Author Topic: Trying to avoid replacing windows  (Read 2857 times)

tampabayshore

  • Guest
Trying to avoid replacing windows
« on: March 27, 2011, 01:57:52 AM »
Hi,
I am new to this forum.  I recently moved into condo in Miami Beach.  It's located on a busy street and I am was looking for options to reduce noise.
I have 2 small windows and 2 large sliding glass doors in the unit.  I could not believe the expense I was quoted to replace both slides + both windows with "soundproof" impact glass.  Almost $10k!  I am looking for alternatives.

I have read about making plugs for the windows...vinyl or plexiglass, not sure what works better?

What options do I have for the Sliding glass?  I assume its impracticle to make a 2 large  plugs for the sliding glass? Or maybe there is another option.  I know about the easy ones...heavy drapes, plants, etc.  Was wondering specifically about the reinforcing the glass itself.

Thanks again and appreciate any ideas,

Brian
Miami

tampabayshore

  • Guest
Re: Trying to avoid replacing windows
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 11:17:43 PM »
Hi,
I have been reading throughout this forum and its truly a greatly source of info.

It seems that that the best option for smaller spaces is 3/8 plexiglass with a magnetite or similar system to mount.
Is that something that would work on a standard sliding glass door? 72"X 96"?
I guess I am having trouble visualizing how this would work?  I need access to open the door...

thx again,
Brian

Randy S

  • Senior Soundproofing Technical Specialist
  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 815
    • Super Soundproofing Co
Re: Trying to avoid replacing windows
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011, 03:58:55 PM »
Brian,

There lies one of the challenges we face all the time, sliding glass doors. I dont have an answer for you, the only way we have made an effective reduction with sliding glass doors is to either build a second wall with second slider in it or purchase the expensive STC rated slider. Curtains only do a slight reduction 10%-15% and plants will not help you. We have applied clear vinyl directly to the glass but this only changes the frequency that passes through the glass.Similar to you putting your hand on a speaker while playing, its still playing just not the same way.

The goal would be to create a seal at all four sides of a panel and yet still be able to remove it. metal framing doesn't look good attached to the floor.

You can call me direct if you have some ideas you want to bounce around.



Randy Sieg

Super Soundproofing Co
www.soundproofing.org
888-942-7723
Ph. 760-752-3030
Fax.760-752-3040

 

anything