Noise pollution is a problem for many homeowners across the UK. Living by a road, an airport or within a busy urban area can mean that a lot of outside noise finds its way into your home, which can be a nuisance when trying to hear the TV, when having conversations and when trying to sleep. Houses and flats located near to motorways or A roads, and those close to factories or industrial areas tend to suffer the most, but even a more remote property on the coast can find that seagulls and crashing waves cause a disturbance. So how can you help to cut the noise pollution in order to create a peaceful home environment? Replacing your single or double glazed units with acoustic glazing may be the answer.
Sound: The Basics
When you hear sound, you’re actually listening to a form of energy. When noise is produced by something or someone, vibrating molecules are sent out as sound waves. These waves can travel through solid (glass, for instance), liquid or gas (the air). The length of the sound wave and how many are emitted per second will change how high or low the pitch of the sound is. The volume of noise is measured in decibels (dB), with a busy main road being between 70 and 100 decibels. A jet engine taking off can be up to 140 dB, so for those living directly under a flightpath close to an airport, the noise can really affect their day-to-day lives. In contrast, conversational speech comes in at around 60 dB, so being close to high level noise may be more than a little frustrating.
Acoustic Double Glazed Units: How It Works
To help reduce the noise pollution, we can offer acoustic glass as an upgrade to double glazed units throughout your home. When sound waves reach the glazing, the laminated surface reflects some of the sound back away from the window. The gas-filled space between the two panes of glass (which makes it double glazing) will absorb the noise further, with just a small percentage of the noise managing to get through into the home. Acoustic glass is constructed with heat/pressure bonded glass sheets, which are held together with PVB (polyvinyl butyral) layers. These ‘soak up’ more of the sound that passes through the window than ordinary double glazing could, and is certainly much more proficient in reducing noise when compared to single glazed windows.
Other Ways To Help Cut Noise Pollution
Your window frame can also affect the amount of noise which passes through into your home, so if you’re having acoustic glass fitted within existing frames, you may want to check that they’re not hampering your efforts first. Very old, damaged or warped frames will not be as insulating (for both noise and temperature) than newer frames. Timber window frames are particularly good at absorbing noise pollution, but uPVC and aluminium will also do a good job.
If you’re interested in replacing your existing double glazed units, or in having new windows or doors fitted with an acoustic glass upgrade, please get in touch by using our contact form or by calling 0345 145 0130.