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With noise providing a constant issue for residents living in high-rise apartments in inner Melbourne, Stop Noise director Ron Adams said his company had tapped into a niche market.

“It was an idea I had 20 years ago so I started it up and we just started from a small factory and just worked our way up,” he said. “We wanted to target people who have noise problems as we felt there was a need for that.”

“There wasn’t really any noise products out there because when I started it was just double-glazing. So my research was basically the price of the product, what they could get and the result that they get.”

Established in 1995, Stop Noise’s add-on double-glazing is a family-owned business, which operates out of its showroom and warehouse at Carrum Downs in Melbourne’s south east.

Rather than double-glazing windows, which only reduces noise by an average of 25 to 30 per cent, the Stop Noise product reduces noise by up to 50 to 70 per cent and, according to Ron, for half the price!

He said the product had proven a sweeping success in high-rise apartments where, mostly, it was against body corporate rules to change existing windows.

“There’s noise everywhere but we try to target the city and the high-density apartments,” he said.

“Obviously we’re not a supplier of replacement double-glazing. If their windows are faulty, well then they’ll need a whole new window. We just do the add on system.”

“So they can still open their windows, they can still get fresh air, they can still lift the panels out and clean them. So it’s just a more cost effective solution to the problem that they’ve got.”

The key to the system involves having a large airspace between the two windows, which works as a cushioning effect.

Using a strong and effective 6.38mm laminated safety glass, the use of the two different thickness of glass helps change the frequency of sound.

The add-on system also acts as an effective form of insulation with the capability to stop up to 60 per cent of heat-loss.

According to Ron, while the average window takes only an hour to put in, installation was never carried out unless a worthwhile result could be delivered for the customer.

“We won’t do a job unless we think we can get a good result out if it,” he said. “If they’ve got problems with the building for example, unless you fix those there is no point in doing the windows,” he said.

“We give people an idea of what level of reduction we can get them, whether it be for noise reduction or insulation, and then we give them some idea of what we think we can cut it down by.”

Having established a strong connection with businesses and residents in the area for the past 20 years, Ron said he and his team always enjoyed working in what was a “constantly evolving area”.

“It’s just a very fast-growing area and I think there are so many opportunities to make the place better,” he said.

“The road infrastructure is fairly good and, again, there are a lot of the problems in Southbank with apartments being built right next to the busy roads or freeways, which is a good thing for us!”

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