Not so long ago I stayed in a London hotel, situated on a main road. Technology has advanced considerably over recent years and when staying in a relatively nice hotel, you don’t think about the windows and how soundproof they are. Due to this hotel’s location and it being in the middle of London, traffic did not stop whizzing past all night, resulting in a poor night sleep and a very tired Louie the next day.
Sometimes it is easy to forget about the technological advancements that have happened over the last few decades, soundproof double glazing being one of them. I think it is safe to say the majority of homes and buildings have double glazed windows, but as I found out, not all are up to scratch. Keeping your home up to date is important and I think for a hotel, who will want their customers to have a good night sleep, sound reducing double glazing will be something at the top of their agenda.
Sound travels in waves, reverberating objects on contact. This vibration happens in glass too and if both pieces of glass in the double glazed unit are the same thickness, they will vibrate at the same frequency. Although this deadens the sound, it is not as effective as having two panes of glass at different thickness. These two panes distort the noise level coming into your home or out of it.
Anglian Home Improvement’s standard glazing provides a level of sound insulation at 31 decibels. What does this mean though? The best way to answer is with an example. So, if a car passing your house creates a noise level of 55-65 decibels, you would only hear about 24-34 decibels from inside your home. This is the equivalent to somebody whispering. Any sounds on the outside that are 31 decibels or less will not be heard from inside. Anything more than 31 decibels you will hear, but at a much lesser extent.
Anglian’s Safe and Sound glazing uses 6.4mm thick laminated glass as the outside pane and a 4mm pane of glass on the inside. These are separated by a 14mm cavity, which helps reduce the sound penetration further and helps increase the level of sound insulation to 36 decibels. Laminated glass works particularly well at reducing certain sound frequencies and adds to the security of the window should someone attempt to force entry or break the window.
So, to sum it up, I think it is necessary to have sound reducing glass in a hotel; the room could be incredible, but if it is noisy at night, it loses its value. Adding double or even triple glazing can help improve the sound insulation making it a worthwhile investment. Have you ever had an experience like mine? Let us know in the comments panel below.