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Noice Reduction

Keep the noise down with new windows

June 15, 2016

Whether you are purchasing a new house or you are concerned with noise levels around your family home, there’s one change that can make a significant difference. So, just because your dream home isn’t in the quietest of neighborhoods does not mean that you should settle for anything less than your heart’s desire!

If your home is located near a main road, a railway line, or another busy area of this city, this kind of noise pollution can be particularly disturbing. It can also be difficult for homeowners to sell their property if prospective buyers hear all that noise around them. By keeping the noise from penetrating your home, you can host viewings at any time of the day without worrying about buyers trying to knock your price down too much.

The first thing you need to do is walk around your home and inspect all of the windows. Look for any signs of leaking and water infiltration. If air and water passes through the cracks, then you can be sure that they are not as soundproof as they should be. Take a look at the windows as well as the frames. Inspect each one and decide which ones need replacing. In some cases you might only need to retrofit and, in other cases, you’ll need a full replacement. It all depends on the degree of damage and the quality of the current windows.

Once you have determined which windows you’d like to upgrade, you should take the time to consider the added advantages of triple glazed windows. Double glazed windows offer a fair amount of noise and weather insulation whereas triple layered windows have that added layer to keep your home quieter and improve energy efficiency. If you have any windows in your home that you use purely for lighting and you basically never open them, then consider replacing them with fixed casement windows. These windows offer the added advantage of superior insulation. Since they don’t open, and they don’t have any moving parts, you don’t need to worry about air or water getting into your home!

By replacing your windows, you will also be able to host parties without worrying about disturbing your neighbors. Just as these new windows keep exterior noise out, they also keep interior noise in! So, you can play music a bit louder than usual without causing a public disturbance – provided you keep the windows and doors closed of course.

In addition to replacing your windows, you should also take a close look at your entry door, patio door, and any other doors that lead to the exterior of your home. Like your windows, you need to make sure that there’s no air or water infiltration. In some cases, you might need to perform some basic maintenance. However, if the damage to your doors is extensive, then replacement is your best solution. Other soundproofing techniques include installing soundproof ceiling panels and you can even insulate your walls with soundproof material if need be. Before investing in these potentially costly changes, it’s good to start with your windows and doors. It’s also good to remember that the best results are achieved by having a professional perform the installations. With all the right equipment and expertise, your windows and doors will be installed correctly and quickly so that you don’t have to endure unnecessary delays or poor results.

For a free in-house estimate and professional advice, call Alma Windows and Doors at (416) 661-9915.

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