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Author Topic: So I just installed SoundProof Windows  (Read 165633 times)

braqets

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Re: So I just installed SoundProof Windows
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2013, 04:48:57 AM »

The weak point is now the walls (2x4 construction and not even full plywood, grrr) when the rumbling bass noise goes by. 
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We paid about $1200, not including shipping cost from CA to PA by FedEx.
That's a high price for a single soundproof window considering that great part of the noise is coming through the walls. But you said it helps a lot and your wife is happy then everything is gonna be all right. Hope your little one will sleep like an angel.

ArlieDebo

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Re: So I just installed SoundProof Windows
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2014, 09:48:11 AM »

I had perused this site before making my decision to buy from Soundproof windows.  I felt like I was rolling the dice based on mixed reviews as well as the cost (not cheap).  Let me give you some quick background as it may help others decides if it's the right choice.

I live in a new home.  That means it's got very good thermal insulating properties but built as cheaply as building codes will allow.  Not a problem if you don't back up to a road, something we didn't fully consider the implications of when we bought.  First time home buyer's mistake.  And for the record, I now hate all motorcycles thanks to the few people that get their giggles by running their POS bikes at decibels that would be illegal on any car or truck that is in for state inspection.

Anyway, with a second child due any time now, I had to do something with one of the back bedrooms.  We had a contractor come in to give me some cost options to build a second, interior wall.  Yikes, that would have been a mistake.  I also called some local window vendors and had one guy come out but he "wasn't familiar with a soundproof window".  Useless, in other words.  Guy didn't even send me a quote after coming out to see me.

Anyway, long story short...I bit the bullet on the soundproof windows company.  Like I said, not cheap since we have double windows side by side and my wife insisted on up and down sliders.  I opted to use the sill mount option for the install.

Here are some observations:

- putting the frame together is somewhat annoying.  The screws provided can't quite handle the torque needed to cut into the unthreaded frame channel.  I had two snap on me.  Make sure you have a power drill that allows you to adjust speed and torque, otherwise you'll either kill your hands or kill the drill motor.

- you'll need another set of hands to help with the install if you don't want to drive yourself crazy, especially with double windows like I have. 

- Do yourself a favor and use double the insulating foam / strip along the frame.  Unless your walls are straight and flush, you may have some little gaps.  I do and I should have used double the foam.  I'll have to caulk to seal.

- Getting the panes into the frames is not easy by yourself, have a helper.

- windows are hard to slide up and down once installed.  You may want to get something like a Teflon spray.

Ok, finally...the result and was it worth the money?  I'm pleased to say...yes they are.  The windows our builder used are complete crap.  I was very pleasantly surprised at how effective the soundproof windows are.  The weak point is now the walls (2x4 construction and not even full plywood, grrr) when the rumbling bass noise goes by.  But, even that is now tolerable.  And the surface / sill mount frame is surprisingly unobtrusive.

The only problem is they're a bit of a b--ch to get open and closed.  However, our the latest addition to our family will get to enjoy peace and quiet and I'm glad I opted to use them.  If money is a limiting factor for you, however....they may not be your best choice.

Hope my experience helps others, I'd recommend them if you know your existing windows are the problem.

Hello friend I know thread is pretty old but I really want to appreicate your decision of installing soundproof windows. I am facing similar sort of problem and your post will help me lot.

ArlieDebo

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Re: So I just installed SoundProof Windows
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2014, 04:18:21 PM »

I had perused this site before making my decision to buy from Soundproof windows.  I felt like I was rolling the dice based on mixed reviews as well as the cost (not cheap).  Let me give you some quick background as it may help others decides if it's the right choice.

I live in a new home.  That means it's got very good thermal insulating properties but built as cheaply as building codes will allow.  Not a problem if you don't back up to a road, something we didn't fully consider the implications of when we bought.  First time home buyer's mistake.  And for the record, I now hate all motorcycles thanks to the few people that get their giggles by running their POS bikes at decibels that would be illegal on any car or truck that is in for state inspection.

Anyway, with a second child due any time now, I had to do something with one of the back bedrooms.  We had a contractor come in to give me some cost options to build a second, interior wall.  Yikes, that would have been a mistake.  I also called some local window vendors and had one guy come out but he "wasn't familiar with a soundproof window".  Useless, in other words.  Guy didn't even send me a quote after coming out to see me.

Anyway, long story short...I bit the bullet on the soundproof windows company.  Like I said, not cheap since we have double windows side by side and my wife insisted on up and down sliders.  I opted to use the sill mount option for the install.

Here are some observations:

- putting the frame together is somewhat annoying.  The screws provided can't quite handle the torque needed to cut into the unthreaded frame channel.  I had two snap on me.  Make sure you have a power drill that allows you to adjust speed and torque, otherwise you'll either kill your hands or kill the drill motor.

- you'll need another set of hands to help with the install if you don't want to drive yourself crazy, especially with double windows like I have. 

- Do yourself a favor and use double the insulating foam / strip along the frame.  Unless your walls are straight and flush, you may have some little gaps.  I do and I should have used double the foam.  I'll have to caulk to seal.

- Getting the panes into the frames is not easy by yourself, have a helper.

- windows are hard to slide up and down once installed.  You may want to get something like a Teflon spray.

Ok, finally...the result and was it worth the money?  I'm pleased to say...yes they are.  The solar panels our builder used are complete crap.  I was very pleasantly surprised at how effective the soundproof windows are.  The weak point is now the walls (2x4 construction and not even full plywood, grrr) when the rumbling bass noise goes by.  But, even that is now tolerable.  And the surface / sill mount frame is surprisingly unobtrusive.

The only problem is they're a bit of a b--ch to get open and closed.  However, our the latest addition to our family will get to enjoy peace and quiet and I'm glad I opted to use them.  If money is a limiting factor for you, however....they may not be your best choice.

Hope my experience helps others, I'd recommend them if you know your existing windows are the problem.
Hello friend I know thread is pretty old but I really want to appreicate your decision of installing soundproof windows. I am facing similar sort of problem and your post will help me lot.

Angela14

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Re: So I just installed SoundProof Windows
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2014, 10:06:05 PM »

Soundproof windows did nothing for us at all except drain our bank account. They make no difference at all. The claims were false, at least in our case, and work nothing at all like the videos, despite the testimonials. Maybe they work for other people, but they are useless in our case. You wouldn't even know they are there. And they are unbelievably hard to open and close. This is the company: http://soundproofwindowtreatments.com/ or they go by ezsoundproof.com.

We don't anyone else to suffer the same disappointments.

RickMoore

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Re: So I just installed SoundProof Windows
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2016, 07:25:41 AM »

Great ideas.

melvinderby

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Re: So I just installed SoundProof Windows
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2016, 06:27:16 AM »

If you are looking for soundproof windows then you should buy triple based vinyl windows. Because of the extra pane of glass they are more soundproof. They are able to reduce sound transmission because of the soft spacer between the glazings..The foam spacer also known as the super spacer not only improves the efficiency of the insulated glass units but also helps in reducing noise. Apart from soundproofing they also provide many other benefits like they have more gas fill since the triple window has two chambers both can be filled either by argon or krypton gas.This contributes to their high energy efficiency. Finally they reduce condensation on glass. I have attached an article that explains in detail the benefits of having triple pane windows http://www.clerawindows.com/blog/what-is-a-triple-sealing-system/

Randy S

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Re: So I just installed SoundProof Windows
« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2016, 05:18:33 PM »

"melvinderby"  can you supply STC ratings or OITC ratings for the windows you are trying to promote?

Just saying that they are good does not mean that they are...

Please advise the thread.

Randy S.
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