Many people have trouble falling asleep at night due to stress, inconsistent sleeping patterns, or a myriad of other issues. The last thing they need is a noisy neighbor blasting music at midnight. Others like to take a few minutes of quiet out of their day to relax and refocus their thoughts but a busy street nearby simply will not allow them. Still others, our more creative neighbors, have spent countless hours perfecting their skills on a musical instrument and have invested in recording equipment, but alas every recording is littered with the sounds coming in from outside their home. What do all of these people have in common? They could benefit from soundproof windows.
If you can identify with any of these scenarios or, have noticed that your home is disturbed by the sounds of the outside world, then soundproof windows may be just the solution for you. Superior Windows offers soundproof windows in its line of service, but we would like to go a step further and clue you in on exactly what soundproof windows do for you. Soundproof windows cannot stop 100% of the sound coming into your home, but they do come close. The amount of sound that a window can block out is determined by its STC rating, an abbreviation for Sound Transmission Class. The higher the STC rating, the more sound is blocked out. Humans have a hearing range of 20 Hz to 20,000 kHz, and the STC rating of an object is taken by measuring the sound reduction taking place at 18 of these frequencies.
Looking at all of these numbers, you may be asking “What are the actual results?” Regular single-pane windows have an STC rating of about 27 and at this level normal conversations can be heard through your windows. You had better hope your neighbors are not the gossip types. Good dual-pane windows have an STC rating around the mid-thirties. At this level, louder speech is still heard but may not necessarily be understandable. Soundproof windows have STC ratings of around the mid-forties and higher. These windows prevent loud speech from coming in at all. Loud sounds such as marching bands or speaker systems can still be heard but at significantly reduced volumes.
Make your home a quiet home. Call Superior Window Company today and ask about our soundproof windows!