There are many instances where it would be advantageous to have soundproof windows. Whether you live on a noisy block, have close neighbors, or have a rock band, a soundproof window is worth the extra cost.
Although there isn't one particular glass that is classified as "soundproof," there are types of glass specially made to reduce sound penetration. One company in the industry, The Andersen Window & Door Company, offers a High Performance™ Low E4™glass whose dense consistency accomplishes exactly that. In addition, this glass reduces water spotting by 99%, increases energy efficiency by 25%, and works to reduce the sun's harmful rays.
The High Performance line offers three different pane options that offer this sound-reducing quality.
. Low E4. This glass is more energy efficient than regular double-pane windows, blocking 84% of the sun's ultraviolet rays.
. Low E4 Sun Glass. This glass has more tint, allowing only 26% solar heat gain compared to 42% on just the regular Low E4.
. Low E4 SmartSun Glass. This glass fights the sun even more, blocking 95% of the rays and only allowing 28% solar heat gain.
This chart breaks down the performance ratings of the various windows, allowing you to compare and contrast the sound transmission ratings. You'll notice the impact resistant varieties offer higher ratings than the other Low E4 lines: Performance Ratings.
The Andersen Company separates its windows into three different lines: the 200 Series, the 400 Series, and the Architectural Line. The 200 Series provides a number of standard-size windows with solid wood frames and double-paned glass. Both the 400 Series and the Architectural Line are more custom and allow for you to include one of the Low E4 options.
Andersen Windows & Doors has over a hundred-year track record of producing quality products. They stand behind their wood-framed products, offering transferable warranties. The glass comes with a 20-year warranty, and the rest of the components come with a 10-year warranty. Proper installation of the windows also contributes to the effectiveness of the sound-barrier. The installer should be sure to make an air-tight seal around the window with caulking and insulation. Request free estimates from prescreened installers in your area.
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