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Soundproofing Forum Topics => Soundproofing your single family home from traffic noise and neighbors. => Topic started by: penny on June 08, 2009, 08:04:36 PM

Title: Whick option would work best against noise of neighbor's SEVEN kids?
Post by: penny on June 08, 2009, 08:04:36 PM
Our home and our neighbor's home are both L-shaped and open to one another.  We both have screened in swimming pools that are approx. 10 feet apart.  The neighbors have SEVEN children under the age of 14.  You can imagine the noise!  When we are on our lanai, we can't carry on a conversation.  In our family room, which has a wall of sliding glass doors facing the pool, we have to turn the TV way up just to hear it - even with all doors and windows closed.  We are considering 2 options:
1.  Replace the screen panels facing the neighbor's pool with vinyl - making a 10' wall on the side that faces their pool that would run the length of the pool area.  In other words, making that side of our screened lanai into a sunroom type wall.  The vinyl is approx. 2 inches thick that would be used.  I don't know how much noise reduction we could expect with this option.  Would it help?  Would it reduce the noise in our family room and also on the lanai?
2.  Buy windows and sliding doors to go inside the ones we already have.  We would have to buy a triple slider for the family room and a single slider for the breakfast room and a double hung window for the breakfast room.  These 3 windows are all facing the neighbor's house.

So which solution, or would either of these, help? Any other suggestions?  We have a neighborhood association that prohibits building a fence wall tall enough to make a difference.  We already have a 6' wood fence and 12 foot tall vibernum hedge between us - but that makes absolutely not dent in the noise. :'(
Title: Re: Whick option would work best against noise of neighbor's SEVEN kids?
Post by: Randy S on June 09, 2009, 11:03:03 PM
Option #2 , make sure you allow for a 2" or greater air space between windows, also buy ones that have the highest STC rating (the best you can find) and make sure they are installed correctly.
Title: Re: Whick option would work best against noise of neighbor's SEVEN kids?
Post by: penny on June 09, 2009, 11:19:18 PM
Randy,  thanks for the reply.  I just got a quote for installing the inner glass doors and windows and it would be over $8,000 for the 3 windows/doors.  We really didn't want to spend that much money as we just renovated this home and dropped over $40,000 in it already.  Just can't afford to pay that much more!  Would the 1st option do any good at all?  It would only run us a couple of thousand to replace the screen with vinyl, but I don't want to put that into it if we won't see any difference in the noise.  What do you think about this?
Title: Re: Whick option would work best against noise of neighbor's SEVEN kids?
Post by: Randy S on June 09, 2009, 11:51:35 PM
Penny,
There are a lot of variables when reflecting sound. If you are interested in this type of approach it would be best to contact us.