James Banta loved his historic neighborhood but it had become increasingly noisy. He knew he needed to soundproof a window or two if he wanted to keep living there. He found a great solution with acoustical window inserts from Indow.
James has deep roots in St. Augustine, Florida, which itself is the oldest permanent European occupied settlement in the United States, established in 1565. His mother, Mary Louise Ponce, is a direct descendant of Juan Ponce de Leon, who named Florida after leading the first European expedition there. His home, built in the 1930s by his mother’s half brother, is in a structure behind what was once his family’s funeral home.
So he is tied to the place he resides in many ways. But the quiet street his 97-year-old mother recalls from days when people would simply ask the telephone operator to connect them to “#3” for the funeral home, are long gone. The Victorian home behind him was demolished 20 years ago and replaced with a parking lot and a noisy pub. With the windows shut, he couldn’t even hear his own TV. He didn’t yet know it, but he needed acoustic window inserts.
“The inserts have improved the quality of my life,” he said. “You can see the action outside but you can’t hear the noise.”
His single-pane windows are such thin glass, it isn’t even made anymore. Outside noise easily penetrated it. “The noise had started getting on my nerves,” he explained.
Since he’s in a historic district, he looked into replacing the old windows at the back of the house with quieter double-pane wood replicas, but that would have cost an estimated $17,500. Also, the house had just been repainted and the floors redone. New windows would have torn up his home for 10 days and required more repainting.
Then he heard about Indow and a local dealer, Alternative Window Solutions, came out to laser measure the windows that needed Acoustic Grade inserts. Once they went in, he noticed an immediate difference. He has deeply inset windows with white plantation shutters. The inserts blend in so well, “you can’t tell they’re there.”
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