Road Noise Pollution

Very few of us these days enjoy the luxury of living in a location completely devoid of traffic noise. Whether it is an intrusive roar or a distant, steady hum, the sound of cars, motorcycles and lorries is rarely absent from our lives.

Maybe a certain level of ambient noise is the price we pay for being part of a society in which having a motor vehicle is as normal as owning a television or a fridge.

But for those who live on or near a road that is busy 24 hours a day, traffic noise can be a significant irritant. Fortunately, an answer is at hand thanks to Hugo Carter.

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Road Noise

A noisy neighbourhood affects both the appeal and value of any property.

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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.

Road Traffic Noise – The Issue

Complete silence is a rare commodity indeed and sadly, many of us just accept background noise of varying levels as part of everyday life.

One major contributory factor to noise pollution is road traffic and the incontrovertible fact is that with road use increasing all the time, it is only going to get worse.

Whether it’s the distant drone of a motorway or busy A road, the roar of a motorbike on a residential avenue or heavy industrial trucks we all experience traffic noise of varying levels on a daily basis.

The problem however, is far greater than ‘just’ being annoying, regular exposure to noise pollution can lead to hypertension, increased stress levels and contribute to high blood pressure and conditions such as tinnitus and hearing loss.

It is also clear that this is not just an issue for town and city dwellers, those living in more rural areas will suffer more from the shock of unexpected traffic noise disturbing an otherwise peaceful sound environment. And, with the increase of green-belt developments, construction traffic is on the rise, not only causing noise pollution but potentially structural damage to road adjacent properties.

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A few examples…

Emergency Sirens – of course, a necessary evil but an intrusive noise nonetheless, peaking at over 120 decibels and with a frequency up as high as 4kHz, a major shock to even the strongest nerves.

Motorbikes – even when properly maintained, operating within legal exhaust limits and ridden in an appropriate manner, a motorbike will have a noise level of up to 80 decibels.

Cars – improved engineering and the advent of electric vehicles have had a positive effect on car noise, however there are very many poorly maintained cars on the road and plenty exceeding the legal level of 74 decibels, particularly in rural areas where off-road vehicles may legally exceed this limit.

Motorways & Dual Carriageways – noise can of course be dependent upon weather conditions, distance from the noise and fencing but recent reports suggest that it is the incessant nature of the noise rather than the level that causes problems.

How Hugo Carter Can Help…

The problems caused by traffic noise pollution are entirely unique to every property, even close neighbours will experience different conditions and of course, people in the same house may have completely different tolerance levels.

Here at Hugo Carter we do not provide one-size fits all approach. Our skilled engineers will recommend the solution for you and your property, in this way we can guarantee that you are not paying for protection you do not need.

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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