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Author Topic: Why use soundproofing.org?  (Read 7026 times)

mjm9813

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Why use soundproofing.org?
« on: May 10, 2006, 08:11:43 PM »

I have a 72x58 window in my bedroom, with a loud street directly behind it. I have researched all the websites regarding soundproofing. I think I am pretty set on adding a second window, 2 inches from the existing window, to block the noise. Instead of paying $1000+ for one of these companies to come out and install a second window, why don't I just go to home depot and buy a second window for $200 and install it myself. I guess my question has to do with why use soundproof.org's or whoever's product verses just going to get a second window from a hardware store.  


Thanks

Read up on it at: http://www.soundproofing.org/options_sound_control_for_windows.htm

You'll see.

BJ Nash
Super Soundproofing

johnbergstromslc

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Re: Why use soundproofing.org?
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2006, 10:25:13 PM »

Yeah, a second window will help a lot, no matter where you get it.  Just make sure you do some good sealing and install it correctly, so the frame isn't racked and it closes nice and tight.

Hickory_Stick

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Re: Why use soundproofing.org?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2006, 04:44:38 AM »

Why not?  Are you so very afraid they might make a small profit?  Don't you know it costs $$$ to put up this forum and staff it with experts?



Or would would you want to learn from other morons like you?



Hick

johnbergstromslc

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Re: Why use soundproofing.org?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2006, 09:20:29 PM »

I think he was just commenting on the fact that by installing his own secondary window (something most people can't do) he can get decent sound reduction at the lowest possible price versus spending 5-10 times as much to have a custom 'soundproof' window made and only get a marginal amount better performance.

I agree with him.  I have looked into these so-called 'soundproof' windows and they are far less than they are billed up to be.  The glass isn't that much thicker and the frame is nearly identical to an ordinary window.  Not much enough difference to justify the cost.

supersoundproofing

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Re: Why use soundproofing.org?
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2006, 06:40:35 PM »

Super Soundproofing does not sell that type of window he describes anyway.  "Soundproof Windows" does.

http://www.soundproofwindows.com

The ones we sell are a simple interior inside the frame type- very inexpensive.  The buyer obtains the window glass (or plastic) locally.



See

http://www.soundproofing.org/options_sound_control_for_windows.htm



BJ Nash

mjm9813

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Re: Why use soundproofing.org?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2006, 01:22:36 PM »

Project complete! This weekend I installed the window in my house. Once I got it up, I shimmed it to get it square then screwed it in place. I didn't really notice a big reduction in sound....until I injected spray foam into gap around the window frame. Once the foam expanded and created an air tight seal, I could not believe the results. The sound from the road behind the house was nearly completely eliminated. Mission Accomplished! Although I did not go with supersound proofings products for money reasons, I still feel that I need to give them a plug for this great board. So.......adding a second window behind your existing window is definately the way to go. My results were way beyond my expectation.
-Matt

johnbergstromslc

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Re: Why use soundproofing.org?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2006, 03:23:36 AM »

Good work, MJM.  Sealing is definitely the key.

As I mentioned, it doesn't much matter if you get a 'regular' window or go with an expensive 'soundproof' one.  If a manufacturer would use thicker glass (3/8" or even 1/2") then it might be worthwhile, even though it would add to the cost.

The sound reduction comes by creating the air cavity, just like in a wall.  The small space in a double-glazed window unit (~1/4") isn't enough.  A few inches works a lot better.  

pamela

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Re: Why use soundproofing.org?
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2006, 12:07:06 AM »

At what size  does the airspace become ineffective at blocking sound?  For instance, is 4 inches too big?

What is the optimal space?

I would be interested in hearing more about the sealing process.  What products can be used by your do-it-yourselfer?  Would just sealing your exisitng window be the first step  in blocking sound?

Thank you for your advice.

scottlindner

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Re: Why use soundproofing.org?
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2006, 08:59:41 PM »

Quote
Super Soundproofing does not sell that type of window he describes anyway.  "Soundproof Windows" does.

http://www.soundproofwindows.com

The ones we sell are a simple interior inside the frame type- very inexpensive.  The buyer obtains the window glass (or plastic) locally.



See

http://www.soundproofing.org/options_sound_control_for_windows.htm



BJ Nash


Are you referring to the MagnaSteal product described here: http://www.soundproofing.org/sales/magnetseal_windows.htm

Scott

johnbergstromslc

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Re: Why use soundproofing.org?
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2006, 10:17:58 PM »

Pamela:

I don't think there is such a thing as 'too big' of an airspace.  Go with as much space as you can, depending on how bad of a noise problem and aesthetic considerations.  4 inches sounds good to me.