The Science of Sound Proofing Your Home

Many Australian home owners face unwanted outside noise that is unfortunately heard inside the home. This can be due to property location, such as main roads, close to highways, heavy traffic areas, near train stations etc.
We are living in increasingly noisy communities – cars, motorbikes, buses, trucks, trains, trams, planes, dogs barking and noise from neighbours all contribute to a loud home environment.

Your home should be your sanctuary, a place of privacy, peace and quiet. Poor window quality can take away this comfortability, making it hard to de-stress and unwind after a long day at work. The last thing we want is to hear a thundering truck groan past as we begin to relax on the couch with
the family.

Currently, the most effective solution to insulate a home against traffic noise is double glazing windows and doors. But how exactly does this stop noise penetrating the home?

Standard windows are usually a 3mm pane of glass – hardly thick enough to block out passing traffic noise. Some homeowners opt for thicker glass as it’s a quicker, cheaper alternative to double glazing, but is far less effective. Although thicker, these single pane windows are incapable of delivering a sound-proof solution from external noise.

Double-glazing utilises two panes of thicker glass, and the space between them. There are many variations of the gap size, with some installations using a smaller air gap which only accounts for temperature insulation and not noise insulation.

Ecovue’s noise reduction windows use an optimum sound barrier combination of thicker, toughened 8.76mm glass and a 14mm argon gas air gap between the window panes.

These specialised noise-cancelling windows carry all the benefits of regular double-glazed windows, including:

  • Temperature control
  • Thermal efficiency
  • Lower energy bills
  • Increased security


It’s vital to consider double glazing when building a new home. Take some time to research the area and surrounding noise sources to determine if double glazing is required. Implementing high quality, sound-proof windows on a new home can save you money and stress in the future. A quiet, comfortable, temperature controlled home is achievable with quality double glazed windows.

All homeowners with double glazed products concur that the initial investment is more than justified.

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