Calling all window experts for a soundproofing question
March 11, 2014 5:33 PM Subscribe
saga continues. After talking with various government employees, I finally got in touch with a person in code enforcement who stoically informed me that, since the business is zoned for agricultural, they are allowed to work 24 hours a day and do whatever they well please and there's not a thing we can do about it.
posted by massofintuition to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I then called a lawyer whose consultation fee is $400/hour, which is a whole lot of money for pursuing a case I'm not even sure I have. I'm not even sure if he was the right kind of lawyer I'm looking for, as searching "nuisance lawyer" on yelp does nothing.
So while I'm still researching that, we have been looking for soundproofing options and had a contractor come and look at our windows, get measurements, etc. He confidently informed us that if we got dual pane, 1/8"+3/16", the noise would be greatly decreased. The windows would be vinyl with argon gas. Another plus would be heat reduction in the summer, which we badly need since we don't have AC.
Coincidentally, shortly after he left, we ran into our neighbor, who has the 1/4"+3/16" and insisted that we should get it too, and that it is the only kind that will work.
We emailed the contractor, who said that we actually want the thinner 1/8" because having more space between the two panes of glass is what will decrease the sound.
I do trust my neighbor, because he has not led us astray in other home improvement matters and because he is familiar with the noise, but then the contractor is the professional in this matter.
So I would love to get some opinions on what has worked for your dual pane thickness.