The Best Ways to Soundproof Your New Brunswick Windows 02/19/2018Mike Horn Do you ever get woken up by an early morning garbage truck or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay...outside? Sound comes into your house through openings, gaps, and through your windows and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, especially bigger, older windows, are a big contributor source of noise disturbing your home, and by doing some basic soundproofing you can drastically reduce unwanted noise. These are a few things that New Brunswick homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and reduce outside noise. Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame Installing caulk or weatherstripping is an inexpensive DIY solution to block noise. Because air carries sound waves easily, blocking any gaps or crevices near your windows will help reduce sound. You can add foam tape to the top or bottom of your window sashes. If you have a sliding glass door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides of the windows. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any gaps to reduce airflow. One downside of this do it yourself 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 Putting in dense material such as New Brunswick’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise. Plantation shutters are a fashionable way to block the noise that can come inside while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that locks out noise as well as heat and cold. Polywood plantation shutters are resilient, which means that they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They are less expensive than replacing your windows, and after they’re put in become a permanent part of your house, which can add to your home’s sale value on the market. Get a sound-proofing plug If you suffer from constant noise such as those from construction you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This DIY option is a straight piece of foam that you wedge in your window. As 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 additional windows If you have old windows and you're suffering from air drafts as well as distracting outside sounds, it could be time to invest in new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you might install exterior storm windows or another window pane to problematic windows. The downside is that replacing your windows or adding extra panes can still be a less affordable option. Start reducing your outside noise today Are you itching for a restful night of sleep, and do you want to solve your noise problem once and for all? Then give us a call at 732-301-6168 or fill out the form below to schedule a no obligation in-home estimate. We’ll show you all your window covering options in New Brunswick and put an end to your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is practical.