We all lead such busy, hectic lives these days that it’s no surprise we want to make our homes as peaceful and as calm as we possibly can… just so we can escape it all whenever we want. But when lots of irritating noise from the outside world starts flooding into our home, our nice safe haven is pretty much destroyed.
Noise pollution can quickly become an insurmountable source of stress for homeowners, so it’d be wise to make sure you’ve done all you can where insulation is concerned, as well as other noise reduction strategies, to ensure that noise stays outside where it belongs.
New research from Churchill Home Insurance has just this week (January 10th) revealed that the most irritating noise that could come into a house from the neighbouring property is bass music.
The study also found that 13 million of us are losing 6.5 hours of sleep each week because of noisy people next door. Other sources of annoying noise were revealed as being couples arguing, DIY like drilling and hammering, babies crying, children arguing, phone alarms going off, lawns being mowed and footsteps.
Head of Churchill Home Insurance Martin Scott said: “Noise can have such a debilitating effect on us, due to the lost sleep, increased stress and sometimes even conflict with neighbours. It is often the case that those causing the noise do not realise how loud they are being. They may have hardwood floors or a high-end sound system and not realise how this sounds in the flat below, for example.”
If you have sash windows in Buckinghamshire or elsewhere and are concerned that your home has become a lot noisier than before, you might want to take a look at your glazing and see if there are any weak areas or any windows that need to be replaced or upgraded.
Walls and ceilings are very effective at blocking out sound because they absorb the waves, but glass windows allow for more sound vibrations to pass through -and therefore into your house. There are several ways you can improve the soundproofing nature of your windows, so it’s just a matter of picking which one is most suitable for you.
Secondary glazing, where a bigger gap is added between window panes, is a good choice, or you could add mass to glass in order to make it thinner. Another avenue to go down is using laminate soundproof glass, made up of two pieces of glass with a layer of polyvinyl butyral between them both.
And then, of course, there’s double glazing. This is a good way to soundproof your home, particularly if you’re replacing ill-fitting single glazing. The bigger the gap between the panes, the more effective your sound insulation will be, so bear this in mind.
You should also note that any trickle ventilators you have on your windows will affect how well your soundproofing performs. You can replace these with acoustic ventilators but they’re not especially attractive.