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Finding Noise-Reducing Windows Using STC Ratings

Design and energy efficiency should be top considerations when investing in new windows. But there is another important factor that many homeowners tend to overlook: noise reduction. Windows that block ambient noise from outside provide immense value, given the numerous health benefits a relaxing and quiet home environment provides.

Finding Noise-Reducing Windows Using STC Ratings

Here’s how you can tell whether a window has good noise-reduction capabilities:

STC Ratings 

The STC rating, which applies to windows, doors and other types of barriers, approximates the amount of noise a barrier can block. The higher a window’s STC rating, the more noise it can block.

The STC range for windows is 18-38. To get the best bang for your buck, make sure you buy a window that has a higher-than-average STC value. For example, if you’re looking for a single-pane glass window, look for one that has an STC of 27 or higher. The average range for that type of window is 26-28, with 27 being the typical value. And if you opt for a double-pane glass window, choose one with a value of 26 or higher.

Window Options 

If you want to save yourself the trouble of having to scour the market for a multipurpose window, you might want to look at home improvement company Renewal by Andersen’s catalog of windows. All our products come with High-Performance Low-E4 glass, which has an STC value of 34 that places it well within the upper range of noise-reducing dual-pane windows. Our High-Performance Low-E4 glass is also highly energy efficient.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Renewal by Andersen of Dallas/Fort Worth today at (877) 605-2922. We serve clients in Fort Worth, TX.