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I'm about to start work installing laminated windows in my apartment, in part to deal with the traffic noise -- trucks, buses, and fire engines are common annoyances. (I decided against interior windows for aesthetic reasons.)
I wonder if anyone here has laminated windows, and if the slight tinting bothers you, or you don't notice it?
I have a choice between single and double-laminated windows. I'd pick double, but am concerned because the sample shows a bit of greenish tinting.
PS: Single has STC rating of 39 and OITC of 31. From online charts I'm estimating that double-laminated has STC of 43-44 and OITC of 34-35. OITC is more relevant to traffic noise, because it gives importance to low frequencies.
We have windows with a slight tint in one of our rooms to reduce glare/UV rays. You get used to it and it does not bother us. But when you go into a room with the non-tinted windows it is very noticeable.
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"We have windows with a slight tint in one of our rooms to reduce glare/UV rays. You get used to it and it does not bother us. But when you go into a room with the non-tinted windows it is very noticeable."
Mine is barely noticeable, but when it becomes really noticeable is when you open the windows (they're standard double-hung), and the one sash covers the other sash and both tinted panes together REALLY make a contrast next to the open screen.
Hi Keith and Matt, thanks for sharing. Matt, is yours tinted or laminated? If it's the latter, does it really cut down on the noise?
have you looked into triple pane windows with foam spacers and the like?
i lived in a 1960s hirise that had double pane windows that faced 8 lanes of traffic. the noise was significant. i replaced the windows with new double pane windows that had more felt, rubber, etc and the noise was cut significantly. i'd suspect that using the triple name with the foam spacers and foam filled frames could eliminate most noise and save a fortune rather than going with CityQuiet or the other company that sells almost exclusively to Manhattanites and rips them off.
I'm not doing the CitiQuiet thing -- they install interior windows, which is incompatible with panoramic picture windows I'd like to have. Instead, I'm going with Skyline and getting double-pane tilt-and-turn picture windows. The decision I'm facing is whether one or both panes would be laminated (instead of monolithic glass, there would be a layer of plastic "sandwiched" between two thinner layers of glass). Laminated glass reduces noise, but makes the window slightly darker-- I have a 12x12" double-laminated sample and it's easily noticeable side-by-side with my old windows. Single-laminated should be half as dark. I really wish I had a full-size "sample" to evaluate, though.
Ultimately, I'm hoping that just like you, I'll see a sufficiently big difference from just having better insulation and eliminating window air conditioners that I'd be ok with just single lamination.