Have you ever been jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that you could keep outside noises where they belong?
Sound enters your home through cracks, gaps, and through material like glass and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, especially larger, older windows, are one of the main sources source of noise disturbing your home, and if you soundproof 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 outdoors.
Add caulk or weatherstripping to the window frame
Adding caulk or weatherstripping is an affordable “do it yourself” solution to soundproof your windows. Since sound travels through the air, blocking any cracks or crevices near your windows will reduce noise. Install 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 clash with your room’s style.
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 entering your home 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 shutters are durable, so 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 like construction noises 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 unattractive), people use sound plugs during the night or if they really need them for a short period of time.
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 windows that are particular problems. The downside is that replacing your windows or adding extra panes can still be a pricey option.
Noise-proof your home 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 show you all your window treatment options in Atlanta and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as stylish as it is practical.