Soundproof Reviews & Testimonials
A Medical Endorsement of Sound Proof Windows – The Benefits of a Good Night’s SleepAs a physician and psychiatrist, I am especially aware of the importance of a good night’s sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in promoting physical health, longevity, and emotional well-being. After a good night’s sleep, you feel better, your thoughts are clearer, and your emotions are less fragile. Without adequate sleep, judgment, mood, and ability to learn and retain information are weakened. Chronic sleep deprivation may lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
One of the most important requirements for a good night’s sleep is a quiet environment. Unfortunately, in busy and congested urban areas, extraneous traffic noise often destroys the tranquility of our bedrooms. When faced with such a noisy challenge, my research on sound-proofing quickly led me to Encore Windows and their bQuiet product line.
The knowledgeable, caring and attentive staff at Encore delivered windows that were aesthetically pleasing, professionally installed and dramatically effective. The bedroom is now quiet, serene and a wonderful place to fall asleep.
I highly recommend Encore and their bQuiet windows.
Mark Berber, MD
TestimonialsPEACE AND QUIET – BILL – DOWNTOWN TORONTO
Soundproof Inner Windows We live in a condo in a vibrant neighbourhood in downtown Toronto. Bars and restaurants abound, including a large patio two floors below one bedroom window, and a lane full of recycling bins outside the other. The windows are large. Our search for an alternative to earplugs at night led us to laminated glass inner windows, which led us to Encore. Encore was responsive, professional and straight forward. They told us to expect an 80% reduction in noise, but it’s much better than that. We literally hear nothing. The inner windows are custom made to match the outer ones, and look great. Fantastic investment, we would recommend Encore without hesitation.
SOUND RESILIANT WINDOWS
I have had trouble sleeping over the past two years as I live on Bay Street. Cars, ambulances, motor cycles go all night long. I saw B Quiet windows at a house that I recently sold and was spellbound. Yes… they are very expensive. I no longer sleep with a white noise machine. They colour matched the existing frames. The building manager was very impressed with the work as well. I would highly recommend them. Paul
SOUNDPROOF WINDOW AND DOORS
Having recently purchased a home in Toronto, we were discouraged to learn that noise from passing buses on our otherwise fairly quiet street was much worse and obtrusive than originally thought.
After some initial scrambling, we began to look into options to address the situation. We came across marketing and reviews for Encore’s bquiet soundproof window systems, and got in touch with Mike, one of their representatives. He visited our home that same week, and we quickly determined that the front ground floor window and door were the worst contributors, as well as the front bedroom window. Mike provided a number of options for addressing these and other windows in the house, and we were able to visit their offices to see demonstrations of the windows.
While Encore’s estimates were fair for the scope of the work, they were not inexpensive and we were not certain that the technology would help. We decided to replace the front window with a new double-pane window (replacing the existing double-pane garden window) and a bquiet soundproof window, as well as the old panel door with glass insert with a new windowless steel door and aluminum storm door.
The manufacturing of the windows and doors took about 8 weeks, and installation was on schedule and completed within the 2 day period indicated. The first time we visited the house after the soundproof window was installed, we weren’t impressed – we were AMAZED!
Despite our initial concerns, the bquiet window is worth every penny, and significantly exceeded our expectations. Regular motor traffic is inaudible, and a passing bus that previously drowned out conversations in the living room is little more than a muted background noise. I can comfortably read without distraction in a front room and hardly notice!
The bquiet windows and new doors from Monarch were among the best value for money investments we made during our renovation, and we’re planning to similarly improve another window early in the New Year.
RECORDING STUDIO WINDOWS GARY IN ETOBICOKE
I just renovated/built a new recording studio in my home, which has a lot of window space so I needed windows (one piece as well as sliders) that REALLY prevented sound from coming in and lot of sound from going out. I’m very pleased to say Encore’s windows perform surprisingly well! Mike Montecalvo was very pleasant to deal with….very patient and great at explaining the various options for soundproof windows. His crew did the installation very professionally. They took their time and explained their methods very well. Although the windows took a while to manufacture, to be fair they were created for quite a unique application, and the results are great. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone who’s interested in getting windows to cut down on outside noise. Gary.
MARGIE IN MONTREAL
I live on a noisy street and was having trouble sleeping. Came across Encore’s Bquiet windows online. I spoke with Anthony and he helped me with my purchase by not only promptly replying to my emails and calls, but by also enabling me to see a recent installation of the Bquiet series nearby. The installation was fast and professional, and the staff was very helpful and enthusiastic. Not only that, the windows are AMAZING! After four years of sleeping with earplugs, I am now able to sleep earplug free and like a baby. These windows are worth every penny.
DAN – BLOOR STREET EAST
The master bedroom in my condo faces Bloor Street East. Traffic noise, pedestrians talking and sirens from ambulances and fire engines bothered me at night. In another property, I had tried using Plexiglas for soundproofing but did not find it effective at reducing the noise. An Internet search led me to Encore Home Improvements, and a check on HomeStars convinced me to get in touch with that company. I am glad I did. From start to finish, I was impressed by the professionalism displayed by the staff of Encore Home Improvements. They really strive to do a perfect job. The soundproof windows look great (actually you don’t really notice them, which is the idea). They were installed almost two weeks ago and they work. Traffic and pedestrian noise have disappeared. Sirens can still be heard but seem less close. Strangely enough, so far I have noticed them only during the day and not at night. I am sure they are still sirens every night on Bloor Street near the fire hall just east of Sherbourne. Probably because my sleep is deeper I have not heard them. Thank you, Encore Home Improvements!
SOUND REDUCTION – JEFFERY FROM BUFFALO
Soundproof Windows Last summer my wife and I purchased a third floor condominium in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market area. Upon moving in we realized that the street noise from a neighbouring restaurant caused a problem. In searching for a solution we found
Encore Windows & Doors’ sound reduction windows. We had the sound reduction windows installed. The reduction in noise has been amazing. We no longer experience any problems of street noise or noisy restaurant patrons. We do highly recommend the sound reduction system and Encore Windows and Doors.
LISA IN NORTH YORK
Encore Home Improvements installed sound proof windows in our bedroom that look neat and cut out undesirable noise. I have bionic hearing and I hear nothing! Windows look great and no mess left behind from installation. In fact, this company on its own initiative a few days after installation, contacted my husband to inform him that they had remade a panel of the window that they wished to reinstall immediately. Most likely the installer at the time judged that this panel did not fit adequately and communicated this back to the company and ensured the quality by sending someone back to finish the job to perfection! Very professional and trustworthy! The product also looks and works to perfection! Thank you Encore Home Improvements for making the experience hassle free and and satisfying a very scrutinizing client with an excellent product!
JS IN MONTREAL
The window’s work great. I measured the decibel decrease with a nifty little application for my iPad. Essentially, I have measured a 15 db decrease from the original value. Put it simply the physics work and your product delivers on the theory. I am a very happy customer… I don’t wake up a 5 am anymore… And can take a nap even in the rush hour… I will contact you in a couple of weeks for the planning of the installation of the other windows. Sincerely, JS
ERIC FROM TORONTO
Sound Reducing Door Hi David, Sound reduction is awesome. I am super happy. Michael was thorough and professional, there was a manufacture error and it was fixed immediately. Just need the blinds back up and I’ll feel like a million bucks. Thanks, Eric
ENCORE DELIVERS BEYOND EXPECTATIONS – HEATHER IN MONTREAL
Soundproof windows Our thanks to all at Encore. From our first meeting, right through to the installation of our soundproof windows, your company exceeded our expectations! The windows look wonderful and, better still, they work! We didn’t actually know anyone who had used this product – and at first couldn’t visualize how the interior windows would work – or look in our home. We shouldn’t have worried because basically you just don’t see them – they are high quality attractive windows – that are so well matched to our exterior windows – that they simply improved the look of our windows from the inside. So – 10 out of 10 for both look and performance – not to mention 10 out of 10 for customer service. David & Heather Montreal, Quebec.
SOUNDPROOF WINDOWS – T.G. IN WHITBY
Thanks for installing the sound-proof windows / door. Hi Dave, I just wanted to thank you for installing the sound-proof windows and storm door in my house. The windows and the door have significantly reduced the traffic noise in the house, especially in my study. It is like I feel I live in a home again! Before, it used to feel that I lived on the street with all the traffic noise of cars and trucks. Now there is peace and quiet and I can live and work in my home.
Thanks once again and I shall definitely recommend others I know of who live in high-traffic / noisy neighbourhoods.
OUR BEDROOM IS NOW A PEACEFUL RETREAT – ANNE IN MARKHAM
Soundproof windows My husband and I purchased what was to be our dream home. However, after moving in we quickly noticed how loud the traffic noises were, especially in our master bedroom and ensuite. We back onto a major traffic intersection and the constant hum of the cars, plus the booming engines of trucks and buses were very annoying and often woke us in the very early morning hours. The sound difference was noticeable right away; we could hear our television without having to raise the volume really high. The first night was even strange because we weren’t used to such a peaceful and quiet environment. We can now fully enjoy our master bedroom in our dream home!
ELLEN IN LONGUEUIL
In 2010, I purchased a condominium with a wonderful view of the St. Lawrence River. It also came with a view of the highway that runs alongside it, and noise! I thought I would be able to adjust, but the din was terribly intrusive, day and night. I finally decided to do some research into soundproofing windows, and came upon Encore Home Improvements and their BQuiet Soundproof windows. I sent an e-mail and got an answer within 24 hours. After that, things moved quickly. Anthony came down from Toronto to take measurements and confirm what was best for my needs. The order arrived on time and installation was completed promptly by Michael. I am very satisfied with the results. I can still hear some traffic noise (this was expected, as the windows cannot eliminate 100% of the noise), but it is much less intrusive, and I can sleep soundly at night without ear plugs. Some of my neighbours have come to see and are impressed with the results, not to mention the interior aspect of the finished product. The building will be replacing the exterior windows within the next few years, so this will only improve on the noise reduction that I have already experienced. The only minor problem encountered was a delay in receiving my warranty (apparently a postal code mixup). But I have it now, so that has been resolved. I have no hesitation in recommending Encore Home Improvements. I found Anthony to be responsive to all my inquiries and concerns, and Michael was kind enough to show me how to remove the windows (though I might need a refresher in a few years)!
E. IN YORKVILLE – CONDO BEDROOM ON AVENUE ROAD
Sound proof window for condo I had soundproof glass installed in a large bedroom window. The work that was done exceeded my expectation and the noise reduction was significant. I would highly recommend Encore.
TIM IN TORONTO
Recently, the TTC threw a big old curve to our neighbourhood with a new track to turn its streetcars in the East end of town. The screeching and clunky-clunk-clunk from the new bend turned life upside down in our previously quiet part of town. That was until Encore arrived on the scene. The quiet has returned thanks to Mike and his problem-free, reliable crew. I highly recommend the Bquiet windows to shut out unwanted noise pollution.
Un résidant du Sud-Ouest de Montréal
La découverte de la gamme de produits bquiet a changé la qualité de vie dans mon quotidien. Habitant dans le Sud-Ouest de Montréal, un quartier sensationnel, mais tout près de la voie ferrée, l’installation de fenêtres bquiet dans la chambre à coucher permet de dormir sur nos deux oreilles profitant d’une quiétude reposante. Je recommande fortement les produits et l’équipe de bquiet et souligne leur professionnalisme
NOEMI FROM TORONTO
I am sitting by the soundproof windows right now. I cannot hear the annoying traffic the Art Barns regularly attract across the street from me. Finally, I have opened my blinds for the first time in 5 years and the vista of looking over the St Clair hill is lovely! Thank you for brining light into my room and for letting me enjoy my windows and bedroom. I am very happy with the process and the results.
NICK IN MISSISSAUGA
My bedroom window fronts on a very busy street with a bus route. Every 20 minutes you could hear the bus stop and leave, the sound could be heard right to the back of the house. After we installed the bquiet soundproof window all “NOISE HAS STOPPED”. The quality is superior and I was actually thinking of selling my house due to the noise. TThe window works and it stops sound dead in its tracks. The finish is perfect.
M FROM TORONTO
We live on a busy road next door to a commercial property (restaurant with outdoor patio). The level of noise in our home made it very difficult to sleep at night and to work during the day. We ended up replacing the windows facing the commercial property as well as adding soundproof windows on top of our existing windows in the bedroom, office, and dining room. The difference was immediately noticeable. As we learned and are now experiencing, soundproof windows do not completely eliminate noise but they take the edge off loud noise and provide an excellent buffer. The sound level is greatly reduced – our home feels like home again.