Noise has become a very important problem in Western Canada. Growth surrounding cities in Western Canada from the downtown core to the outskirts is increasing in congestion and traffic noise. Escaping to the suburbs is no answer as the traffic noise is everywhere. This noise is causing many sleepless nights!! This is creating much unnecessary stress for many of us!!
Fortunately bQuiet Soundproof windows has a Canadian made solution. No matter where you live; Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Saskatoon, Regina or Winnipeg, this soundproof window is your best solution for reducing unwanted exterior noise! Our soundproof window is very simple to install. It arrives with do it yourself instructions and all the necessary materials for easy installation. The bQuiet window system is a second window placed behind or inside your existing window. This allows for original windows to be kept, preserving the exterior look and complies with any regulations condo and townhouse owners face. The bQuiet Soundproof window will significantly reduce noise generally 75%-90% and still keeps the functionality of opening and closing your existing windows. Any home, condominium or commercial offices that suffer from excessive noise because of their vicinity to a busy street, railway tracks, airport flight path or noisy neighbors will greatly benefit from the installation of a bQuiet Soundproof window.
If unwanted noise is your only problem, then bQuiet soundproof windows offers the option to solve your soundproofing problems. Our soundproof window system is a second window placed behind or inside your existing window. The bQuiet window will open and close with your existing windows. With our windows, there is no need to remove or replace your existing windows. This allows you to maintain the exterior look of your home or condo, which is especially important for condo owners who have restrictions.
Any home, condominium or commercial offices that suffer from excessive noise because of their vicinity to a busy street, railway tracks, airport flight path or noisy neighbors will greatly benefit from the installation of a bQuiet window.
Soundproof Sliding Glass Doors
Why should the windows have all the fun? bQuiet sliding glass doors are able to reduce noise just as effectively as our windows; 75-90%. As we do with windows, we add a 2nd layer to your sliding door – a 2nd glass layer that is laminated, blocking sound and adding security. The coldest room in your home is typically the one with the sliding glass door due to the glass itself and the non-sufficient seals that typically surround them. With our 2nd glass door added, drafts are virtually eliminated, thus changing the room to one of the most comfortable in the entire home.
bQuiet Soundproof windows & sliding glass doors provide another substantial benefit. Because we use laminated glass, security is increased significantly! Sliding glass doors normally have tempered glass, which can be easily broken by an intruder. The laminated glass offers excellent security and peace of mind by preventing break-ins. Due to the time required and the noise produced attempting to break through, the effort required to break them deters many intruders. Laminated glass also offers the advantage of protecting interiors from flying glass, projectiles and other damage because they remain intact when struck.
Why bQuiet Soundproof Windows & Sliding Glass Doors Work
Sound is heard through the weakest link, adversely the loudest sounds are heard; Example: If you are in a group of people who are talking, you must speak louder in order to be heard. The ability for something to reduce the amount of sound that passes through it is measured in STC or Sound Transmission Class – it is expressed on a scale of 0-100. 100 means complete soundproofing. To achieve an STC 100 would mean zero windows and concrete walls about 3 feet thick. A typical house with brick walls would have an STC of approximately 60-65 on the walls. The problem is the windows – a typical thermal window with 5/8″ airspace has an STC rating of approximately 27-29. Therefore, the majority of the noise you hear is coming through your windows.
A bQuiet Soundproof window or sliding glass door is a second window/door that is placed on the inside of your existing window/door. It consists of acoustical laminated glass and heavy gauge aluminum frames that adapt to any interior. Think of it as a sophisticated storm window. In rare situations it can be mounted on the outside also. The goal is to mount the soundproof window at least 3-4 inches away from the glass of the existing window. Sound reduction is achieved with density and space. The further away the soundproof window is placed, the greater the sound reduction. For example, a soundproof window that is located 4 1/2″ away from the existing window has a 3-5 point higher STC rating compared to one that is located 2 1/2″ away.
Lower Stress and Better Health:
Unwanted noise causes restless sleep, lack of sleep, higher stress levels and discomfort. More and more is being discovered about the harmful effects of unwanted noise in our home or work environment. Installing bQuiet Soundproof windows/doors will reduce this unwanted noise and virtually eliminate the stress.
bQuiet Soundproof windows/doors reduce noise by 75-90%. Imagine how much better you can sleep if your windows/doors could eliminate the outside noise that keeps you and your family awake at night. No more waking up tired every morning.
Work Comfortably & Increase Productivity:
Studies show a comfortable work environment substantially increases productivity. Reducing or virtually eliminating unwanted noise and distractions with our soundproof windows will allow you to be much more efficient thus working less and getting more done.
Existing Windows are Untouched:
bQuiet Soundproof windows/doors are a second window/door placed behind or inside your existing window, there’s no need to remove or replace your existing windows.
Fully Operational & Removable:
bQuiet Soundproof windows can easily be removed or made to be fully operational, allowing for easy cleaning, and not impeding the functioning of your existing windows.
Increase Value of Your Home or Condo:
Less noise means better value for residential homeowners who want to enjoy watching television, listening to music and spending quiet time inside. Noise reduction reduces stress levels and permits people to be more productive, creative, and comfortable, while enjoying improved privacy. The value of your property will skyrocket compared to your neighbours’ as you enjoy all the benefits of a great central location without the noise problems they have to endure. Prospective buyers will gladly pay a premium for your quiet, comfortable property when comparing it to the loud, noisier alternatives.
Real Estate Rises in Value with bQuiet Windows/Doors:
Real estate in noisy areas sells for less and doesn’t appreciate in value compared to quieter locations. By adding bquiet soundproof windows, many of our clients have restored the value of their properties compared to their quieter counterparts.
One such case study is a couple that purchased a beautiful town house in Calgary, Alberta – an end unit next to a busy street. The Purchase price in 2009 was roughly $30,000 less than the same size townhomes away from the traffic. The couple contacted us and we installed our bQuiet windows on the second floor, providing peace and tranquility in the bedrooms. A year later in 2010 the couple had to re-locate and sold their Calgary townhome home for 25% more than the purchase price in 2009. The new value was closer to the same townhouses located further away from the traffic in the quieter zone.
Another example is a home in Vancouver that had to be listed for $40,000 less than the neighbour across the street in a smaller house. The listed house backed on to a busy street, which was widened to 4 lanes a few years prior. The owner had our bQuiet windows installed and decided to stay, he can now confidently list his home for the same price as his neighbour’s across the street.
Many of the new homes being built today are near very busy traffic areas – the 400 series highways, major streets, closer to airports, near train tracks, etc… Sound walls are often a requirement, however they don’t extend to the second floor, leaving the upper bedrooms exposed. We find many of our clients have empty upstairs bedrooms and are sleeping in lower rooms because of the high noise level. When we install our bquiet windows, bedrooms are re-claimed and the value of the home rises.
Often great locations in parts of the city come at the cost of excessive noise. It often comes down to tolerating the situation, where we’ll hear people say “I’ll get used to it”. Please check our articles page on the long-term effects of noise. With bquiet windows, you can now live in any exciting part of the city that you desire, but in a quiet environment. It’s like having your cake and eating it too.
Reasons for Soundproofing in Commercial buildings:
- Provides a quieter, more productive work environment
- Lower utility bills that help offset the one-time cost of the windows.
- Less maintenance because of reduced use of the heating/cooling systems
- As a landlord, higher rent can be charged because of the benefits listed above
Apartments and Hotels:
Creating a quieter environment in Apartments and Hotels results in higher value, the ability to charge higher rates, less turnover and more repeat business. Generally people remember not to return to a hotel where they experienced a sleepless night due to noise. A loyal customer-base certainly helps in the hospitality industry.