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A Sound Decision: How uPVC Sash Windows Reduce Noise Pollution

Noise pollution can be a nightmare. From stopping you from sleeping to damaging your heart, exposure to too much noise can significantly affect your health and well-being.

So what can you do if you live in an area with high noise pollution?

One remedy is to install uPVC sash windows to help reduce your exposure.

Understanding Noise Pollution

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What is Noise Pollution?

Noise pollution is the release of unwanted sounds into the environment. Examples of noise pollution include:

  • Noises from aircraft on a busy flight path or close to an airport
  • The rumble of trains close to a train station
  • Town centre noises, such as music from a nightclub 
  • Big crowds and loud voices
  • Concerts
  • Construction noises, such as from a building site


What Are The Effects of Noise Pollution?

Noise pollution isn’t just a minor irritation. It can have a serious detrimental effect on your physical and mental health and your overall quality of life. 

Studies have shown that excessive noise can cause anxiety, irritability, frustration, and anger. It can also trigger insomnia, which compounds these emotional and mental health issues and can also cause physical symptoms.

There is also evidence to suggest that being exposed to noise pollution even short term can temporarily elevate blood pressure and increase blood viscosity.

Over time, these stress responses can contribute to diseases such as heart disease 

According to a 2018 study in Canada, exposure to high levels of noise pollution can also trigger preeclampsia in pregnant humans.

The most common health issue to arise from noise pollution is hearing loss, and children are particularly vulnerable. According to a 2014 study, exposure to a high level of noise pollution can loss permanent damage to children’s hearing, including the inability to hear certain frequencies. 

Since noise pollution affects concentration and hormones, it can also negatively affect children’s development, concentration, and ability to concentrate.

The Acoustic Benefits of uPVC Sash Windows.

One of the questions we encounter frequently is ‘Is uPVC good for soundproofing?’ The short answer is yes.

uPVC is an insulating material that resists the weather and helps to block out ambient noise from outside. The sash design in uPVC sash windows with its sliding panels creates an extra layer of insulation that the noise has to penetrate to reach inside your home. 

uPVC windows noise reduction is particularly effective when combined with double or triple glazing. High-quality double glazing can reduce sound by as much as 65% in some cases. 

If you live in an area with extremely high noise pollution – such as close to a busy airport, you can also invest in some acoustic glass. Triple-glazed with an extra layer of invisible lamination, or acoustic foam, acoustic glass blocks sound waves from penetrating through the window or door. 

Acoustic glass is generally more expensive than other glazing options, so you need to consider whether the benefits outweigh the cost. 

However, if the noise regularly reaches a high level, the cost becomes an investment into your family’s health and well-being.

Upgrading to uPVC Sash Windows

Original timber sash windows tend to be draughty and could have cracks in the glass or damage to the frames. Even in perfect condition, they will almost certainly be single-glazed, offering little to no protection against noise pollution.

Upgrading to modern uPVC sash windows will vastly reduce your noise pollution while improving your energy efficiency, security, and insulation. 

To be effective, uPVC windows need to be installed correctly to ensure a tight fit with no gaps.

Our friendly and professional in-house fitters can remove and replace your windows with high-quality uPVC sliding sash windows with no fuss. 

Fill in our online form for a free no-obligation quote or call us at 0161 976 4739 to request a callback. You can also email us at [email protected]  or visit us at our Altrincham showroom. You will find the latest opening times on our website.


If your life is affected by noise pollution, uPVC sliding sash windows with triple glazing or acoustic glass can help. Either option will offer a reduction in ambient noise while providing other benefits such as security, energy efficiency and easy maintenance. 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more.