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Soundproof Windows Reviews
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Soundproof Windows Questions
Hi Dane, thanks for your reply. I understand your policy of not doing phone consults and appreciate the recommendations you've provided below.
A couple of points to clarify regarding what we're seeking. First, we already have vinyl double-paned windows (specifically, Window World 2001 series installed in 2011 -- so granted, not high quality). Second, the main noise we're trying to suppress is low-frequency bass noise. My preliminary research suggests that this type of noise poses a challenge to suppress. With this in mind, I suspect that we're going to have to focus on somewhat higher-end "soundproof" windows (which I think typically involves laminated glass and/or larger air spacing).
Your fellow editor mentioned a few makes & models of "soundproof" windows on your site in a recent post -- specifically, the Milgard Quietline Series, Amsco Serenity Series, and Harvey Acoustic Series. All of them seem like potentially solid candidates. A potential problem, however, is that we live in a relatively small market (Tallahassee, FL) -- which means we may not be able to source these products locally and may have trouble finding quality installers for these types of products.
Based on the above, I'd love to obtain any further suggestions you might offer.
I do not want to consume too much of your time, by any means. I'm just getting a little frustrated with the lack of local window suppliers and installers with substantial familiarity with the "soundproof" products noted above.
Any further ideas or suggestions you might offer would be GREATLY appreciated!
Thanks in advance.
Jim - Homeowner - from 2022
[Website Editor Answers]
Jim, one of our sister sites has some good information on soundproof windows and might have some brands/options that are available in your area. Let us know if you have any additional questions.
Soundproof Window Costs Site
Dane - Website Editor - from 2022
Soundproof Window Options
I am looking for a window that will block as much outside noise as possible. Any recommendations? I live near the ocean so perhaps the vinyl window is the best option?
William - Homeowner - from 2016
[Site Editor's Response]
William, I would go with a vinyl window for sure since you are so close to the ocean. Take a look at these two pages, which list some good options for both soundproof and impact or hurricane windows. While these windows are built a bit different, they share some of the same characteristics.
It sounds like you are trying to soundproof your windows for the ocean noise, instead of urban noise, which is the most common reason that consumers go with this option. I would say that a good dual pane vinyl window with a glass offset between the panes (one pane is 5/8", the other "3/8" for instance) should be adequate for your purposes.
I say get a few bids from some local companies that carry the brands listed in the pages below and really take some time to get their opinions on what the best option is…they might suggest a tempered glass as a way to get added strength in case of storms and the soundproofing qualities you are looking for.
Sound Window Costs
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Dane - Site Editor - from 2016
Indow Window Review
I live in Brooklyn so I wasn't sure whether these were available to me. It turns out they have two resellers here in the area. We did have some direct contact with Indow in Oregon and they were awesome.
We live in an old converted wherehouse and the single pane windows have some nice historic value, but they suck at keeping out the cold and noise. Storm windows seemed like a perfect option because we wanted to keep the basic look and feel. These windows are pretty funky because they are arched at the top and certainly not plumb, which was one of the reasons that the costs were so high. Indow suggested that we install a support beam across the middle and then install two smaller windows that would have a better seal for the odd shape.
The quotes from Cityquiet and Cityproof were very comparable ($9,700 and $9,900 installed) for our 3 very large window opening, each roughly 4' by 8'. The installed cost from our local installer was $3,000 and that included everything.
It took 8 weeks to order and ship across country and the installation had some definite hiccups that were the fault of the openings. Indow and their local installers handled everything really well and I was definitely impressed with the level of customer service they offered. We went with the standard inserts, but they have proved very effective at both noise reduction and keeping our old place much warmer. All in all, a great experience and I hope others can find out about this company.
Rachel - Homeowner - from 2014
Milgard Soundproof Windows
The Quiet Line is a specialty soundproofing window made by Milgard that is considered the best soundproof window in the business (and the most expensive!). The price is much higher than their other windows, but they are specially designed to eliminate noise pollution. With an STC rating of 46, it is similar in noise reduction quality to glass used in recording studios, which are usually around 50-55 STC. The frame is thick and bulky to support the thicker glass. It's too expensive for a lot of homeowners, but if you have noise problems and can afford them, they can really make a difference. Other soundproof windows to consider include the Simonton 9800 series with laminated glass.
Cityproof Soundproof Windows
I just couldn't take the noise any more and started calling around. I called Citiquiet, who came out and gave us a bid. Then I had Cityproof and liked them a lot, they did a thorough measure of the three windows I wanted to soundproof and gave them the estimate. It was expensive, $2700 for the windows, which were all around 36" wide by 70" tall.
The options they give are nice to have, but also a little confusing. I wasn't sure if he was upselling me or giving me some viable upgrades (I guess both maybe). The biggest one is the glass - standard was 3/8", then there was 1/2" which add $100 to each window and they also had a laminated option that added I believe $150 to the standard glass cost. I went with the 1/2" only because the noise is soooo bad in my apartment. This was what he recommended based on the noise during the day - I work out of my place so I felt like an extra $300 for less noise was worth it.
The lead time on the order was five weeks, which seemed like quite a long time but I have come to learn from talking with other New Yorkers that this isn't excessive. Two guys came in and installed the soundproof windows in a day and the difference is pretty stunning. They are sturdy and work great. They don't match perfectly with the color of my existing frames, but it's not noticeable until I point it out to people. Overall, I'd say it's worth it.
Donna - Consumer - from 2012
Soundproof Window Review
I have a large opening with three 70" by 30" windows. That wall faces a busy road and I wanted something that would cut down on noise. Loewen gave me a quote for $3000 to fill the opening with two casements, tranquility glazing, and it has an STC of 40. On their website they have another much cheaper one that looks similar but has an STC of 33. Is it worth paying more for 7 points difference?
Michael - Homeowner - from 2009
Spend the extra money. The difference between 33 and 40 is a lot more than you'd think. It will definitely be worth the money in the long run.
Wayne - Contractor from 2009
Best Soundproofing Windows Material
Hi Dane, thanks for the great information. I've been learning much more about windows since my last email to you. I have some questions that I hope you can help with to drill down my choices...
When it comes to sound proofing, what type of material works best for the cavity of the frames?
What windows give the best glass ratio like wood frames from Pella? I'm looking for a thinner bezel/frame.
I've had many window contractors come by my home and all seem to have the same pitch. Can you confirm whether these statements are true?
"Virgin vinyl will keep your windows white and not age/yellow like other windows"
"Value of the home will increase with better u rating windows as the standards will change in the future. .3 is the current standard but better to go for .27"
Dan - Homeowner - from 2021
[Site Editor's Answer]
Dan, foam filled cavities will help some with noise and energy efficiency, but helps more with overall strength. Not a bad upgrade to consider though. Soundproofing is more a function of distance between the two panes of glass -- this is how to effectively deaden noise vibrations and frequencies from the outside, however most double pane windows have a set standard of distance...buying a high quality vinyl window and getting professional installation is the most cost effective way to get a solid upgrade in soundproofing from old single pane aluminum windows. There are soundproofing windows, but you will pay a high premium for the privilege.
My top picks for noise abatement windows and doors include the Milgard Quiet Line, Amsco Serenity, CitiQuiet and Cityproof are certainly worth a look but their availability is limited. Indow Soundproof Inserts are also an option.
I have no idea which Pella product uses the thinnest frame -- the Pella rep should certainly know this. My opinion on Pella is that they are overpriced for what you are getting. If frame width is your concern, I would recommend the Sunrise Restorations window -- thin and uses a combination of vinyl and fiberglass. A very good window. The Milgard Trinsic is also a thinner frame, but not the same performer as the Restorations. Vinyl vs Fiberglass Windows
All quality manufacturers use "virgin vinyl," therefore you simply have to find a high quality manufacturer -- refer to that list I sent.
The value of a home is typically based on what a buyer will spend, the market, and comps. Windows rarely factor into the resale value of a home in my opinion. The idea that a buyer is going to ask about the U-value of a window strikes me as a low yield proposition. U-value should be used by you to determine the overall quality of a window, and will provide you with a more comfortable home/room.
Dane - Site Editor - from 2021