Understanding How Soundproof Window Treatments Work

Having soundproof window treatments installed is popular for both residential and commercial spaces. The benefits of soundproofing home and office windows and doors range from noise level reduction to safety and security. This is why more and more people choose to have soundproofing done instead of having their original windows replaced. But how exactly does soundproofing window treatments work?

What is it made of?

To better understand how these type of windows work, let us take a quick look at their composition. Soundproof window treatments are composed of PVC track systems, aluminum frames, and a tough and hardened acoustic laminated plate glass. The last component is actually three layers where a plastic sheet is sandwiched between the two sheets of hardened, toughened plate glass.

Why use sandwiched plastic with glass?

Glass, on its own, cannot be completely soundproof. Making it thicker will not stop sound waves from going through the glass. Standing alone, glass used in houses magnify and project vibrations (or noise) and are not invincible against cracking or breaking. To make soundproof glass, plastic acts as a seal that keep two layers of glass together. The PVC plastic is the material that laminates the glass so that it becomes stronger in nature. Think of an ordinary wine glass. Hitting it will produce a ringing sound, but see what happens when you put your hand around it. It no longer makes a sound. The plastic in between the glass layers in windows that are soundproof acts like your hand.

Where are soundproof window treatments used?

They are installed in front of the interior side of your original windows. An original window’s designs will not be changed or altered by the soundproof window. These windows are often used in homes and offices that are located in areas with high levels of noise caused by automobile and people traffic, airport sound waves, and industrial sounds.

Why are soundproof window treatments considered barriers?

Because of the strength of soundproof glass treatments and the way they are installed with a dead air cavity right in front of your existing window, the total structure of both home fixtures forms a protective layer for your house. It is a barrier because when sound waves enter the original glass window, the laminated glass traps the noise in the air cavity, so the sound waves are stopped before they can enter your house. But soundproof window treatments do not just stop sound waves, they also minimize heat transfer and air flow so your house will reduce its heat loss and its heat gain. Eliminate 99% of UV rays and hot and cold drafts.

Soundproof windows will not only give you peace and quiet, but they also make great energy-saving fixtures for any home and office space.