Soundproofing Your Salt Lake City Windows 02/19/2018Matt Thelander 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 where they belong? Noise seeps into your house through cracks, crevices, and through glass and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, especially bigger, older windows, are a big contributor source of noise entering your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can drastically limit 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 block noise. Since sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any gaps or openings near your windows will reduce noise. You can add foam tape to the outside of your window sashes. If you have a side-sliding door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides. 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 can affect your windows’ aesthetics. Add heavier window treatments like plantation shutters Putting in heavy material like Salt Lake City’s best plantation shutters can help soundproof your windows immensely. Plantation shutters are a stylish way to block the noise entering your home 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, so 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. Get a sound-proofing plug If you experience constant noise like construction noises you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself option is a large piece of foam that you slide into the gap 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 consider new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you might add exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to problematic windows. The drawback is that installing new windows or even adding extra panes can be a pricey option. Start reducing your outside noise 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 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 end your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is practical.