Noise is a real problem! Noise is simply unwanted sound. In the home, most people consider noise to be just about any sound other than the sound made by what they’re doing. For example, if you are on the phone, the television in the next room is noise. Conversely, if you’re watching television, a phone conversation in the next room can be noise. Your teenagers’ music is noise, period! In addition, noise is bad for your health and there is sufficient proof to back that information. Unfortunately, one cannot always control the sound outside, such as traffic, construction or a noisy neighbour or dog…
Credit: The Heritage Portal / Sandton’s major towers including the rising Leonardo on the right
Looking at the holistic design of an area, the noise problem will be more than just a window or door factor. Even though a double-glazed window will help, noise still travels through ceilings, walls etc. and these are the areas that would need specialised acoustic treatment too. We advise that you contact an acoustic consultant who will do a feasibility study of your space and provide a proposal on how you can solve your ‘noise’ problem.
After the professional feedback you should please keep in mind that Aluglass Bautech offers a wide range of acoustic treatment solutions to help with your inside and outside noise levels around your home. This is what we can help you with:
To double-glaze or not?
Double Glazing is usually associated with homes in colder climates, where the weather does conspire to kill you. But the right glazing can also act as a sturdy barrier against noise. A very important point, which is often missed, is that if glass is required to offer an acoustic solution, the frame must be treated acoustically as well to meet the same acoustic rating as the glass. The frames are a key reason why planning the glass systems of a building project is crucial.
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Doors play an integral role in controlling the movement of sound through a house. They are typically the thinnest barrier in a wall and, when it comes to reducing noise, they don’t benefit from the thicker—sometimes insulated—construction of walls. Acoustic Doors are the answer! These doors are finished either in wood or glass and can effectively stop noise from getting through the usual gaps around a door. Again, it is not just the actual door that is important, but the frame too!
Try a few acoustic panels
Ever noticed how a few strands of hair can hold back a lot of water in your shower? A little goes a long way – and this is especially true with acoustic panels. Even though they only cover a small part of a surface, they are very effective at reducing noise levels. Put a few on the wall between you and your noisy toddler. Or place a couple on the ceiling to dampen your noisy neighbour upstairs. Acoustic panels are a very cost-effective and easy choice to help manage noise.
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Open plan living is modern and has slowly become part of our everyday lives, from a home office within a living room to a dining room area leading into the kitchen. These spaces should be well designed and able to utilise the best of the overall room in their function. Open spaces give you a lot of configuration options, while mobile acoustic partitions can segment that space and still control how sound behaves. Any space can be quickly configured for different uses without losing any acoustic control nor spoiling the existing décor and with Variflex® mobile acoustic GLASS partitions you can redefine the space and sound, without losing the ambiance of light.
You can turn your spaces into both sound and visual paradises. Don’t ever feel forced in choosing between good looks and good sound again!