How Effective is Double Glazing at Reducing Noise

31 January 2023

How well does double glazing block out noise? This is a question we receive frequently, and we are happy to answer it. Double glazing can reduce noise to varying degrees depending on a number of variables, but generally speaking, it can be quite effective. Here’s what you need to know.

How Does It Work?

A barrier between a building’s interior and exterior is created by double glazing, which lowers noise pollution. A small air gap serves as insulation between the two glass panes in a double-glazed window. By dampening and absorbing sound waves, this air gap makes it more difficult for outside noise to enter the building. The sound-insulating capabilities of double-glazed windows can also be increased by using laminated glass or special coatings.

Type of Glazing

Double glazing can effectively reduce both the frequency and the volume of sound. Therefore, it is possible to significantly reduce loud noises like music, traffic, or construction. The type of double glazing you install, along with the size and shape of your windows, will affect how much noise reduction you experience. For instance, windows with multiple panes will further absorb sound, and thicker glass will absorb sound more effectively than thinner glass.

Position of Glazing

In addition to the type of glazing you use, insulation and window positioning can also have an impact on how well double glazing reduces noise. If your windows are not installed correctly or if they are in an area with insufficient insulation, noise may still enter your home.

Frame Materials

UPVC Frames

UPVC, is a type of plastic frequently used in the manufacture of windows and doors. Although it is renowned for its longevity and low maintenance needs, its sound insulation capabilities pale in comparison to those of materials like wood or aluminium. If UPVC windows are installed with double glazing, the air space between the two panes of glass can function as an insulator to lessen sound transmission. However, UPVC won’t significantly reduce noise on its own. The size of the glass panel, seal, and thickness of the UPVC frame are also significant factors in the sound insulation capabilities of the window.

Aluminium Frames

Using double glazing when installing aluminium window frames can help with noise reduction. Since the aluminium frame itself is a good conductor of sound, it cannot significantly reduce noise by itself. Additionally, insulation material like foam can be inserted inside the aluminium frame to further improve the window’s sound-insulating capabilities. Keep in mind that the glass panel’s size and the seal around the aluminium frame both affect how well the window insulates sound.

Double glazing with either UPVC or aluminium frames can be effective for noise reduction, but in general, aluminium frames typically perform better.

The main justification for this is that aluminium is a less porous and stronger material than UPVC. Since aluminium frames have a solid construction, they are less likely to warp or bend over time. This can help to maintain a tight seal around the window and lessen sound transmission.

In general, double glazing is one of the best methods for muting noise in a house. With the right setup and installation, you can enjoy a quieter environment free from outside noise pollution. If you want to raise the standard and comfort of your home, it’s a financial commitment worth making.

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