From Jennifer on May 6th, 2009 in Window Replacement
As the mother of what I lovingly refer to as “noisy boys,” I can assure you I’m all about the golden tones of silence. If there’s anything that can rival the sound coming from within my four walls, it’s the ruckus that can permeate my home from the outside. While we enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the country, it can be punctuated by the sounds of planes flying in and out of Dulles International, trains rumbling just a couple of miles away, big rigs echoing down I66 behind the property abutting ours.
Anything that will bring more peace and serenity to my life is a welcome change. Soundproof windows might be just the thing I add to my honey-do list. You know what I’m aiming for, but here are 15 reasons you might want to consider soundproof windows for your home, too.
- You won’t have to listen to the trouble your kids are getting into once you’ve finally gotten them out of the house.
- No more Planes, Trains and Automobiles - unless, of course, you happen to be in the mood for Steve Martin and John Candy.
- Things that go bump in the night (or howl, growl, or grumble) won’t keep you up (no promises about the snoring, though).
- Noisy neighbors will be easier to ignore; for nosy neighbors, though, you’ll need some drapes over those soundproof windows.
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- On a more serious note – you don’t have to replace your existing windows, soundproof windows can be installed behind your current windows and operated simultaneously.
- It’s a tough market for sellers these days, an extra amenity like soundproof windows gives you a bit of an edge over comparable homes without them.
- As a second barrier between outside conditions and your home’s interior, soundproof windows increase your home’s energy efficiency.
- Increased efficiency means a more comfortable atmosphere and less dollars spent on heating and air conditioning.
- Soundproof windows will essentially eliminate one of my most dreaded chores: cleaning out the shmutz that collects in the inner window sills. The window additions keep 99% of dirt and drafts out.
- No permits or approvals are needed to alter your home with the addition of soundproof windows.
- They do not have to be permanent fixtures and can be removed at any time.
- Soundproof windows are part of the Energy Star program and can qualify for federal tax credits.
- Insulated concrete blocks (ICFs) are soundproof, but if you build with them, your home may still let in a significant amount of noise (about 90 percent of all noise that enters a home comes through doors and windows). Soundproof windows coupled with an ICF home make for the ultimate symphony of silence.
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- While we like soaking up the sun, it’s not always pretty when our drapes and other interior features fade into the woodwork due to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Soundproof windows reduce 99.9 percent of color-fading, unhealthy ultraviolet light.
- Soundproof windows are very durable and work well with any existing window type, so even when you’re too old to get up and look out your windows, they’ll still be keeping you from hearing whatever it is out there.