What are soundproof window inserts?
Soundproofing window inserts are 1/4" thick, laminated glass panels, installed between your existing window and your window treatments (blinds, shades, shutters, curtains, drapes). We do not have to replace or modify your existing window in any way.
We have three types of soundproofing window inserts:
- Operating insert – This insert operates just like a regular sliding window. The lower sash slides up and down or side-to-side to match the operation of existing sliding windows. With existing windows that crank outward (casement style), we use the type that slides up from the bottom to provide access to the crank handle. This insert is the best choice for customers who regularly open their windows on the noisy side of the building. This is the most expensive option due to the higher cost of manufacturing.
- Single-piece insert – This removable panel is the most popular soundproofing window insert. It is the least expensive and most effective insert because it has the least number of places to contribute sound leakage. You remove it by pulling to release the magnetic frame from the steel frame. It meets the fire code for ingress and egress and has no cross bars to interfere with your view. It's the best choice for customers who don't open their windows daily on the noisy side of the building.
- Two-piece insert – This insert has two panels: an upper and lower. This upper/lower "split" makes it easier for customers to open their existing windows, because they only have to remove the lower panel to access the lock on their existing window. The cross bar is positioned in the same place as the cross bar of the existing window to lessen interference with your view. This insert is a good choice for customers who regularly open their windows on the noisy side of the building but want to keep costs down. We also accommodate customers who have a left/right sliding configuration.
The frame is two parts: the magnetic/vinyl that fits around the edges of the laminated glass and the steel L-angle that attaches to the wall. The magnetic half of the frame sticks to the steel half of the frame, creating an active seal. The steel frame is 26 gauge, coated galvanized steel with a rolled edge. We brad-nail it to the wall and caulk it to form a tight seal. The magnetic frame is vinyl with a UV inhibitor, rated at .9 pounds per linear foot of holding power.
All components are warranted against defect and workmanship as long as you own your home.
Sound and Noise Ordinances
Sound Meter Apps for Smartphones
Sound meter apps can help you determine differences in noise contribution of your walls and windows. Although, they are not as accurate as dedicated sound meters in terms of decibels, they will give you direct feedback regarding where the biggest sound problems are. Review the study by the CDC on smartphone sound measurement apps.