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will shed some light on why installing soundproof interior windows is oftentimes the best option when it comes to outdated windows in older buildings.
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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.
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.
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.