It’s So Noisy in Our Neighbourhood
All too often (every Sunday morning) someone in the neighbourhood is out with their lawn mower cutting their grass. Then they get their weed trimmer going. You wanted rest but a bunch of your neighbours have other priorities.
That’s how it is in most neighbourhoods – a constant parade of noisy machinery spoiling your bliss. And if you’re near a major roadway, the round-the-clock, truck, car and motorcycle traffic is deafening.
Reducing that noise and keeping your home noise levels lower can improve your living comfort and perhaps raise the resale value of your home.
Besides the annoyance, noise can have adverse health effects such as:
- Poor sleep
How Noise Gets In
Window glass is a porous material and it’s thin so noise can pass right through the glass itself. With double or triple pane windows, you might see a 30 decibel drop in noise levels and this can be measured in units called the sound transmission coefficient (STC).
Of course, there are other sources. Noise can get in via doors, around window units, and right through walls as well as through fireplaces.
How To Reduce Noise
Installing new windows is bound to reduce your noise levels from your current levels. There are two main factors to reducing noise with windows: 1. The window technology itself, such as the number of panes, thickness of the glass, use of vinyl frames, and 2. Professional installation which ensures the window is seated properly in the frame and that vibration and leaks are avoided.
No amount of noise reduction through the window itself will suffice if noise comes in around the frame. Good installation prevents vibration and other problems long after installation. And all noise vibration. If sound waves (vibration in air or solid materials) are absorbed, they do not pass to your ears.
With custom designed windows, you may choose to have them built to include:
- thicker gauge glass
- triple panes
- laminate glass
- large gaps between panes
- vinyl windows
There are anecdotes about homeowners selling their homes for more and although I don’t have any to tell you about, it stands to reason that noise coming in while a realtor is showing a home will affect the buyer’s impression of the living environment. That’s especially true if you live near the airport or a major roadway.
Besides reducing noise in your home, quality windows can do a lot to reduce your energy bills. Find out more about reducing your energy bills, how energy efficient windows work, and how energy is lost through windows.