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Simonton Soundproof Windows Reviews

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Editor's Soundproofing Windows Review

Simonton is one of most popular replacement window manufacturers and one of the most recognizable for consumers. They offer two options in terms of soundproof windows, although neither window we mention is really built specifically as a sound control window per se.

The first is their StormBreaker Plus window, which is their impact window that comes standard with laminated glass. The laminated glass is somewhat effective at lowering sound because of how the sound waves react to the interlayer that is sandwiched between the panes of glass. The window is well constructed, which also plays a role in lowering sound.

The second window is their Impressions 9800 series, that can be upgraded to a laminated glass and will do a decent job in terms of soundproofing. The 9800 window is their top of the line vinyl window and would be a good fit for a consumer who needs a full replacement that isn't going to break the bank, but doesn't require a super heavy duty soundproofing window.


Simonton Laminated Glass

We are renovating our 100 year old home and our builder says we can stick with replacements because the wood frame and casings are solid. This will help us save some considerable money by not having to tear out the plaster. etc. Currently we get a lot of traffic noise from the street out the house. Because we live on the corner, it effects all of the bedrooms windows. My question is this, will a laminated glass upgrade have a big effect on noise? Is it enough to just upgrade the windows to a good quality vinyl replacement? We are looking at the Simonton 5500 series with the Starter 366 glass package.

Will - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

Without seeing the conditions of your old windows, it's impossible to say how a decent window like the 5500 series will effect the noise attentuation. If your old windows were single pane and beginning to have some real issues at the corners or any gapping, then new vinyl replacements with good solid installation will probably be enough (although traffic noise is all relative to your own sensitivities).

Laminate glass will help with the noise some, but not as much as people think. Laminated glass is more for the strength it provides the window to handle debris during storms or a possible thief trying to get in. The best soundproofing technique is to increase the gap size between the two panes of glass, which can only be done at the factory. Soundproof windows prices are not for the faint of heart. I would bring in 3 window companies or contractors and let them listen to the street sound and have them give you their opinion. If they more or less agree on the right solution, I would go with that.

Lenny - Contractor - from 2012