Do you ever get jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that you could keep outside noises on the outside?
Sound seeps into your home through cracks, crevices, and through your windows and can result in restless nights. Windows, in particular bigger, older windows, are one of the main sources source of sound entering your home, and by doing some basic soundproofing you can significantly reduce unwanted noise.
These are some things that Cincinnati residents can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from coming in from outdoors.
Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame
Adding weatherstripping or caulk is an affordable “do it yourself” solution to soundproof your windows. Because sound travels through the air, blocking any cracks or openings near your windows will reduce noise. Install to the exterior of your window sashes. For a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the exterior of the windows. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any openings to reduce airflow.
One drawback of this DIY solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it clash with your room’s style.
Add dense window treatments like plantation shutters
installing heavy window treatments such as Cincinnati’s best plantation shutters can help soundproof your windows immensely.
Plantation shutters are a stylish way to block the sound coming through your windows while also improving your home’s energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that locks out unwanted noise and temperature.
Polywood plantation shutters are resilient, meaning 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 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 have a lot of loud constant noise such as those from construction you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself option is a straight piece of foam that you wedge in your window. Since the foam blocks light (and can look awkward), people use sound plugs at night or if they really need them for a short period of time.
Replace or install another window
If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as unwanted noise, it may be time to think about replacing your windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you can install exterior storm windows or another window pane to windows that are particular problems. The drawback is that installing new windows or adding extra panes can still be a less affordable 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 or fill out the form below to get a free window treatment consultation. We’ll go through all your window treatment choices in Cincinnati and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as stylish as it is functional.