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Love thy neighbour?

11 Nov 2011

There is nothing like the persistent thud of an incessant noisy neighbour to drive you barmy, and whether it’s the loud music they play, or the barking dog they have, the question is; can you really love thy neighbour?

A noisy neighbour or neighbourhood can cause great irritation and, if extreme, can force people to make rash decisions on whether to stay in an area or not. Noise can come from various sources such as dogs barking, loud music, shouting and DIY or even busy roads, railways, airports or nearby bars, and restaurants.

With this increase in noise levels, ways to sound-proof our homes has become a highly prevalent topic, shifting from being a homeowner’s luxury to more of an everyday urban essential. So, before the ‘For Sale’ sign goes up, it is important to consider your options. Selecting the right type of glass can help to filter out the noise that neighbours and neighbourhoods make, allowing you to enjoy that you love so much.

Pilkington Optiphon™ is a high performance acoustic laminated glass that has sound attenuating properties, specifically designed to tackle high levels of noise. A PVB (Poly Vinyl Butyral) interlayer sits between two panes of Pilkington glass of various thicknesses, which work together to reduce the transmission of external sounds and provide a more comfortable level of internal noise.

Pilkington Optiphon™ is also ideal for internal glazing, so if it’s not the neighbours who are causing the noise, but instead it’s your own family, Pilkington Optiphon™ could be a consideration for glass partitions in the home, protecting areas from noise such as computer games, television or music.

Pilkington has developed a Sound Simulator to allow customers to hear the simulated effect that different types of glass, and particularly Pilkington Optiphon™, can have on reducing various external noises to provide a comfortable internal level. To use the tool, click here.



For more information about Pilkington Optiphon™ please visit here, or to watch a video of the product in action, please click here.