If you live on a busy city street, chances are you will have issues with noise entering your home. Passing motor vehicles, men at work, noisy neighbors and other intrusive noises may constantly keep you awake. It may also keep you from enjoying your own entertainment devices. It can be difficult to hear the television or radio when noise is blaring from outside. If you are having any of these issues then your windows are probably too thin. You can replace the windows in a room or the whole house with ones that are soundproof to solve the problem.
How much noise can soundproof windows really block?
The term soundproof doesn't mean that all noise will be eliminated, it simply means that the noise coming through the windows will be greatly reduced. Sounds with low frequencies are harder to block than those with high frequency. This means that, it may be harder to block out the low, irritating sound of the garbage truck grinding garbage, than it is to block out your neighbor's noisy dog. When purchasing soundproof windows ask the sales person about how the windows rate on the sound transmission scale (STC). The higher the rating the more noise the windows can block.
How much will soundproof windows costs?
Replacing one window could cost $900 to $1700. This includes the cost of the window in addition to installation.
Other alternatives for blocking out noise?
Since replacing your windows with soundproof ones can be a bit pricey, here are some cheaper alternatives you may want to try before investing in sound proof windows.
- Mask any noise that is coming from outside by making your house a little less quiet inside, especially if you are trying to sleep. Try buying a sleep machine that plays the sound of the ocean or some other soothing sound you find appealing.
- Fabric does a lot to block out noise. You can hang thick blackout curtains at your windows to reduce the noise level inside. Other ways to soak up unwanted sound is to place rugs in the home. Buy furniture that is covered in fabrics as well, since all of these will help to absorb any noise that comes into a room.
- Get some potted plants. Plants help to absorb sound that is coming into a room. The absorption of sound takes place through their leaves, stems and barks.
You do not have to suffer from excessive noise that comes from outside and into your home. There are several options that you can try to help give you the peace and quiet you deserve. Talk to places like Advance Exteriors Inc. for more information on window replacements.