Soundproofing Your Detroit Windows 02/19/2018Steve Hill Have you ever been woken up early in the morning by traffic or a late-night party and wished that you could keep outside noises on the outside? Noise seeps into your home through cracks, crevices, and through glass and can result in restless nights. Windows, in particular bigger, older windows, can be a major source of sound entering your home, and by doing some basic soundproofing you can significantly limit unwanted noise. These are a few things that Detroit residents 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 soundproof your windows. Since sound waves travel most easily through the air, blocking any cracks or openings by your windows will help reduce sound. Install to the sides of your window sashes. If you have a side-sliding door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any openings 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 Putting in dense window treatments such as Detroit’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise. Plantation shutters are a savvy way to limit the noise entering your home while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that locks out air, temperature, and noise. Polywood faux wood shutters are durable, which means that they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They are more affordable than installing new windows, and after they’re put in become a permanent part of your house, which can increase your home’s resale value. Use a sound-proofing plug If you suffer from constant noise like construction noises you can use a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself solution is a large piece of foam that you fit into the crevice around your window. Since the foam blocks light (and might look out of place), people use sound plugs during the night or in rarely-used rooms. Replace or put in additional windows If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as distracting noise, it’s probably time to invest in new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you can put in exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to windows that are particular problems. The drawback is that replacing your windows or adding extra panes can still be a pricey option. Noise-proof your home today Are you itching for a restful night of sleep, and do you want a more permanent solution to your noise problem? Then give us a call at 248-429-9294 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation. We’ll show you all your window treatment options in Detroit and put an end to your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is practical.