Do you ever have a situation where you’re woken up early in the morning by traffic or a party going on next door and wished that outside noises would stay where they belong?
Sound seeps into your house through cracks, gaps, and through glass and can lead to sleepless nights. Windows, especially bigger, older windows, can be a big contributor source of sound disturbing your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can significantly reduce unwanted noise.
Here are some things that Gainesville homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from coming in from outdoors.
Add weatherstripping or caulk to your windows
Adding caulk or weatherstripping is an affordable DIY solution to block noise. Since sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any gaps or crevices near your windows will reduce noise. You can add foam tape to the sides of your window sashes. If there’s a side-sliding door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the sides of the windows. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any cracks to reduce airflow.
One downside of this DIY solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it clash with your room’s style.
Add sturdier window treatments like plantation shutters
Putting in heavy material such as Gainesville’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise.
Plantation shutters are a stylish way to block the sound that can come inside while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that locks out unwanted noise and temperature.
Polywood plantation shutters are resilient, which means that they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They’re typically less expensive than installing new windows, and after they’re put in become a permanent build in your home, which can up 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 can use a sound-proofing plug. This DIY option is a straight piece of foam that you wedge in your window. Since the foam blocks light (and might look awkward), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rarely-used rooms.
Replace or install another window
If you have old windows and you're suffering from air drafts as well as distracting outside sounds, it’s probably time to invest in new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you can install exterior storm windows or an extra window pane to windows that are particular problems. The drawback is that installing new windows or even adding extra panes can be a less affordable option.
Soundproof your Gainesville 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 or fill out the form below to schedule a no obligation window treatment estimate. We’ll go through all your window covering choices in Gainesville and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as beautiful as it is practical.