Soundproofing becomes essential when the immediate environment threatens to rise above a desired noise level. This is often a cause of unwanted disturbance and stress. In case your home or office is situated in close proximity to a highway, busy road, open coffee shop or construction site, soundproofing is vital.
The Need for Noise Reduction
Singapore is one of the five most densely populated countries in the world. With most Singaporeans living in flats that are closely stacked together, some situated next to MRT tracks or highways.
During Covid 19 and post era individuals are compelled to stay indoors and increasingly Work From Home. And when most of the time is spent on zoom and video calls, the listening experience needs to be top-notch. Loud neighbours or noisy surroundings at times pose a major disturbance to work and a peaceful night’s sleep.
Soundproofing is hence a need and in certain situations, an absolute necessity.
Options to Soundproof a Room
- Decoupling or removing of the conduction element by employing acoustical seals for doors, etc
- Absorption or insulation by putting up thick curtains to absorb the external noise and create a buffer
- Adding Mass or thickness to the walls, partition with plastering
- Dampening with the application of a soundproofing adhesive application (such as Green Glue)
Why opt for Soundproof Windows?
Soundproof Windows are the preferred option because majority of noise travels into our homes or offices through windows and not the walls. Hence, blocking the noise leakage though the windows is guaranteed to create a soothing and relaxing environment wherever you desire. The acoustic features of such windows go a long way in noise reduction and are commonly installed in buildings located in the middle of the city or the like.
Another advantage of such windows is maintenance of temperature within your premises. Due to the thickness of soundproof glass, strong, damaging rays UV of the sun are blocked from infiltrating into your home or office, thereby cutting costs of air conditioning. This is ideal for Singaporean weather. Likewise, when the weather outside is cold or chilly, the indoors remain warm and cozy behind the protection of soundproof windows. In relevant areas, even harsh rain and wind can be prevented from affecting the internal temperature.
Noise Cancellation Glass
Soundproof Windows are fabricated using Double Glazed Glass. This variety of glass comprises of one 5 mm width metal strip, sandwiched between two 5mm width glass sheets, totaling to a thickness of 15 mm. This provides 3 solid layers of insulation and typically results in a noise reduction of 40% to 80%, depending on which floor it is being deployed on. The lower floor units are able to experience noise reduction of up to 80%, whereas with the higher floors it’s approximately 40%.
Soundproofing Demo for Singapore Home
Here is a video of Soundproof Windows installed for a Singapore home that is 10 meters away from the PIE highway.
Apart from blocking unwanted noise, these Window also give added security and safety. Soundproof glass not only keeps intruding sound at bay but can also retain sound within and is often used in recording or dance studios.
Considerations for installing Soundproof Windows and Doors
Few key factors must be evaluated before replacing or installing a set of windows/doors for noise cancellation. These are –
- Type of sound that needs to be blocked
- Distance of the unit from the source of the sound
- Suitability of the wall, floor and fenestration
Casement Type Windows are the most effective for noise cancellation and acoustic purposes.
Since these influences the level of effectiveness, a free site visit from our team of experts is highly recommended in case you plan to opt for soundproof windows.