Door Opener -A Quieter Opening System

Automatic garage doors can generate a staggering amount of noise. Direct-drive openers with a direct-current motor have fewer moving parts, and the DC technology allows soft starts and stops, all of which contribute to a quieter opening system.

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