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7 Ways To Reduce Rain Noise On Roof Windows
A genuine concern when planning an extension is rain (or other) noise through any roof windows. Rain noise can spoil the pleasure of a roof conversion or an extra window added into a roof space.
Rain falling heavily onto glass is noisy, and there is nothing that can be done to change that.
However, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the disruption to domestic bliss.
Here are 7 ways to reduce rain noise on roof windows:
Steps you can take before the roof lantern is installed:
Consider the location of the roof windows on the property.
If the windows aren’t fitted yet, it is worth considering the placement of any roof glazing during planning. If the property is exposed to extreme conditions, placing windows in the shadow of prevailing weather will reduce the effect of the worst driving rain. Any buildings, or even trees uphill from your home could offer some shelter too.
2) Opt for noise-reducing glazing styles for your lantern.
Here at Prestige Lanterns, all of our products can accommodate glazing styles which will help reduce noise reduction. These noise-reducing options include:
Sealed unit spacing– The larger the gap between panes of glass, the greater the sound insulating quality. Sealed unit spacing is a great option to reduce rain noise.
Triple glazing. A triple glazed unit will muffle more rain noise than a double.
Thick panes – again, the thicker the glass the quieter the room below.
Gas filled cavities – gas within a sealed unit not only contributes to heat insulation but also helps reduce the noise travelling through the window.
Foam spacers – sealed units whose spacers are foam based rather than metal, offer greater soundproofing.
Is your roof lantern already installed?
If your roof windows are already in situation and the rain noise is becoming a distraction to living or keeping the family wake, there are actions will may help reduce the impact.
3) Check the fitting of the lantern.
Check that the windows are fitted and sealed into the roof. The area around the window should be insulated too. Rain noise can be exaggerated through any voids or loose fittings.
4) Put up some awning blinds.
Blinds that fit to the outside of the window will help to deaden the noise of heavy rain. They are specifically designed to filter the sun’s rays before they hit glass so can stop the room getting too hot too.
5) Fit some shutters.
Shutters can also help to reduce rain noise, although they are an expensive option. Electrically operated, insulated shutters are available, where necessary.
6) Fit some honeycomb blinds.
If space on the window reveal allows, honeycomb style blinds running within guide tracks will offer good insulation for both heat and sound. The downside being, as with many of these solutions, they will also be blocking out the light.
7) Try insulating blinds.
There are many styles of blinds available for roof windows, they will all offer some protection against rain noise, whilst possibly compromising the light offered by the window.
Prestige Roof Lanterns UK are experts in supplying and fitting roof lanterns and skylights. Please contact us if you have any questions on reducing rain noise from your roof windows.