20 Apr Staving Off Summer Soundwaves With Replacement Windows
Dogs are barking, kids outside are playing loudly, and the ice cream truck is making yet another round through the neighborhood.
Such is the symphony of summer in the neighborhood. But when the raucous sounds of the season begin to stress you out, you can’t just turn down the volume in an effort to provide yourself with a quiet break. Or can you?
Before you fall victim to noise-related overwhelm this summer, we encourage you to consider soundproofing your home with new windows.
Rating The Sweet Sound Of Silence
Many building materials today, including that of windows, are rated according to their sound transmission class (STC). That is, the rating of a window is indicative of its ability to dampen extraneous noise. The higher the rating, the better it will be at reducing sound.
“The sound transmission class was designed primarily for assessing the sound-insulation value of walls and floors for use between dwelling units in apartment buildings and similar structures,” as explained in a 1962 print of the Journal of Acoustical Society of America.
General STC ratings for windows today range between 18 and 38. The average single-pane window is approximately rated at a 27.
Double-Pane, Double Benefits
Property owners seeking to replace their windows with a model that is more effective at reducing sound will find that double-pane windows present an excellent option.
Double-pane windows — which accrue an average STC rating between 26 and 32 — efficiently reduce noise thanks to their enhanced insulation capabilities. This is because they are designed with two panes of glass, between which a layer of gas (typically argon) is sandwiched.
Thus, not only will a double-pane window provide optimized energy efficiency at the height of the season, but it will also dampen the sound in order to better foster a more tranquil indoor environment.
Soundproofing Your Summer
Nothing says “summer relaxation” quite like being able to bask in the cool, calm, quiet space you’ve created for yourself. And when you live in Florida, it’s only natural to want to keep both the seasonal heat and the noise at bay!
That’s why, here at Renewal by Andersen® of Florida, we offer industry-leading windows that are also equipped with an exclusive Fibrex® composite frame material. Not only will Fibrex® help to tightly secure the window itself, but it will also ensure no sound can leak in around the frame!
Why wait to find the peace and quiet you deserve when you can create it for yourself?
To schedule a FREE consultation and learn more about how Renewal by Andersen® of Florida can help you soundproof your windows, contact us today by calling (855) 830-2420! We look forward to providing you with ultimate satisfaction.