How to Soundproof Your Atlanta Windows 02/19/2018Dan Taylor Have you ever been jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a late-night party and wished that outside noises would stay where they belong? Sound enters your home through cracks, gaps, and through glass and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, especially larger, older windows, are a big contributor source of noise disturbing your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can significantly mitigate unwanted noise. Here are some things that Atlanta homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from coming in from outdoors. Add caulk or weatherstripping to the window frame Adding caulk or weatherstripping is an affordable “do it yourself” solution to block noise. Since sound travels through the air, blocking any cracks or crevices near your windows will reduce noise. You can add foam tape to the sides of your window sashes. If there’s a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides of the windows. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any gaps to block airflow. One drawback of this DIY solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it might damper how good your windows look. Add dense window treatments like plantation shutters Putting in heavy material such as Atlanta’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows. Plantation shutters are a savvy way to block the noise coming through your windows while also improving your home’s energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that locks out air, temperature, and noise. Polywood plantation shutters are durable, meaning they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They’re typically less expensive than replacing your windows, and once installed are a permanent piece of your house, which can add to your home’s resale value. Use a sound-proofing plug If you suffer from constant noise such as those from construction you can use a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself solution is a straight piece of foam that you fit into the crevice around your window. Since the foam blocks light (and might look awkward), people use sound plugs during the night or in rooms that don’t get much traffic. Replace or install another window If your windows are older and you're suffering from air drafts as well as unwanted noise, it may be time to invest in new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you can put in exterior storm windows or another window pane to problematic windows. The downside is that replacing your windows or adding extra panes can still be a pricey option. Start reducing your outside noise today Are you itching for a restful night of sleep, and do you want a more permanent solution to your noise problem? Then give us a call at 404-962-8517 or fill out the form below to schedule a no obligation window treatment consultation. We’ll go through all your window treatment options in Atlanta and end your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is practical.