How to Soundproof Your Cleveland Windows

Nate Gromen

Have you ever been jolted out of sleep by an early morning garbage truck or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay on the outside?

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Noise enters your home through openings, gaps, and through material like glass and can lead to sleepless nights. Windows, especially bigger, older windows, can be a big contributor source of noise disturbing your home, and by doing some basic soundproofing you can significantly cut back on unwanted noise.

These are a few things that Cleveland residents can do to soundproof your windows and lessen outside noise.

Add caulk or weatherstripping to your windows

Adding caulk or weatherstripping is an inexpensive DIY solution to soundproof your windows. Because sound travels through the air, blocking any gaps or openings near your windows will help reduce sound. One thing you can do is add foam tape to the outside of your window sashes. For a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides of the windows. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any cracks to reduce airflow.

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One drawback of this DIY solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it can affect your windows’ aesthetics.

Add heavier window treatments like plantation shutters

Putting in heavy window treatments such as Cleveland’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows.

Plantation shutters are a savvy way to reduce the noise coming through your windows while also saving you energy. 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 have more longevity those DIY solutions. They’re typically more affordable than replacing your windows, and once installed are a permanent build in your home, which can increase your home’s sale value on the market.

Get a sound-proofing plug

If you suffer from constant noise such as those from construction you can use a sound-proofing plug. This DIY option is a large piece of foam that you wedge in your window. As the foam blocks light (and might look awkward), people use sound plugs during the night or in rarely-used rooms.

Replace or add extra windows

If you have old windows and you're suffering from air drafts 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 windows that are particular problems. The drawback is that replacing your windows or adding extra panes can still be a pricey option.

Soundproof your Cleveland windows 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 440-561-6787 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. We’ll go through all your window treatment options in Cleveland and end your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is practical.