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Are Glass Walls Soundproof?


To make glass walls soundproof, you must apply a number of methods from insulation to specialized manufacturing to mitigate sound vibrations.

While soundproofing might sound complicated, Murray Glass makes it easy to achieve the privacy and peace of mind that soundproof glass brings. Continue reading to learn more about this process and how glass walls can transform your business or home.

Soundproofing 101

Before soundproofing your house, you need to understand some basic concepts in soundproofing. First, know that it’s nearly impossible for glass to block sound entirely. Next, realize that soundproofing doesn’t refer to zero sound but allows for a 90 to 95 percent noise reduction.

There are five principles of soundproofing that are necessary to block noise:

  • A thick mass of material
  • Sturdy mechanical isolation
  • Hard materials with strong absorption capabilities
  • Resonance dampening
  • Reducing conduction through dampening materials

How Does Soundproof Glass Work?

Many materials can be used in soundproofing, but glass is one of the best options on the market. All construction partitions are given an STC rating, which stands for “sound transmission class.” This rating is a numerical representation of the material’s ability to reduce sound transmission. With an STC rating of 27, a single pane of glass isn’t strong enough to block out much noise on its own; however, when treated with the five soundproofing principles, soundproof glass has an STC rating between 38 and 50.

There are three main types of glass to make glass walls soundproof and increase their STC rating:

  • Thick glass – The thickness of the glass increases the mass and allows less noise to go through.
  • Air gaps – Adding more panes with a gap of air space in between helps to deaden sound.
  • Laminated or acoustic glass – This type of layered glass is composed of two sheets of glass with a plastic sheet sandwiched in between.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Soundproofing Glass

To find the most superior soundproof mechanism for your glass walls, consider the following factors:

  • STC rating – The thicker the glass, the less noise will be able to penetrate through. Choose a glass with a rating that will best fit your needs.
  • The number of panes – If you want your glass walls to be as soundproof as possible, consider a style with multiple panes.
  • Cost – There are a few factors that comprise the cost of soundproof glass walls. These include the number of panes, the style, type of glass treatment, overall size, and type of application.
  • Additional benefits – In addition to blocking out noise, soundproof walls have other benefits that you should consider. Most styles have a coating that helps lower excessive hot and cold fronts to keep indoor temperatures stable. There are also other coatings available that encourage UV sun protection.

Choose Murray Glass for Soundproof Walls

There are various steps to making glass walls soundproof, and Murray Glass specializes in them all. For premium service, striking designs, and quality products that fit your budget, our technicians are here for you!

We service residents and commercial customers in Salt Lake City, Spanish Fork, Ogden, Heber City, Tooele, and everywhere in-between. Reach out for a free estimate today!

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