Optimizing your house, apartment, or condo is on many of our ‘lists’, but it’s sometimes difficult to decide which projects to tackle first. Do I get those beautiful hardwood floors? Maybe I should upgrade to granite countertops? Is it time to take a look at the insulation and windows in my home? When deciding which home project should be next, consider the aesthetic value and the utility your project will deliver. Storm windows are an inexpensive way to increase your home’s insulation value, but are they really the best window investments you can make?
What Are Storm Windows?
Storm windows are usually installed as a cheap, economical, alternative to single pane windows. “Storm Windows” are installed on the outside of the single pane window (usually the primary house window). While you can opt for interior storm windows or exterior storm windows, like Soundproof Windows, storm windows are installed on your preexisting windows. Soundproof Windows, unlike storm windows, do not prevent noise. In fact, Soundproof Windows often have STC ratings that deliver value far beyond storm windows.
What Is An STC Rating?
STC stands for Sound Transmission Class. Basically, STC ratings are an established way to average how much sound is stopped by something. STC ratings are used for windows, doors, walls and most building materials. For windows, STC ratings range from 18 to 38.
STC ratings are the ONLY way to accurately compare various noise reduction products. An STC rating is an instrument measurement of how much noise is stopped. The STC ratings allow accurate ‘apple to apple’ comparisons.
The STC rating is the average amount of noise stopped at 18 different frequencies, measured in decibels. STC ratings are a logarithmic scale similar to the earthquake Richter Scale, which means each number is significantly higher than the one before.
How Hard Is Your Window Working?
Soundproof Windows act as storm windows in that they provide your home with increased insulation, but their utility doesn’t end there. What other benefits do Soundproof Windows offer that storm windows do not?
- Soundproof Windows will reduce incoming noise levels by 75-95%.
- Soundproof Windows reduce air infiltration
- Soundproof Windows stop drafts
- Soundproof Windows do not require extensive installation as they are placed behind your preexisting windows; installation per room only takes hours
- Soundproof Window installation doesn’t require any kind of construction mess or cleanup
- Soundproof Windows, unlike storm windows, are available in a variety of custom colors to give your room the flare you always wanted
Soundproof Windows pay for themselves. If you’re looking to reduce your energy costs, cut your window heating/cooling by 50%, or more, stop air infiltration, and further insulate your insulated windows, Soundproof Windows is the best choice for your windows. Contact Soundproof Windows today!