Installing soundproof glass can greatly reduce the amount of noise pollution that enters your home or building. Soundproof glass is specially treated to better deflect the sound waves from exterior noise. There are several ways to save money on the installation of soundproof glass. The primary savings will come from doing the installation yourself. The cost of labor can account for a significant percentage of the overall cost of the job.
Another way to save money on the job is to order the glass directly from the supplier instead of a retailer, who marks up the cost of the glass quite a bit. Finally, installing the soundproof glass in addition to your existing windows will not only be less expensive, but will also be more effective as the space between the two gives additional insulation against noise. An added benefit of installing the soundproof glass in addition to existing windows can help to decrease heating and cooling costs. Here is what you will need
Step 1 - Measure Windows Yourself and Order Direct
Measure your existing windows using the tape measure. Diagram each window with it's dimensions, and the type of glass that will need to be obtained. Installation will depend on the type of glass window you will be installing, whether it will be mounted against the surface of the exterior wall, if it will be installed into a window sill, or if it will be flush mounted to be even with the existing wall. Double check all measurements before ordering. Order the appropriate windows for your specific installation needs and sizes directly from the manufacturer to save the cost of a retailer.
Step 2 - Outfit the Windows Yourself
Once you have received or purchased your windows, unpack them to ensure that you have all the necessary fittings and hardware. Most windows will have foam or rubber gaskets that will be placed between the hardware and the existing mounting surface to ensure that the noise reducing properties are maintained as well as creating a water tight seal. If necessary, buy extras to ensure a proper installation.
Step 3 - Install Windows Independently
Install the windows using a drill and galvanized screws. If the window is a surface mount, drive the screws into the anchoring hole around the frame of the glass, driving the screws into the frame around the existing window. If you are installing the window into a window with a sill, the will sit on the outer edge of the sill, and secured at the bottom with screws driven into the sill, and into the surface at the top.
For a flush mount, the new glass will set recessed into the existing window opening, and secured with screws in the frame of the window on all sides. Once the window is installed securely, run a bead of caulk all around the window, and smooth the caulk out with a wet fingertip. Once the caulk has had a chance to completely cure, touch up any edges with the touch up paint.