Triple windows reduce the noise

Windows with triple glazing - does that mean better sound insulation?

Soundproofing for windows

With the windows closed you should be able to read, watch TV or sleep undisturbed. For this it is necessary that the window has an appropriate sound-absorbing effect.

Which sound insulation is required at a certain location depends on the level of the respective ambient noise and on one's own sensitivity to noise.

Soundproofing classes

In order to better classify the effect of sound-insulating glass, the VDI guideline 2719 defines certain sound insulation classes for windows.

The measure for the assignment to a certain sound insulation class is the degree of noise reduction. The volume difference in dB A (decibel A) between the noise in front of and behind the window is measured.

It should be noted, however, that the volume measure is not a constantly increasing value. Noise that is reduced by 10 dB is subjectively perceived as half as loud. Conversely, increasing the soundproofing insulation by 10 dB means that the noise outside is then only perceived as half as loud.

Windows of sound insulation class 1 have a noise insulation capacity of 25-29 dB, in class 2 the outside noise is already attenuated by 30-34 dB. The highest noise protection class that is assessed is class 6, in which the outside noise through the window is attenuated by more than 50 dB.

Soundproofing with triple glazing

Compared to double-glazed windows, triple-glazed windows already have a slightly higher sound insulation value from the outset. This is due to the additional glass pane.

However, you have to note that a surcharge for sound insulation is significantly higher for a triple-glazed window than for a double-glazed window. So if it is primarily about noise protection and special insulating windows are required, you should definitely consider whether to buy double or triple glazed windows.

The prices for double-glazed windows are usually cheaper than for triple-glazed windows. Of course, the U-value of the window still plays a role in the selection. Ideally, you will find windows with a high level of thermal insulation and sound insulation.

Under certain circumstances, you can upgrade your existing windows with soundproofing foils to a certain extent. However, the effect is only limited to certain achievable values.