Do you ever have a situation where you’re woken up early in the morning by traffic or a party going on next door and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay...outside?
Noise enters your house through cracks, crevices, and through material like glass and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, especially bigger, older windows, are one of the main sources source of noise coming into your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can drastically cut back on unwanted noise.
Here are a few things that Salt Lake City homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and lessen noise from coming in from outdoors.
Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame
Adding caulk or weatherstripping is an inexpensive DIY solution to soundproof your windows. Since air carries sound waves easily, blocking any gaps or openings near your windows will reduce noise. You can add foam tape to the exterior of your window sashes. If you have 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 gaps to reduce airflow.
One drawback of this DIY solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it can affect your windows’ aesthetics.
Add dense window treatments like plantation shutters
Putting in heavy material like Salt Lake City’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise.
Plantation shutters are a stylish way to block the noise coming through your windows while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that blocks out noise as well as heat and cold.
Polywood faux wood shutters are durable, meaning they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They are more affordable than replacing your windows, and once installed are a permanent piece of your home, which can up your home’s sale value on the market.
Put in a sound-proofing plug
If you experience constant noise such as those from construction you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself option is a large piece of foam that you fit into the crevice around your window. As the foam blocks light (and can look out of place), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rooms that guests don’t see.
Replace or put in extra windows
If your windows are older and you experience draftiness as well as distracting noise, it’s probably time to think about replacing your windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you might add exterior storm windows or an extra 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.
Start reducing your outside noise 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 801-515-3598 or fill out the form below to set up a no obligation in-home consultation. We’ll go through all your window covering choices in Salt Lake City and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as stylish as it is practical.