Have you ever been 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...outside?
Sound sneaks into your home through cracks, crevices, and through material like glass and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, especially larger, older windows, are a big contributor source of noise coming into your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can significantly mitigate unwanted noise.
Here are a few things that Charlotte 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 DIY solution to soundproof your windows. Since air carries sound waves easily, blocking any gaps or openings near your windows will reduce noise. One thing you can do is add foam tape to the exterior of your window sashes. For a side-sliding door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the sides. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any cracks to stop airflow.
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 dense window treatments like plantation shutters
installing dense window treatments like Charlotte’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise.
Plantation shutters are a fashionable way to reduce the sound that can come inside while also making your home greener. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out unwanted noise and temperature.
Polywood shutters are resilient, so they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They’re typically more affordable than installing new windows, and after they’re put in are a permanent build in your home, which can add to your home’s sale value on the market.
Put in a sound-proofing plug
If you experience constant noise like traffic near the highway you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself solution is a straight piece of foam that you fit into the crevice around your window. Because the foam blocks light (and can look awkward), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rooms that don’t get much traffic.
Replace or install extra windows
If your windows are older and you're suffering from air drafts as well as distracting noise, it could be time to invest in new windows. If you don’t have the budget to replace all your windows, you might add exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to especially noticeable windows. The downside is that installing new windows or even adding extra panes can be a pricey option.
Start reducing your outside noise today
Are you itching for a restful night of 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 no obligation window treatment consultation. We’ll go through all your window treatment choices in Charlotte and end your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is practical.