How to Soundproof Your Austin Windows 02/19/2018Tyler Jorgensen Do you ever get woken up early in the morning by traffic or a late-night party and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay...outside? Noise enters your house through cracks, crevices, and through your windows and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, in particular larger, older windows, can be a big contributor source of sound entering your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can significantly reduce unwanted noise. These are a few things that Austin homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and lessen outside noise. Add caulk or weatherstripping to the window frame Adding caulk or weatherstripping is an affordable DIY solution to soundproof your windows. Because sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any cracks or crevices by your windows will help reduce sound. Install to the top or bottom of your window sashes. For a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the exterior. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any openings to block airflow. One drawback of this do it yourself solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it clash with your room’s style. Add dense window treatments like plantation shutters Putting in dense window treatments like Austin’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows. Plantation shutters are a savvy way to block the noise that can come inside while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that locks out unwanted noise and temperature. Polywood faux wood shutters are resilient, so they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They’re typically more affordable than installing new windows, and after they’re put in are a permanent part of your home, which can add to your home’s resale value. Get a sound-proofing plug If you suffer from constant noise like construction noises you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself solution is a straight piece of foam that you wedge in your window. Since the foam blocks light (and might look awkward), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rarely-used rooms. Replace or install another window If your windows are older and you're suffering from air drafts as well as unwanted noise, it’s probably time to invest in new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you can install exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to especially noticeable windows. The downside is that installing new windows or adding extra panes can still be a pricey option. Soundproof your Austin windows 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 512-549-6077 or fill out the form below to set up a no obligation window treatment estimate. We’ll show you all your window treatment choices in Austin and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as stylish as it is functional.