Many Southern California homeowners live in close proximity to noisy freeways and busy surface streets. San Diego residents are no different, whether it’s an annoying dog barking or you live close to the airport, outdoor noise can be a major nuisance that disrupts sleep and invades your home with unwanted noise pollution. Old windows can be the main culprit in allowing noise to seep into San Diego houses.
Replacing old windows with newer single pane windows won’t solve the problem, unfortunately. Replacing single pane aluminum frame windows with dual pane windows with vinyl frames, however, can slightly reduce outdoor noise intrusion. If your home already features dual pane windows and noise is problematic? Dual pane windows with dissimilar glass will give your San Diego home the results you’re looking for. Dissimilar dual pane windows feature the combination of an outer pane that’s thicker with an interior pane slightly less thick. The dissimilar thickness of the outer and inner panes blocks more sound waves than two panes of glass that are the same thickness.
If your noise problem is drastic, laminated glass may be the answer to quiet your home. In this case a dual pane is used, but the inner pane is actually two panes that are laminated together, providing an incredible amount of noise reduction to your San Diego home.
If noise reduction windows are a possible upgrade to your San Diego residence, you want to be sure your new windows have a higher STC rating then the old windows you’re replacing. STC stands for sound transmission class. Average single pane windows have an STC rating of 27, while the average dual pane window only has an STC rating of 28. The higher the rating number the better the window is at reducing sound wave intrusions. In the case of your basic single and double pane window the difference is almost insignificant. Double pane dissimilar glass and laminated dual pane windows have STC ratings typically in the 45 to 50 range. That’s a significant amount of San Diego noise kept out of your peaceful home.
Noise reduction window builds can also be constructed using low-E coatings making them energy efficient, reducing not only sound but heat, in the warm summer months.