The Best Ways to Soundproof Your Gainesville Windows 02/19/2018Eric Ramsey 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 you could keep outside noises...outside? Sound enters your house through cracks, gaps, and through material like 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 openings to reduce airflow. One downside of this DIY solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it might damper how good your windows look. 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 making your home greener. 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 part of your home, which can increase your home’s sale value on the market. Get 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. Because the foam blocks light (and might look awkward), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rarely-used rooms. Replace or install extra windows 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 you don’t have the budget to replace all your windows, you can put in exterior storm windows or an extra window pane to windows that are particular problems. The drawback is that getting 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 solve your noise problem once and for all? Then give us a call at 813-602-5966 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.