Soundproofing Your Kingsport Windows 02/19/2018Jacob Hayes Do you ever get jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a late-night party and wished that you could keep outside noises 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 by soundproofing your windows you can significantly limit unwanted noise. Here are a few things that Kingsport 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 air carries sound waves easily, blocking any gaps or crevices near your windows will help reduce sound. You can add foam tape to the outside of your window sashes. For a sliding glass door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the exterior of the windows. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any cracks 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 heavier window treatments like plantation shutters installing dense window treatments like Kingsport’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 saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out noise as well as heat and cold. Polywood plantation shutters are durable, so 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 unattractive), 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 think about replacing your windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you might put in exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to windows that are particular problems. The drawback is that getting new windows or even adding extra panes can be a very expensive option. Noise-proof your home today Are you ready for a good night’s sleep, and do you want to finally be rid of your noise problem? 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 Kingsport and end your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is practical.