The Best Ways to Soundproof Your Raleigh Windows 02/19/2018Blake Jarman Do you ever have a situation where you’re jolted out of sleep by an early morning garbage truck or a party going on next door and wished that you could keep outside noises...outside? Sound sneaks into your home through openings, gaps, and through glass and can result in restless nights. Windows, especially larger, older windows, can be a major source of noise entering your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can significantly reduce unwanted noise. These are a few things that Raleigh residents can do to soundproof your windows and lessen noise from coming in from outdoors. Add caulk or weatherstripping to the window frame Installing weatherstripping or caulk is an inexpensive “do it yourself” solution to reduce noise. Since sound waves travel most easily through the air, blocking any gaps or crevices near your windows will reduce noise. Install to the sides of your window sashes. If you have a sliding glass door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the exterior. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any cracks to stop airflow. One drawback of this do it yourself solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it might damper how good your windows look. Add sturdier window treatments like plantation shutters Adding dense material such as Raleigh’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows. Plantation shutters are a savvy way to block the noise coming through your windows while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out unwanted noise and temperature. Polywood faux wood shutters are durable, so they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They are less expensive than installing new windows, and after they’re put in are a permanent part of your house, which can increase your home’s resale value. Get a sound-proofing plug If you experience constant noise like construction noises you can use a sound-proofing plug. This DIY solution is a straight piece of foam that you wedge in your window. Because the foam blocks light (and can look out of place), people use sound plugs at night or in rooms that guests don’t see. Replace or add additional windows If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as distracting outside sounds, it could be time to consider new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you might add exterior storm windows or an extra window pane to especially noticeable windows. The drawback is that getting new windows or even adding extra panes can be a less affordable 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 919-887-9198 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home estimate. We’ll go through all your window covering options in Raleigh and put an end to your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is functional.