Listening to the radio is one of the greatest joys while driving in your car. It’s such an important and necessary experience, that many will spend thousands on the perfect stereo and sound system, even if their car is a not much more than rusting scrap metal precariously balanced on four balding wheels.
Everyone seems to think that speakers are the main (only) component in your car that affects your sound, but I am here to tell you that something else can make a huge difference in your sound and listening experience…and it’s not at all what you would expect…
It’s your windshield.
Bam. There, I said it. Are you shocked? I was!
For all the skeptics out there, here’s how it works…
Noise from outside can get in through your the glazing in your windshield, making it harder to hear conversations or the words to your favorite song (unless it’s blaring like in the mosh pit of a Metallica concert). This means the sound of the air rushing by your car, the wind, your wipers, other cars, construction, and other ambient outside noises sneak inside and disrupt the peace and tranquillity of your drive.
The problem is that pure tempered glass has hardly any dampening qualities so there’s very little if any noise reduction from simply shutting the door and closing all the windows. Unwanted sound still gets in. In fact it has properties that can actually react with and emphasize external noise. Even if you purchase a thicker glass, it won’t make much difference.
So what can you do?
Luckily there’s a new technology in the windshield and auto glass industry that revolutionizes noise reduction in your vehicle.
It’s called an Acoustic Windshield, which simply means that it’s built with a layer of sound-absorbent vinyl nestled nicely between two sheets of tempered glass.
This unique acoustic vinyl layer helps to noticeably (and often dramatically) soften noise levels inside your car by as much as 6 dB. Plus the special polyvinyl butyral (PVB) layer also helps cut that annoying vibration noise that emanates from your car’s engine.
And the awesomeness of acoustic windshield glass is that there are more far-reaching benefits than just reduced noise and better sound. For instance:
1.) They weigh as much as 7 pounds less than regular windshields, and reduced weight means better gas mileage and fewer emissions.
2.) That extra layer of plastic between between the sheets of tempered glass makes it more difficult for thieves and vandals to break in. This helps eliminate the “smash and grab” thing that vandals like to do…
3.) Offers much better UV protection than regular glass, which means it’s safer for you and your passengers (yay! less chance of getting melanoma cancer!!), plus less wear and tear on your interior fabrics and plastics. Also helps reduce color fading and peeling.
On top of that, Acoustic vinyl windshields meet all of the same federal safety specs as regular vinyl windshields, and is approved to be used in sidelites, rear windows and moon roofs with the same effectiveness of noise and overall weight reduction.
So what are the downsides?
Well, mostly it’s just the cost. When you get acoustic glass from your dealer, it can be two, three, even four times more expensive than normal glass.
Right now there are 18 vehicle makes and over 40 models sold in the US with acoustic windshields.
So how do you know if your windshield is made from acoustic glass? Most manufacturers use the word “acoustic” or put an “A” in the windshield trademark. But others use a specific product name, and some don’t do anything at all to differentiate acoustic from regular auto glass. On the other hand, Ford recently introduced their own unique brand called “SoundScreen” so you should be able to clearly tell by the markings on your windshield if you own a Ford.
So what if you DON’T own an acoustic windshield but you WANT one?
Here’s a simple solution…
Go to www.Glass.net to get reliable unbiased discounted windshield replacement quotes from independent local installers and service providers in your area. All it takes is about 30 seconds, your zip code and car make/model to get up to 3 instant FREE no-obligation quotes right on your computer screen.
Once you select your preferred shop and price quote, you have the choice to call them directly or leave your info and have them call you back – and they will happily answer any questions you have about installing one of these new-fangled acoustic windshields into your car. And they can usually do it in under 1 – 2 hours, and they will come to your home or office if you can’t get to them (at no extra charge!)
So drop on by Glass.net today and see how big of a discount you can get so you can enjoy peace and tranquillity, the joy of stimulation conversion spoken at a reasonable decibel, or your favorite radio station in the comfort of your beloved vehicle!
Posted on 09.08.15