The Best Ways to Soundproof Your Cincinnati Windows

Lisa Renee Nieberding

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?

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Noise seeps into your home through cracks, crevices, and through your windows and can result in restless nights. Windows, in particular bigger, older windows, are a big contributor 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 outside 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.

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One drawback of this DIY solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it might damper how good your windows look.

Add heavier window treatments like plantation shutters

installing heavy window treatments like Cincinnati’s best plantation shutters can help soundproof your windows immensely.

Plantation shutters are a stylish way to block the sound entering your home 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 shutters are resilient, so 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 part of your home, which can up your home’s sale value on the market.

Get a sound-proofing plug

If you have a lot of loud constant noise like construction noises you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself solution is a straight piece of foam that you wedge in your window. Because the foam blocks light (and can look unattractive), people use sound plugs at night or in rooms that don’t get much traffic.

Replace or install another window

If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as unwanted noise, it may be time to consider new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you can put in exterior storm windows or another window pane to problematic windows. The drawback is that installing new windows or even adding extra panes can 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 513-216-9740 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.