Your Guide to Sound Resistant Windows
We all know that constant loud sounds can cause stress. But recent research shows that not only does excessively loud noise cause changes in blood pressure, it also can change sleep and digestive patterns. In the European Union, living near an airport is actually considered a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. This explains why window and door manufacturers and architects alike are designing more acoustically controlled products and surroundings.
Why Do We Need Sound Resistant Windows?
A home is an escape. If it’s a quiet home, it’s a 50 dB escape regardless of the noise outside.
Sound can be perceived by the human ear as pleasurable or annoying depending upon the circumstances surrounding the event. The roar of a jet engine taking off for Hawaii, great if you’re going on a week-long vacation. But if you work in an office building next to the airport, the sound may be an annoyance that happens too many times a day.
So here’s the challenge for fenestration openings:
Since glass is a very light, very stiff material, it’s not an ideal material for insulating against sound. However, there are things that can be done to reduce sound transmission through glass. The way a window and door is designed can contribute to controlling sound transmission on any project.
Determining the acoustical performance of glass or a window requires careful consideration of the application in which the glass will be used. Here at Marvin Architectural reducing sound entering your home through a combination of tried and tested sound absorbing techniques is always on the agenda.
Recently the Marvin Architectural technical team designed and tested a window for its acoustical performance. The results were staggering, a 50% decrease in sound level. *contact Marvin Architectural on 02085698222 for more information on their 50% sound reduction windows.