Like many people, I live in an urban environment, and like many cities, it is a noisy one: traffic, trains, airplanes, etc.
Also like many people, my home has moderately-priced double-paned windows, with glass that is only 1/8" thick. These windows transmit a lot of sound into the room, as the same-thickness panes resonate like crazy and the two panes are only 1/4" apart, so any resonance on the outer pane is transmitted to the inner pane very efficiently.
The net of this is that many windows, particularly larger ones, bring a lot of city noise into the room - that dull city rumble, as well as higher-pitched sounds of traffic.
Only a few people are willing to indulge in major architectural work to improve their listening room, particularly if you live in an apartment, but I believe that there is a market for moderately-priced room tuning products that work well and can be taken with you when you move. Replacing the windows with thicker glass would also work, but be fairly costly.
After that long-winded introduction, the question I’d like feedback on is “What are your thoughts on a product that would substantially reduce noise coming in through your windows, with a reasonable WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor)?”
This would consist of translucent polymer material a few mm thick, that would stick to (and easily peel off) windows.The appearance would be similar to smooth silicone rubber, and it would pass around 80% of exterior light. You could cut the stuff with scissors to suit. The material would dampen resonance and sound transmission both by mass-damping (adding weight to the glass “diaphragm”) and by unconstrained internal damping in the material.
The idea is to simply stick a piece of the stuff on the window surface (no adhesive needed). One might need a couple of square feet for a 30"x72" window. In my case, four of such windows face on a deck behind my speakers, and there is not much point in seeing the bars supporting the railing. I’d place the stuff on the lower half of the windows, so it would not obscure the view of anything I want to see.
Direct pricing would be on the order of $75-100 for such a window - the more used on a window, the better sound control.
Share your thoughts?