Ones quality of life can be severly affected by noise pollution. Windows and doors are the most vulnerable points where noise can enter ones home. Ineffective windows and doors can make ones life insufferable due to everyday noise pollutions.
Sound Transmission Class (STC) Ratings
The ability of the window to reduce noise and sounds is measured by the Sound Transmission Class (STC) Ratings. The windows which are most effective at reducing noise are the ones made from laminated glass.
Laminated glass is two pieces of glass sandwiched together with a special inner layer, which glues them together. The thicker the glass, the harder it is for sound to come in. Double-pane laminated glass with an air gap inbetween can effectively keep out noise from construction sites, blaring radios or city traffic. The larger the air gap the more effective it is at reducing noise. Compared to a single pane of glass that has a STC rating of around 27, an insulated laminated glass unit can achieve a STC rating of up to 35, which has the ability to block even loud construction noises.