The Best Ways to Soundproof Your Dallas Windows 02/19/2018Collins Jones 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 enters 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 if you soundproof your windows you can significantly mitigate unwanted noise. Here are some things that Dallas homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from coming in from outdoors. Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame Installing caulk or weatherstripping is an inexpensive DIY solution to soundproof your windows. Because sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any gaps 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 block airflow. One drawback of this DIY 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 a savvy way to limit 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 air, temperature, and noise. 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 part of your house, which can up your home’s resale value. Use a sound-proofing plug If you have a lot of loud constant noise like construction noises you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself solution 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 at night or in rarely-used rooms. Replace or add another window If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as distracting noise, it could be time to think about replacing your windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you might put in exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to windows that are particular problems. The downside is that installing new windows or even adding extra panes can be a very expensive 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.