How to Soundproof Single Pane Windows?
Most of the external noise pollution that enters the home is through the windows. There are however some rather simple techniques that can be employed to improve the soundproofing quality of your windows and glass panes.
One of the first factors that you need to consider is whether your windows seal properly when they are closed. Rubber or other synthetic seals placed along the edge of the window frame will minimize the amount of sound waves that would normally enter through gaps that are left when a seal is not present.
A window treatment provider will be able to determine whether the windows in your home are suitable for the addition of seals. Alternatively, you may have to replace your window frames with a sealing variety.
Reducing sound waves that enter through the actual glass is slightly more complicated. Although people are under the impression that replacing all their regular single pane windows with double pane glass will help, this will only make a negligible difference.
On the other hand, replacing the panes with thicker glass panes will definitely reduce noise vibrations. Look for glass that has a thickness of between 1/8 of an inch and 1/4 of an inch. Glass that is thicker than 1/4 of an inch will not reduce noise levels much more than 1/4 inch thick panes.
Using specialty window treatments such as the application of vinyl or plastic film to the glass can help minimize sound passing through your window panes. However, the noise reduction will be minimal so don’t expect outside noise to disappear entirely.
The most recommended soundproofing measures from the experts involves the use of a two window system. This basically involves the addition of a second, soundproofed window behind your existing glass panes. The system sports a huge 75% noise reduction and means that your existing windows do not need to be removed.
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