How to Soundproof Your Cleveland Windows 02/19/2018Nate 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? 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 homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and lessen outside noise. Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame Adding caulk or weatherstripping is an affordable DIY solution to soundproof your windows. Because sound travels through the air, blocking any cracks 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. If you have a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides of the windows. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any cracks to reduce airflow. 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 are more affordable than installing new 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 you don’t have the budget to replace all your windows, you can install exterior storm windows or an extra window pane to windows that are particular problems. The downside is that replacing your windows or adding extra panes can still 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 440-561-6787 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home estimate. 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.