If you live in an urban setting or in an older home with single-pane windows, it’s natural to wonder, “Will new windows help with noise?” There’s good news for you, the answer is “yes!” Replacing your windows is the best step you can take to dramatically reduce noise in your home. Here’s why…
Will New Windows Help With Noise?
Without getting too technical, sound transmits more easily through windows than any other part of the house. Windows are the point of least resistance for the sound waves. While there are steps that you can take to help absorb the sound (i.e. installing curtains, potted plants), new windows with the latest glass technology are the most effective option. It’s no doubt a significant investment, but well worth it if outside noise is of major concern to you.
Best Window Glass Options for Reducing Noise
There are multiple window options that can do the job in reducing noise, but the best option for you will depend on your preferences (cost, energy efficiency, durability, etc.). The first decision to be made is between double-pane or triple-pane. Double-pane windows are cheaper, but triple-pane might be the way to go if you have a severe noise issue. Laminated glass and double weatherstripping should also be a consideration. Here’s a breakdown of each:
- Cost generally ranges from $350-550 per window.
- Typically filled with argon gas.
- Laminated glass is primarily used in double-pane windows (see below for benefits of laminated glass).
Triple Pane Windows:
- Cost generally ranges from $450-650 per window.
- Typically filled with krypton gas.
- Extremely durable and the most energy efficient option.
Laminated Glass/Double Weatherstripping
- Laminated glass is known for its sound reducing capabilities. So much so that it’s used in many soundproof music studios. Using this glass can add about $60-90 of cost for each window. For more information on laminated glass, visit this page on our website.
- Double weatherstripping usually comes standard with any double-pane or triple pane window, but it’s another component that helps noise reduction compared to older (single-pane) windows. It seals space that otherwise would be allowing in noise.
The other benefits of both of these types of windows shouldn’t be overlooked either:
- Heating and cooling systems will work more efficiently, reducing your energy bill.
- Low-E glass coatings block up to 90% of ultraviolet rays to protect furniture, window treatments and flooring from fade damage.
- Reduces possibility of frost and condensation on your windows.
If you’re thinking about replacing your windows and live in the greater Sacramento area, reach out to Glass West today for a free quote!