Do you ever have a situation where you’re jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay on the outside?
Noise seeps into your house through cracks, gaps, and through material like glass and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, especially larger, older windows, can be a big contributor source of sound coming into your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can drastically mitigate unwanted noise.
Here are some things that Dallas homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from outdoors.
Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame
Installing caulk or weatherstripping is an inexpensive DIY solution to soundproof your windows. Because air carries sound waves easily, blocking any cracks or openings by your windows will reduce noise. Install to the sides of your window sashes. If you have a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the exterior of the windows. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any gaps to reduce airflow.
One drawback of this do it yourself solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it clash with your room’s style.
Add sturdier window treatments like plantation shutters
Putting in dense window treatments like Dallas’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows.
Plantation shutters are an eye-pleasing way to reduce the sound that can come inside while also improving your home’s energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that locks out noise as well as heat and cold.
Polywood plantation shutters are resilient, which means that they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They’re typically more affordable than replacing your windows, and after they’re put in become a permanent build in your house, which can increase your home’s resale value.
Use a sound-proofing plug
If you have a lot of loud constant noise such as those from construction you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself solution 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 during the night or in rarely-used rooms.
Replace or install extra windows
If you have old windows 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 install exterior storm windows or an extra window pane to problematic windows. The downside is that getting new windows or even adding extra panes can be a pricey option.
Start reducing your outside noise today
Are you itching for a restful night of sleep, and do you want a more permanent solution to your noise problem? Then give us a call at 214-301-5066 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home estimate. We’ll show you all your window covering options in Dallas and put an end to your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is functional.