Our Noise Reduction Windows
If you are suffering from noise pollution in your home, and just want a quiet nights sleep, or some peace and quiet in your living room, you have come to the right place.
What Noise Reduction Window Solutions are available?
You will no doubt be aware that there are various options that can help combat the problem of noise pollution in your home. The 3 most common options on the market are:
- Secondary Glazing - a separate glass panel that fits behind your current window
- Noise Reduction Glass - acoustic glass that replaces the glass in your window frame
- Noise Reduction Windows - bespoke acoustically designed timber framed windows
1. Secondary Glazing (average performance)
This solution opts for the addition of a secondary sheet of glass in a frame which can dampen a certain amount of noise. This is most likely your cheapest option and noise reduction isn't as substantial as with other solutions. They are not the most aesthetically pleasing option and they also highlight to potential future buyers of your home that there is a noise problem.
noise reduction: Average visual appearance: Poor overall: Average
2. Noise Reduction Glass (poorest performance)
Replacing the current glass with acoustic glass, this solution can be mildly effective so long as there are no other problems with your window frames - for example unseen gaps and poor fitting/alignment. In most cases however, we wouldn't recommend this option since sound not only passes through the glass, but through the frame and gaps.
noise reduction: Poor visual appearance: Average overall: Poor
3. Noise Reduction Windows (best performance)
Expertly designed and incorporating noise reduction glass and superior quality timber frames, Hugo Carter Noise Reduction Windows are installed with acoustic performance fitting materials to ensure the very best in soundproofing your home. The difference in performance between these windows and other options on the market is night & day, and you can hear the difference in any one of our videos and client testimonials below.
noise reduction: V.Good visual appearance: V.Good overall: Best (V.Good)
How Do Noise Reduction Windows Work?
Sound is a pressure wave that is measured in decibels (dB), a logarithmic unit that increases exponentially, which denotes the power or intensity of the wave. Noise reduction glass is specifically designed to reduce this intensity by reducing the wave's power. It does this by utilising the naturally occurring resonant frequencies in two different thicknesses of glass.
Simply put; the wave is unable to resonate at the frequency, and with the power, it wants to, effectively losing energy as it tries to pass through the panes. By utilising panes which have different thicknesses, noise reduction glass basically disturbs the sound wave, causing it to reduce in intensity before it gets into your house. As such, noise reduction glass offers reductions of 35 dB – 55 dB (and potentially more), which is a marked decrease when you consider the following:
- A difference of 1 dB is practically unnoticeable.
- A difference of 3 dB is just perceptible
- A difference of 5 dB represents a clear difference
- A difference of 10 dB perceptibly halves/doubles the noise.
If that's still confusing, put it like this – the optimal internal noise level for a living room or bedroom is around 30 dB. Disturbances from the outside world can take this up to 75 dB, which can be a real pain.
With our total solution, this needn’t be a concern anymore. Levels will be reduced by half, back down to 30 dB, returning peace to your property.
Perhaps all these numbers aren’t your thing, so click here to HEAR the difference for yourself!
Our Noise Reduction Solution
In order to get the best results in reducing your home’s noise pollution levels, at Hugo Carter we have started from the ground up and have manufactured a solution for Sash and casement windows that isn't available anywhere else.
Our engineers have managed to achieve startling results by going further than anyone, tweaking the minutest details. Just to give you an idea, the following are some of the steps we've taken to create the total solution.
Utilising a combination of timber which further reduce the noise. A combination of rubber and silicone seals to better absorb reverberation Placing noise dampening elements within the sash box to prevent noise penetrating through. Finishing elements with sound dampening materials Incorporating Pilkington and Saint Gobain noise reduction glass; the best glass manufacturers on the market for noise reduction. Unique installation and sealant method for complete protection.
The Best Solution For You?
To see if our bespoke noise reduction sash and casement windows are the right solution for your home, please call our team who are always happy to help and can provide a great deal more information on our range products.
We offer a FREE consultation by calling
0203 908 0008 from one of our highly trained surveyors who will be delighted to talk you through the best option for your property.