From living fences and barrier trees, to high-performance window replacement products, there are many ways to combat noise pollution. Living close to busy highways or industrial areas can expose you and your home to unhealthy levels of noise pollution. Luckily, proper planning can reduce these effects, and this includes choosing the right replacement windows.
It’s not easy to ignore noise but it’s easy to overlook the effect it has on your well being. Taking steps to shield yourself from noise pollution can go a long way in keeping your stress levels low. Here are a few tips from our experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Portland on how you can design a quieter and more relaxing home by choosing the right replacement windows.
Single-Pane vs. Double-Pane Windows
The biggest advantage of double-pane replacement windows is the excellent insulation they provide. Not only do they help reduce heat transfer in and out of your home, but these windows can also reduce noise pollution. Studies have shown that double- and triple-pane windows are more effective at blocking out noise than their single-pane counterparts.
Renewal by Andersen has improved upon this benefit by introducing noise reduction windows. These windows have an additional interlayer of PVB, which has a different density than regular glass. Because of this difference, sound waves cannot propagate enough to pass through the window, leading to a quieter and more peaceful interior.
How Much Noise Reduction Is Possible?
Noise reduction in window replacement products is measured by the unit’s sound transition class (STC) rating. For windows, these numbers range between 18 and 38. Renewal by Andersen replacement windows have an STC of 34, which means they provide excellent noise reduction.
Ask our window replacement professionals at Renewal by Andersen of Portland about how noise-reducing windows can help your home. Call today at or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Portland, OR, as well as other surrounding areas.