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Author Topic: Need to soundproof windows for music room  (Read 3096 times)

Loud+Proud

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Need to soundproof windows for music room
« on: July 08, 2012, 01:20:32 AM »

Hello:

I have a room in my rented duplex I am turning into a guitar room. So I want to be able to make some (a lot of) noise.

Here are the windows I have in the room:

1st window is about 55" wide and about 20" tall and fixed (doesn't slide or open). There is about 5" depth in the window sill so I think the MLV plug is the way to go on this one. The window bakes in the sun all day and makes the room hot, so the light blockage is desired as well.

The second window is the problem. It is about 40" wide and about 53" tall. The top pane slides down, and the bottom pane slides up and they barely meet in the middle when they are both closed. So basically a piece of Saran Wrap would be more effective at sound and thermal insulation.
I only have about 1/2 inch of depth on the sill for the bottom half of the window so the plug is out for this one.

My questions for this window:

1) how effective is the Magnetseal framing + 3/8" acrylic interior window option? The acrylic would be sitting pretty close to the glass (less than an inch gap) and the existing window is pretty much worthless for sound proofing.

2)Could I use the MLV to create a "box" to go over the entire window frame? I would imagine I would need to build a frame out of wood and then attach the MLV to this frame?

3) better options than the above???

I want to keep the cost and labor low since it's a rental house

thanks


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Re: Need to soundproof windows for music room
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2012, 03:28:36 PM »

Well in this situation, I highly doubt that your going to be able to get loud with only window treatments...either way that is the staring point for soundproofing a room...
I would go with the magnaseal window option for both your windows and you can paint the acrylic with flat black paint if you dont want light to get in.

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