Do you ever get woken up early in the morning by traffic or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay where they belong?
Noise seeps into your house through cracks, crevices, and through your windows and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, in particular larger, older windows, can be one of the main sources source of sound coming into your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can drastically 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 air carries sound waves easily, blocking any cracks or crevices by your windows will help reduce sound. You can add foam tape 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 outer sides. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any openings to reduce airflow.
One drawback of this DIY solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it clash with your room’s style.
Add heavier window treatments like plantation shutters
installing dense window treatments like Austin’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows.
Plantation shutters are an eye-pleasing way to block the noise that can come inside while also making your home greener. 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.
Put in a sound-proofing plug
If you suffer from constant noise such as those from construction 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 unattractive), 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 could be 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 getting new windows or adding extra panes can still be a very expensive option.
Soundproof your Austin windows 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 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 end your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is functional.