Australians are now living and working closer to each other than ever before. And we are noisier now than we were a generation ago – with most homes now containing at least one television and a range of household appliances. As for our workplaces, the traffic congestion and busy city streets are easily within ear-shot.
Why does all this noise matter?
Noise is unwanted sound, and it can spoil the way you’re able to enjoy your space in complete comfort.
Imagine waking up in the morning to a garbage truck picking up your bins out the front, with sound almost like something was crashing straight through your bedroom window.
Maybe this hasn’t ever happened to you, but you can relate to how disturbing noise can be when it infiltrates the spaces where you live and work.
What kind of role does glass play in noise transferral?
The majority of Australian buildings use ordinary clear 4mm or thinner glass, but ordinary glass provides a particularly easy path for noise transmission.
However, we should note that glass may not be the only problem. Any opening in the roof or walls of a building, such as vents or construction gaps, provide a simple entry point for noise. In the same way, windows and doors which do not seal well will allow noise to pass around their frames. A thorough assessment of the entire building is advisable to make sure the weakest links are being dealt with first and foremost.
How does noise performance glass make a difference?
To help make your space the sanctuary it should be, we have products like VLam Hush™ to help reduce noise entering your space. This glass product contains a laminate which uses a specially developed interlayer to dampen noise.
VLam Hush™ is single glazed acoustic performance glass that provides a 6Db improvement compared to typical ordinary glass found in home windows. This is like picking your house up and moving it roughly double the distance from the noise source to achieve equivalent reduction in sound.
Looking at this another way, VLam Hush™ offers equivalent noise control to far thicker laminated and non-laminated glass products, meaning you can have thinner and lighter glass that still offers great noise performance.
ComfortHush™ is another great option! This product not only contains the noise dampening interlayer, it also has a Low E coating added to the glass making it more energy efficient compared to ordinary glass.
What do I do now?
If you’re starting to like the sound of a glass that could let you enjoy the highest quality of life amidst the hustle and bustle, and you want to start finding the right glass to meet your needs – we’ve got just the thing! Read more about our noise products here.