Author Topic: Soundproofing large condo window - acrylic vs glass?  (Read 6705 times)

coolioblob

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Soundproofing large condo window - acrylic vs glass?
« on: August 04, 2012, 07:47:45 PM »
Hi there

I currently live in a high-rise condo right by the highway in Toronto.

My existing window provides adequate soundproofing (it is very loud outside) but not nearly enough. You can still hear the hum of the highway, and the occasional faint roars of engines of loud motorcycles and trucks (see attached photo for the window picture). Sometimes you can hear the tires of the cars  going over a bump on the highway.

Given I have large windows, they are pretty pricey. I am looking into two options

1) Wintite - this is a magnetic seal solution where they use acrylic instead of glass. There is a magnetic seal.
The cost is $1,450.
http://wintite.com/

2) Bquiet - this is a regular window solution where they install an extra frame and window.
The cost however is going to be around $4,000.
http://www.bquiet.ca/

I understand that acrylic is not as good as proper glass window, but given that I already have a double-pane window, I'm essentially adding a 3rd window to the space. As such, will the Wintite acrylic windows be sufficient?

I will probably get an additional 1" gap if I install it in the inside frame, or 2" gap if I install it on the outside frame.

Existing window:

coolioblob

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Re: Soundproofing large condo window - acrylic vs glass?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2012, 07:58:05 PM »
Here is another picture of the window

The "inside" frame is about 1.1" wide/deep, the outside frame is about 1.9" wide/deep. Would prefer to install it on the inside frame instead of the outside frame.


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Re: Soundproofing large condo window - acrylic vs glass?
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2012, 05:09:52 PM »
Install the acrylic system on the outside so that you achieve the greatest air space as possible..

Make sure they are using at least 1/4" thick or even 3/8" thick acrylic ...for your window size I would say 3/8" no more no less.
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Re: Soundproofing large condo window - acrylic vs glass?
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2012, 05:14:55 PM »
You can actually do the same system for less money...

Here is the link to our Magnaseal system which we have been using for over 15 years!!!
You provide the acrylic from a local plastic supplier and order the install kit from us.

http://soundproofing.org/infopages/magnetseal_windows.htm
http://www.supersoundproofingsales.com/Windows/products/26/


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