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Title: soundproof windows??
Post by: Terry Romaniuk on March 25, 2004, 02:52:49 AM
Can anyone suggest what windows I should get?

I just bought a new house that backs onto a roadway.  The traffic noise is bearable except during rush hour.  The low bass sound of truck engines can be heard through the existing windows.  I have brand new casement windows, I think they are double paned, not sure though, but they look cheap.

What suggestions does anyone have for the low bass noise from car and truck engines??

Thank you.

BTW I am located in Canada - does anyone know of any soundproofing resources located here?
Title: Re: soundproof windows??
Post by: cc on July 25, 2009, 05:26:38 AM
Just to let everyone know I caved and bought expensive  soundproof interior "storm windows"  not only were the reallydifficult to install but there was NO difference in airplane, car or train noise.  I mean nothing nada.  There are several posts here that suggest that you could do fine changing your glass to laminated and then adding a cheap storm window on the inside and caulking everywhere.

My installers and I were shocked when we opened and shut the windows-there was NO difference.  It was like the windows were made of plastic.

Do not go there.
Title: Re: soundproof windows??
Post by: Randy S on July 25, 2009, 03:18:50 PM
What thickness of acrylic did you use? 1/8" most common :(  ,1/4" or 3/8" is recommended and did you give yourself 2" or greater of dead air space?
I was just in downtown San Diego the other day doing a Magnaseal system for a client and the reduction from the trolly was 60+ % and I would say 40% for the Amtrack. With the exception of that darn horn! So we know our Magnaseal System works fine if you install correctly.
http://www.soundproofing.org/sales/magnetseal_windows.htm
Title: Re: soundproof windows??
Post by: Chris J on October 27, 2009, 01:21:07 PM
Just to let everyone know I caved and bought expensive  soundproof interior "storm windows"  not only were the reallydifficult to install but there was NO difference in airplane, car or train noise.  I mean nothing nada.  There are several posts here that suggest that you could do fine changing your glass to laminated and then adding a cheap storm window on the inside and caulking everywhere.

My installers and I were shocked when we opened and shut the windows-there was NO difference.  It was like the windows were made of plastic.

Do not go there.

If this is true either the windows were incorrectly installed or the noise is from your wall....We live in an urban area in a wood frame house with stucco siding and plaster walls and just installed SPW's 5-7 inches behind our double panes with nice results. They brought the traffic sounds down from a roar to a wisper.