For clinical psychologists, a quiet, sound dampening office is important. But Lester Pearlstein and his colleagues could hear construction outside their charming 1894 red brick building. Developers were constructing a 9-story apartment building across the street that involved digging down two stories for a parking garage. The single-pane double hung windows were no match for the jackhammers and backhoes tearing up the asphalt, or the trucks, motorcycles and loud talking on the sidewalk.
“We need quiet in our offices to do our work,” he said.
Researching how to soundproof an office, they found that replacing the windows would have been expensive – this is a common obstacle when it comes to office soundproofing. However, because these historic windows had frames a foot deep, Lester and his colleagues were able to turn to Indow.
They placed Indow Acoustic Grade inserts at least six inches from the window glass to create a large pocket of air to damp sound. They also had enough room to keep their blinds and window treatments in place. This type of soundproofing is also popular in hotels, where excess noise can be a real problem.
“Sometimes people talk loudly or have an argument on the street,” he said. “We don’t hear anything now.”
Lester started with one insert to see how well it did at quieting the noise, before investing in an order for a full sound dampening office. Lester’s colleague who had her window measured for the trial, was out of town when the insert came. It blended in so well with the windows that she didn’t see it at first. But the space had changed dramatically. She said, “It has been quiet.’ Lester and his colleagues ordered inserts for the other windows too.
Indow window inserts are one of the most effective methods when considering how to soundproof an office. To see performance data and learn about the testing we’ve done, click here.
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