Have you ever been jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that outside noises would stay on the outside?
Noise comes into your home through openings, crevices, and through material like glass and can result in restless nights. Windows, in particular larger, older windows, are a major source of sound disturbing your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can significantly limit unwanted noise.
Here are a few things that Bluff City homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from coming in from outdoors.
Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame
Installing weatherstripping or caulk is an inexpensive DIY solution to soundproof your windows. Because sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any gaps or crevices near your windows will help reduce sound. Install to the exterior of your window sashes. For a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the exterior of the windows. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any openings to reduce airflow.
One drawback of this do it yourself solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it clash with your room’s style.
Add dense window treatments like plantation shutters
installing dense window treatments like Bluff City’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows.
Plantation shutters are a stylish way to block the sound that can come inside while also making your home greener. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out air, temperature, and noise.
Polywood shutters are durable, meaning they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They’re typically more affordable than installing new windows, and once installed become a permanent part of your home, which can add to your home’s resale value.
Use a sound-proofing plug
If you suffer from constant noise like traffic near the highway you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This DIY option is a straight piece of foam that you wedge in your window. As the foam blocks light (and can look awkward), people use sound plugs at night or in rooms that guests don’t see.
Replace or put in extra windows
If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as unwanted noise, it may be time to consider new windows. If you don’t have the budget to buy all new windows for every room, you might install exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to windows that are particular problems. The drawback is that installing new windows or even adding extra panes can be a very expensive option.
Start reducing your outside noise today
Are you ready for a good night’s sleep, and do you want to solve your noise problem once and for all? Then give us a call at 276-685-5343 or fill out the form below to schedule a free window treatment consultation. We’ll go through all your window covering options in Bluff City and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as beautiful as it is practical.