Philadelphia condos have a unique issue that may not be relevant to condos in, say, remote parts of Montana or on a deserted private island. NOISE! Some of the most sought-after condo buildings here in Center City are on, or very close to lively blocks full of activity. From bus routes, to highway proximity, noise is sometimes inescapable. I came up with a solution that works well at a low cost:
ADD ANOTHER LAYER OF WINDOWS
Philadelphia has a fairly strong historic association that will often mandate the type of window replacement. However, this does not preclude you from installing another set of windows INSIDE the historical set.
|You can add an inexpensive, double-paned, vinyl-clad window INSIDE the outer set of historically approved windows, giving you a total of 3 or 4 panes of glass between you and the noise.|
You don’t need to live 30 feet from the highway or live in a super luxury condo building to benefit from this idea. Such insulation also provides extra protection from cold, heat loss, and dirt that gets inside of other single-paned windows.