Do you ever have a situation where you’re woken up early in the morning by traffic or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that outside noises would stay...outside?
Noise seeps into your house through openings, crevices, and through material like glass and can lead to restless nights. Windows, in particular bigger, older windows, can be a big contributor source of sound disturbing your home, and by doing some basic soundproofing you can significantly cut back on unwanted noise.
Here are a few things that Boise homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and lessen noise from outdoors.
Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame
Installing caulk or weatherstripping is an affordable “do it yourself” solution to block noise. Because sound waves travel most easily through the air, blocking any gaps or openings by your windows will help reduce sound. You can add foam tape to the top or bottom of your window sashes. If there’s a side-sliding door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any cracks to stop 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 dense window treatments like plantation shutters
installing heavy window treatments like Boise’s best plantation shutters can help soundproof your windows immensely.
Plantation shutters are an eye-pleasing way to reduce the noise coming through your windows while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that blocks out air, temperature, and noise.
Polywood shutters are resilient, which means that 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 become a permanent part of your house, which can increase your home’s resale value.
Put in a sound-proofing plug
If you suffer from constant noise like construction noises you can use a sound-proofing plug. This DIY solution is a large piece of foam that you fit into the crevice around your window. As the foam blocks light (and might look unattractive), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rooms that don’t get much traffic.
Replace or put in another window
If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as unwanted outside sounds, it may be time to invest in new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you can install exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to especially noticeable windows. The drawback is that installing new windows or even adding extra panes can be a pricey option.
Noise-proof your home today
Are you ready for a good night’s sleep, and do you want to finally be rid of your noise problem? Then give us a call at 208-609-9129 or fill out the form below to set up a no obligation window treatment estimate. We’ll show you all your window treatment options in Boise and end your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is practical.