If you live near a busy road, or close to an airport, you probably find that noise pollution in your home is a problem. Unwanted noise can be a big deal, leading to higher stress levels and loss of sleep.

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While there are official limits on things like vehicle noise, https://www.gov.uk/noise-pollution-road-train-plane/vehicle-noise-limits, it can still present an issue for many householders. If you want to be able to enjoy a quiet environment at home, good glazing could well be the answer. But with a number of options available, what’s the best choice to keep noise levels in your home down?

Double or triple

If you’re looking at replacing windows with new ones, then it’s likely you’ll have the choice of double or triple glazing. Whilst you might think that triple glazing is automatically the better choice for reducing external noise, this is not necessarily the case.

The latest double glazed units from suppliers such as http://www.keanewindows.ie/uPVC-windows.html have a wider gap between the panes than older windows and use different thicknesses of glass, sometimes laminates too, which have a good noise insulating effect. Also, the latest frames are more or less air tight when closed which also helps cut noise transmission.

On the other hand, triple glazed units have advantages too. They offer improved thermal performance, making your house warmer, as well as offering improved security. If you’re looking to buy new uPVC windows in Dublin it’s worth carefully weighing up the different options.

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Cutting noise

In the past cutting noise levels often involved installing a secondary layer of glazing inside the existing layer of windows. However, modern glazing technology offers better alternatives that are less intrusive.

In order to cut noise effectively, you can specify double glazing where one pane of glass is thicker than the other, usually by around a third. This has the effect of changing the shape of the sound wave as it passes through the glazing, reducing the level that reaches your room. A further measure is to include a laminate pane in the glazing. This is made up of two sheets of glass bonded to an interlayer, which has the effect of reducing the amount of sound transmitted still further.

You need to choose the best solution for your needs and weigh up carefully the noise reduction and energy saving advantages.