The Best Ways to Soundproof Your Orlando Windows 02/19/2018Todd Hansen Have you ever been woken up early in the morning by traffic or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that outside noises would stay on the outside? Sound comes into your home through openings, crevices, and through glass and can lead to sleepless nights. Windows, especially larger, older windows, are one of the main sources source of sound coming into your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can drastically cut back on unwanted noise. Here are a few things that Orlando residents can do to soundproof your windows and reduce outside noise. Add caulk or weatherstripping to the window frame Adding weatherstripping or caulk is an affordable DIY solution to reduce noise. Since air carries sound waves easily, blocking any cracks or crevices by your windows will help reduce sound. 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 outer sides of the windows. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any cracks to block 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 dense window treatments like plantation shutters installing dense window treatments such as Orlando’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows. Plantation shutters are a stylish way to limit the sound coming through your windows while also improving your home’s energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that locks out unwanted noise and temperature. Polywood shutters are durable, meaning 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 home, which can increase your home’s resale value. Get a sound-proofing plug If you suffer from constant noise like traffic near the highway you can use a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself solution is a large piece of foam that you slide into the gap around your window. As the foam blocks light (and might look awkward), people use sound plugs during the night or if they really need them for a short period of time. Replace or install extra windows If your windows are older and you experience draftiness as well as unwanted noise, it’s probably time to think about replacing your windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you might install exterior storm windows or an extra window pane to problematic windows. The drawback is that installing new windows or adding extra panes can still be a pricey option. Noise-proof your home today Are you ready for a good night’s sleep, and do you want a more permanent solution to your noise problem? Then give us a call at 407-630-7011 or fill out the form below to set up a no obligation in-home consultation. We’ll go through all your window treatment options in Orlando and put an end to your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is practical.