Windows noise reduction

huggieNovember 15, 2008


I stumble upon this site and Oberon's old post when I google for laminated glass and noise. Oberon mentioned that "using one thicker (3/16') and one thinner (1/16') lite in an IG construction will also help deaden sound because each lite is 'transparent' to a different frequency and each lite will then attenuate the frequency that the other lite 'passed'.". What's a lite? Is it just a piece of glass? Would using different thickness be useful on a laminated glass as well?

I live in Taiwan and length is measured in millimeter(mm). I am mainly looking for laminated glass. 5mm + interlayer + 5mm and 5mm + interlayer + 3mm are more common. 5mm + interlayer + 8mm is not unheard of either, although more expensive. I am assuming the thicker the better, but I'm not sure about the STC ratings and if the money justifies it.

I've also heard from local window vendor (mom & pop shops) that frame often matters more than glasses and he recommends me a 8mm monolithic window. I'm getting more and more confused. The local mom & pop window shops usually do not know about the STC ratings on the products they sell. I probably have to call up the makers to know the details.

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If you used laminated glass it would be different sizes. Usually laminated glass is either the inside or outside glass pane, not both.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2008 at 9:05PM
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As you thought, "lite" is simply a term used to describe one sheet of glass.

The most common thickness of laminated glass in North America is probably 3mm / .76mm / 3mm.

Impact products increase the interlayer to 2.29mm and might use any glass thickness from 3mm to 6mm depending on the application.

Using different thicknesses of glass in a laminated make-up will have some affect on sound propagation. Monolithic laminated glass at any make-up will be a noticeable improvement over a single lite of annealed glass. A laminated glass make-up of 3mm / .76mm / 5mm should perform very well in sound application.

Your mom and pop shop folks are not correct when they say that the frame is more important than the glass make-up - however, a tight frame and rigid construction will be much better than a loose frame and sash assembly.

If the window leaks air, it will pass sound.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2008 at 6:56AM
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I had some really bad double pane window, they were gas filled also, they didn't have much space between the glass and I think the new windows glass is actually thicker also. It has been a world of difference on noise reduction since my new windows were installed. I can't quote #'s though but the amt. of space between glass and thicker glass, new windows also have what is called a solar sheild between glass and argon gas, not sure if that helped also.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2008 at 9:39AM
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Huggy, did you find a supplier of noise reduction windows in Taiwan? If so can you share the info. I live in Taiwan also and I'm looking for this type of window,


    Bookmark   December 10, 2010 at 9:13AM
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