National Noise Epidemic Calls for Soundproofing

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Ever increasing noise levels impact millions more each year, causing increased stress, disturbed sleep patterns and a deteriorating quality of life.

Without soundproofing, peace and quiet is almost impossible to achieve. The US Census Bureau estimates a population rise of 5% by 2010, which is a major contributor to the noise problem. Additionally, air traffic is expected to grow 4.3% annually through 2015 and automobile ownership is projected to grow over 15% by 2010 in some areas.

The escalation in noise has resulted in dozens of noise-related lawsuits against next-door neighbors, airports, railroads, nightclubs, supermarkets and dog owners, citing everything from noise-induced hearing loss, non-physical stress and annoyance, noise pollution, to disturbing the peace and quiet.

Many sound walls have been built as a means of soundproofing homes situated next to freeways and other busy traffic areas; unfortunately instead of solving the noise problem, they just “spread it around”. The closest homes have the noise reduced from “very loud” to “loud”, but many more homes have their noise levels changed from a tolerable level into a significant noise problem.

Many home owners, businesses and developers are taking soundproofing into their own hands, rather than expecting someone else to do something about it.

Unable to sleep comfortably previously, a 15th floor apartment dweller on Second Avenue in New York City stated that after soundproofing, the street noise was barely noticeable and sleeping became a pleasure instead of a struggle.

One Louisiana bed-and-breakfast owner had continuous complaints about the noise level from the bar next door. After taking measures to soundproof their establishment, a 150-year old house, the complaints completely stopped.

Some developers offer soundproofing as an upgrade to their standard home designs. It took one Northern California developer over a year to sell 9 of the 12 homes he had just built when offering soundproofing only as an upgrade; on the last three homes, he decided to pre-install the soundproofing, and sold these almost immediately.

“You can do something about the noise problem with soundproofing, even if a highway is only 50 feet away from your home,” explains soundproofing expert, and president of Soundproof Windows, Randy Brown. “For existing homes and buildings, the thing to do is to install soundproofing to handle the greatest noise source: your windows.”

“To say ‘People can learn to live with the noise’ is unacceptable,” adds Brown. “’Soundproofing’ is a relative term: 100% soundproofing is not possible, even with specially built sound studios. But with other less drastic measures you can stop 75 to 95% of the noise, which does not even require replacing your windows.” Brown notes that adding dual pane windows alone will only reduce noise levels by 20% at best.

Find out more about Soundproof Windows and soundproofing in general at The site also includes sample installations and customer comments. Or contact them directly, toll-free at 877-GET-QUIET (438-7843), 47630 Kato Road, Fremont, California.

About Soundproof Windows:

Since 1998, Soundproof Windows has been a nationwide manufacturer of soundproofing windows for noise abatement, providing an alternative or enhancement to standard window replacement in residential as well as commercial applications. Their soundproofing products reduce noise levels by 75% or more and are fully functional with excellent insulation qualities.

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