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Silence the City that Never Shuts Up with Soundproof Windows

Areas that used to be quiet oases in New York City are no longer immune to the noise and bustle of the City That Never Sleeps.

Despite adjustments to the city’s Noise Code in 2007, the number of noise complaints is steadily rising; 420,000 complaints were lodged with the city’s 311 hotline in 2016—more than double the number in 2011. In a recent article featured in the New York Times titled, “New York Becomes the City That Never Shuts Up,” a city councilman who represents the once-peaceful Upper East Side noted that noise now is the #1 complaint, with the majority of complaints springing from human interaction such as parties, banging or pounding, and loud talking.

Construction is another common source of excessive noise. As new developments are built to house New York City’s growing population (now at a record high of 8.5 million), an increasing number of permits allowing developers to work outside the designated work hours of 7AM and 6PM have been issued by the Buildings Department, with more than double the amount of permits issued in 2016 versus 2011.

Noise pollution is more than just a simple annoyance—it has been linked to health concerns such as stress, hypertension, and heart disease. As the noise levels continue to rise, it becomes increasingly important to protect yourself, your loved ones, or your employees from the potentially detrimental effects of constant exposure to high decibel levels.

Noise-proofing your home or office by insulating your walls is both costly and inconvenient. Most construction and street noise actually penetrates into homes or offices via the exterior windows, which makes soundproofing your windows one of the most effective ways to eliminate outside noises.

Installing brand new windows can be expensive (not to mention adding unnecessary noise to the existing cacophony), but with Cityproof soundproof windows, there’s no need to replace or modify your existing windows. Cityproof windows are installed on the inside of your existing windows, creating a buffer zone of air space that offers up to 95% noise reduction for outside sounds, sealing out loud city noises like raucous crowds or construction. And because they’re custom-manufactured to fit seamlessly with your existing windows, Cityproof soundproof windows don’t require any structural changes or obstruct any views.

Contact Cityproof today to find out how we can help you silence the City That Never Sleeps.

5 City Noises You Never Have To Hear Again

Most of the time it’s nice to live in the “City That Never Sleeps”; you can get a bagel anytime you want, see a movie whenever it suits your schedule, or get in a workout that you didn’t have time for during “regular business hours.” But when you get home and want to unwind, you sure wish that city would sleep so you could too.

1. Traffic

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Zoom, zoom, honk, honk. It never stops. But soundproof windows can block these noises so you can hear your TV, enjoy some music, read a good book, or get a good undisturbed night’s sleep. Lack of sleep does more than make you irritable and ineffective in the mornings.

2. Neighbor’s Music

Does your neighbor’s loud music and friends keep you awake and interrupt your other activities? Get soundproof windows and forget about them completely.

3. Construction Work

We’re supposed to view construction work as a sign of progress, but it doesn’t feel much like progress in the early morning or on our day off when all we want is to sleep in or relax. Whether it’s trucks, construction vehicles or a new high-rise coming up across the street, soundproof windows make it all (except for the unsightly construction) bearable.

4. Sirens & Alarms

Sirens and car alarms aren’t just annoying, they’re frightening. Even if you think you’re used to hearing them, just an instant after one cranks up, you become alarmed. When you’re sound asleep, sirens aren’t just startling; they also interrupt your restful slumber. During the day, they can interrupt important business calls. Our soundproof windows help prevent that from happening.

Alarms interrupt sleep in the same way sirens do. Also, hearing alarms all the time takes away from the pleasure of a leisurely meal or time with loved ones, and they don’t sound very professional blaring in the background when you’re on an important phone call.

5. Noisy Nightclubs

Like your neighbor’s stereo, the local nightclub isn’t really concerned with your rest and relaxation. Soundproof windows will make it seem like your apartment is miles away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

For all these reasons and more, soundproof windows are a gift to the city dweller.

How Effective Are Soundproof Windows?

Any New Yorker knows the city is alive with sound. From the violinist in your subway station to the jack hammer outside your window on Saturday morning, noise invades every space. Don’t let unwanted sounds into your space. Soundproof windows for your apartment or office are effective in reducing sound and more. Just how effective are they? Read on to learn about soundproofing your windows and what to expect.

Soundproof Windows and Noise Reduction

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Before you soundproof, it’s good to understand how sound really works.

Sound is made up of low and high frequency waves. When something makes a sound, those waves then travel in all directions from the source. The waves travel until they meet some form of resistance, such as a wall or sofa. Sometimes, these items may even cause these waves to reverberate, actually strengthening the sound. Proper sound proofing uses materials that block and absorb sound and prevent reverb and echo.

Soundproof windows can block up to 90-95 percent of city noise. The effectiveness depends on several factors, including the quality of the exterior windows already there, the thickness of the laminated glass in the soundproof windows (it ranges from one-quarter to three-quarters inch thick), and the amount of space created to act as a “buffer zone” between the exterior window and the soundproof window. These three major factors determine the overall noise reduction level.

Eliminating Dirt, Dust & Draft

Sound isn’t the only thing soundproof windows keep out. Ninety-nine percent of dirt and draft are blocked by soundproof windows.

Preventing UV Rays

Laminated glass with its polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer, blocks 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Blocking UV rays protects carpets, walls, drapery and furnishings from fading in the sunlight. Soundproof windows allow you to enjoy natural light while protecting artwork, carpeting and furnishings from damaging UV rays.

Lowering Energy Bills

For both financial and environmental reasons, people are more interested in cutting energy expenditures than ever before. Soundproof windows cut down on drafts, which keeps outside air out and indoor air in. Many customers cut their heating and cooling bills by up to 30 percent with the installation of soundproof windows.

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Soundproofing Windows

You may think that soundproof interior windows do no more than block the traffic noise, booming music, and construction sounds from your home, but these windows do much more than block that!

1. Soundproofing Windows Won’t Mess Up the Looks of your Home

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These windows are custom-made, installed on the inside and work in conjunction with your existing windows. Custom design and construction allow for maximum flexibility to “mirror” your existing window. The inside and outside of your home will still look just as nice.

2. Soundproofing Windows Save Energy Costs

While reducing the noise coming into your home, these windows also serve to keep exterior air out and keep the heated or cooled air in. This means you pay less money all year to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

3. Soundproofing Windows Can Be Used With Your Window Treatments

In most cases, you can continue to use the same window treatments (binds, shades, curtains, etc.) you already have. The soundproof windows are installed on the inside of your existing windows in the window pocket in front of your primary window.

4. Soundproofing Windows Are Easy to Clean

Each model of soundproof window is designed to be easily opened for cleaning, and for easy access to the exterior windows for cleaning and maintenance.

5. You Can Still Open Your Windows With Soundproofing Windows

Except for the stationary/lift-out design, all of our soundproof windows can be readily opened and provide easy access for opening your exterior windows, as well. So, as you wish, you can still enjoy the fresh breezes of springtime, and the cooling winds of fall, as well as letting fresh air into the home.

6. Soundproofing Windows Double as Storm Windows

Soundproof windows eliminate 99 percent of any drafts and dirt infiltration from outdoors. They also provide maximum thermal control and energy savings.

7. Soundproofing Windows Add Value to Your Apartment or Home

As with any home improvement project, the amount you invest in soundproof windows raises the value of the property. It a benefit and a positive selling point if you have windows that help keep conditioned air in, block drafts, dirt, and allergens, and reduce noise entering from the outside.

8. Soundproofing Windows Block 50 to over 90 Percent of Noise

Even new, highly efficient windows allow much of the city’s noise to penetrate apartments and homes and offices. This interferes with sleeping, quiet and relaxing time, reading, listening to music, watching TV and working. Blocking this noise improves the quality of life at home and work.

Installing Soundproof Windows in Older Buildings

In older buildings and homes, single pane windows don’t only let the noise in, they also wreak havoc on energy efficiency.  But, replacing those old windows with double panes isn’t always the best solution either. The following will shed some light on why installing soundproof interior windows is oftentimes the best option when it comes to outdated windows in older buildings. 

Architectural Appeal

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Older buildings and homes usually follow an architectural theme that’s impossible to recreate, especially when it comes to windows. And, whether it’s stained glass or ornamental wood frames, replacing the windows that are original to a structure also takes away from the building’s architectural appeal.

Because of this, replacing old windows with contemporary double panes isn’t always the appropriate solution. But, installing interior windows not only leaves the original window untouched, it also creates a soundproof barrier that’s virtually unnoticeable from the exterior of the building.

With customizable sizes, colors, and glass thicknesses as well optional sliding directions and styles, new interior windows are a great way to go when the building’s age is a factor. And, because they install from the building’s interior, they won’t ruin the look of the structure or cause structural damage to original framing and woodwork.

Easy Installation

Window replacement in older buildings and homes can quickly become complicated considering older structures sometimes come with unforeseen surprises. Not only that, but the amount of labor involved with removing and replacing old windows is enough to break any budget.

But, installing new interior windows cuts down on labor time and costs because interior window installers work directly with clients and architects to achieve the best results. And, because interior windows are an addition, not a replacement, the installation process itself is a breeze.

Likewise, window replacement requires a permit considering it’s an exterior change to the structure of a building or home. But, because interior windows are installed to existing window openings from the building’s interior, no permit is required. This cuts down on paperwork as well as the overall installation cost.

Soundproof Effectiveness

When it comes to soundproofing, replacing an older building’s original windows with double panes just doesn’t create the noise-blocking sound barrier clients are looking for. Besides, dual panes use insulated glazing, which helps more in the heat transfer department than in the noise reduction department.

On the other hand, interior windows offer unparalleled noise reduction benefits by creating an airspace that acts as a sound buffer zone between the existing exterior window and the new interior one. The sound buffer zone blocks up to 95 percent of noises that otherwise easily penetrate ordinary replacement windows.

Additionally, interior windows also help with heat transfer, which is great news for the energy efficiency in older buildings. The sound-buffering airspace created by the existing exterior window and the new interior one provides superior protection in both hot and cold weather climates.

From the ease of installation to the soundproofing benefits, new interior windows are always a better option for older buildings.