Aircraft Noise Pollution

Ever since air travel began growing in popularity after the Second World War, people living near airports have been disturbed by flightpath noise – the sound of planes taking off or coming in to land.

It’s too glib and easy to say that, after a while, you get used to it. The growing roar as a big passenger jet passes overhead, which rises to a crescendo as it clears your house, provides a regular accompaniment to home life for too many of us.

There is little chance that the noise will abate, as airlines press for the right to operate flights through the night. So if your home is affected by flightpath noise, it’s time to work with Hugo Carter to find a solution.

Is this what you are experiencing?

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Plane Noise

Being on a flightpath has been shown to seriously impact quality of life.

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Sleepless Nights

The cumulative affect of not sleeping can badly affect those of all ages.

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Ill Health

Excessive noise can lead to cardiovascular disease and high stress.

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Lack of concentration

Excessive noise can reduce your concentration span and affect your work or school.

Is this what you are seeking?

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Better Performance

Improve your performance and concentration span.

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Sound Sleep

For many it is an absolute prerequisite to being able to lead a fulfilling life.

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Increased Property Value

Transform the appeal, value and day-to-day experience of any property.

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Improved Health

Tranquility is proven to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Aircraft Noise

You do not have to live directly beneath a flightpath to experience the discomfort of aircraft noise pollution. As the volume of air traffic increases so do the instances of redirected flights, aircraft stacking and extended take-off and landing availability.

The south east of England has some of the busiest airspace in the world with traffic using Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Stanstead and even Luton all contributing to the crowded skies. Add to these major airports the dozens of smaller airfields and their private jets and the scale of the problem becomes clear.

The Impacts of Noise on Health

As with road traffic noise, the adverse health effects caused by aircraft noise can include hearing damage or loss, cardiovascular conditions and hypertension caused by disturbed sleeping patterns.

Sadly, research also shows that exposure to noise of this type can be particularly harmful to children, particularly affecting levels of concentration and learning ability.

The effect of noise pollution of this type will, of course, be dependent upon the proximity of the property to an airport or flightpath.

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Our Expertise

Here at Hugo Carter, we have access to noise pollution maps that give us some broad indication of the noise levels but while these are a helpful guide, unlike other glazing companies we never rely heavily upon their accuracy or true value.

Our engineers assess every property individually, taking into account all available data and most importantly, listening to the requirements of the property owners, how else could we possibly recommend with certainty the type of noise reducing glazing solution to be most effective?


Our Engineers

We believe that Hugo Carter engineers are the finest in their field, we also have a depth of knowledge about all aspects of glazing and the provision of efficient, cost-effective soundproof solutions.

You can read much more about the technology behind our service here. We have also produced a number of blog articles and a glossary of architectural and glazing terms, please feel free to take a look.

Of course, there is no substitute for a conversation and we are always delighted to answer questions and respond to specific enquiries so please call or email if there is any way we can help.

Hear the difference between a standard window and our Silent Window:

Arrange a FREE visit today.

You will be visited by a specialist who understands the science of silence and who can talk you through your best options and not a salesperson.

We’ll measure the noise levels in different rooms in the property using a specialist noise analyser.

We’ll talk you through your options and the various logistic and aesthetic factors to consider.

We’ll ensure we have a thorough understanding of exactly what you need. (It may vary from the front to the back of the property.)

We will only recommend our own windows if they’re suitable and if we feel you would be delighted with the results.

By agreeing to an Initial Visit, there is no obligation to commit to our service. This is your opportunity to weigh up how good a match we are and to understand your needs and options more fully.

“I honestly didn’t think it was going to make as much difference as it did.”

Jeremy, West London

Step 1 - Initial Enquiry

Before contacting us, please make sure you have certain details to hand. These include: the property location and type (especially if it’s a listed building or in a conservation area), the details of your problem and the kind of windows and glazing you currently have. We will make sure we have enough information to plan an effective initial visit.

For more details of Our Process please see Our Process Explained

Step 2 - Initial Visit (Noise Assessment & Pricing Survey)

An acoustic specialist will talk you through your best options and – using a NTi XL2 Acoustic Analyser – give you an immediate idea of the different noise levels, and advise you on your best options. By agreeing to a Initial Visit there is no obligation to commit to our service; this is an opportunity to understand your needs more clearly.

For more details of Our Process please see Our Process Explained

Step 3 – Quotation & Noise Report

Based on the survey completed during the Initial Visit, our team will email a full costing within 72 hours. We will also provide a valuable Noise Report which explores our problem analysis, the level of noise pollution and our suggested solution. Within another 48 hours, we will follow up with a courtesy call, to ensure everything is clear.

For more details of Our Process please see Our Process Explained

Step 4 - Installation Survey

Once you’ve chosen to proceed with us and paid an initial deposit, we’ll arrange for senior surveyors to visit. By taking accurate ‘to the millimetre’ measurements, we can assess the best method of installation. We’ll also confirm your various aesthetic preferences (eg – which timber, paint colour and ironmongery), and will then pass your order to our factory.

For more details of Our Process please see Our Process Explained

Step 5 - Manufacture Updates

The manufacturing process takes approximately ten weeks.  Every three weeks our customer service team will give you an update so you know how your windows are progressing.

For more details of Our Process please see Our Process Explained

Step 6 - Installation

Two weeks in advance, we’ll provide you with an installation date. For the installation we use an acoustic foam to enhance the noise reduction. At no point will we leave the property unprotected or exposed; if one window comes out, another goes in. The entire installation will be overseen by a single project manager.

For more details of Our Process please see Our Process Explained

Step 7 - Follow Up

One week after the installation, we will follow up with a courtesy call. This to make sure that everything is to your satisfaction, and to answer any questions you have about making the most of your new windows or doors.

For more details of Our Process please see Our Process Explained

Download our noise reduction brochures

To learn more about The Science of Silence, please download our technical brochure.

To learn more about how we can help your clients return to tranquillity, please download our ‘Home Silent Home’ brochure.

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