The Best Ways to Soundproof Your Boise Windows 02/19/2018Spencer Madsen Do you ever have a situation where you’re woken up early in the morning by traffic or a late-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 one of the main sources 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 coming in 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 waves travel most easily through the air, blocking any gaps or openings by your windows will help reduce sound. Install to the top or bottom of your window sashes. If there’s a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any openings 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 heavier window treatments like plantation shutters installing heavy window treatments like Boise’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise. Plantation shutters are an eye-pleasing way to reduce the noise entering your home while also making your home greener. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that blocks 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 less expensive than installing new windows, and after they’re put in become a permanent build in your house, which can increase your home’s resale value. Put in a sound-proofing plug If you suffer from constant noise such as those from construction you can use a sound-proofing plug. This DIY solution is a large piece of foam that you slide into the gap around your window. As the foam blocks light (and might look awkward), people use sound plugs in the evening or if they really need them for a short period of time. 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 you don’t have the budget to buy all new windows for every room, you can install exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to especially noticeable windows. The drawback is that getting new windows or even adding extra panes can be a pricey option. Soundproof your Boise 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 208-609-9129 or fill out the form below to get 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.