Energy-efficient replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen® provide many benefits, ranging from better energy efficiency and lower energy bills to a more comfortable interior and a boost in curb appeal.
Another major benefit of turning to Renewal by Andersen for your window installation is a reduction in noise levels in your home. Our high-quality windows are specially designed to block sound from outside, resulting in a quieter and more peaceful living space for you and your family.
In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen® of Cincinnati, your local source of the best double-hung and casement windows, explains how our windows reduce noise transmission. We will also discuss other ways noise can be blocked inside and outside the home.
Our Noise-Reducing Windows
Our replacement window units are equipped with High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass, which has special coatings to allow natural light to pass through while blocking ultraviolet and infrared rays. The low-emissivity (low-E) coating keeps your furniture and other interior essentials from fading. It also prevents heat from penetrating your indoors during summer and escaping from your home during winter.
As with the other glass packages we offer, our double hung windows are also designed to block sound from the outside from entering your home. Combining a PVB interlayer with our impact-resistant glass helps in sound wave interference, leading to a peaceful, noise-free home.
Thanks to the glass composition of our replacement windows, the annoying dog barking outside and the loud garbage trucks at 6 am will no longer be a nuisance for you. If noise reduction is important to you, then you can’t go wrong with a window installation from Renewal by Andersen.
About the Sound Transmission Class Ratings
Windows, like other building materials such as flooring, doors, and walls, have the ability to reduce noise transmission. The sound transmission class rating (STC) is a measurement of how much noise the window can block.
The rating system is similar to the Richter scale, which is used to measure the size of earthquakes, in that it follows a logarithmic pattern. This means each rating is significantly higher than the one preceding it. STC ratings range from 18 to 38—the higher the rating of a material, the better it is at preventing noise.
In the context of casement windows and other window styles, STC ratings vary depending on the glazing. Single-pane units are rated between 26 to 28, while double-paned ones are rated between 26 and 33. Most of our replacement windows fall within the latter category—two panes of glass with argon gas fill in between. This, combined with the thickness of the glass, allows our windows to achieve better STC ratings.
Most of our replacement windows have an STC rating of 34, which means that the majority of outside sound is blocked from entering your home. Replacing your old units with new ones from Renewal by Andersen can make a dramatic difference in soundproofing your home.
Getting Rid of Noise at Home
In some cases, installing double-hung windows as a way of keeping the noise down is not enough. With noise pollution a problem in many neighborhoods, it is important that you are aware of the materials you can use and the methods you can apply to help ensure calm and peace in your home.
Certain home maintenance tasks can be done to reduce noise. For one, check for any squeaks your wooden floors or door hinges. Be sure to re-nail loose floor planks and reinforce joints. For the door hinges, use an oil-based lubricant. Repair or replace the hinges if they have accumulated rust.
Equipping your casement windows with soft curtains is also one way to block noise further. The curtains can absorb interior room sounds and marginally reduce outdoor noise. Soft curtains come in many different styles and sizes.
Installing interior doors with a compact core is also something to consider. Hollow ones are not very good at blocking sound. For this project, you can choose from a variety of core materials—composite, solid or particleboard. With these door components, you’ll notice a big difference in noise reduction.
Our window installation will ensure your new units are tightly sealed to prevent drafts and sound. Do the same for your new interior doors by applying high-density foam tape, the best material for preventing noise.
Renewal by Andersen of Cincinnati offers windows that are built and installed to exact measurements and specifications for your home. Expect them to deliver superior performance, with the combination of our high-performance glass and our exclusive Fibrex® composite frame material.
We offer a wide range of customization options. Highlight the beauty of your new doors or windows by choosing from our large selection of exterior colors, interior finishes, grilles, and hardware. Our units are backed by the strongest warranties as well, giving you extra peace of mind that your investment is protected.
Reach out to our pros today to learn more about how our double hung windows or any window style of your choosing can help control noise in your home. Call us at (513) 283-8981 or fill out our contact form to request a free in-home consultation. We serve residents of Cincinnati and West Chester, OH.