Do you ever get jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that outside noises would stay where they belong?
Noise seeps into your home through openings, crevices, and through material like glass and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, in particular larger, older windows, are one of the main sources source of noise coming into your home, and by doing some basic soundproofing you can significantly cut back on unwanted noise.
Here are some things that Clearwater residents 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 affordable “do it yourself” solution to soundproof your windows. Because sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any cracks or openings near your windows will help reduce sound. Install to the exterior of your window sashes. For a sliding glass door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the exterior of the windows. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any openings to stop airflow.
One drawback of this do it yourself solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it can affect your windows’ aesthetics.
Add sturdier window treatments like plantation shutters
Adding heavy window treatments like Clearwater’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows.
Plantation shutters are a fashionable way to block the sound coming through your windows while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out noise as well as heat and cold.
Polywood plantation shutters are resilient, meaning they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They’re typically less expensive than installing new windows, and after they’re put in are a permanent part of your home, which can increase your home’s sale value on the market.
Put in a sound-proofing plug
If you suffer from constant noise like traffic near the highway 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. Since the foam blocks light (and can look out of place), people use sound plugs during the night or in rooms that guests don’t see.
Replace or add extra windows
If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as distracting outside sounds, it’s probably time to invest in new windows. If you don’t have the budget to replace all your windows, you can add exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to windows that are particular problems. The downside is that getting new windows or even adding extra panes can be a very expensive option.
Soundproof your Clearwater windows 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 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to schedule a free window treatment consultation. We’ll go through all your window treatment options in Clearwater and end your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is functional.