How to Soundproof Your Indianapolis Windows 02/19/2018Bill Burke Do you ever have a situation where you’re woken up by an early morning garbage truck or a late-night party and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay...outside? Sound enters your home through cracks, gaps, and through glass and can lead to sleepless nights. Windows, in particular larger, older windows, are a big contributor source of sound entering your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can drastically limit unwanted noise. These are a few things that Indianapolis homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and lessen noise from coming in from outdoors. Add caulk or weatherstripping to the window frame Adding weatherstripping or caulk is an inexpensive DIY solution to soundproof your windows. Because air carries sound waves easily, blocking any gaps or crevices by your windows will help reduce sound. You can add foam tape to the sides 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 caulk the crevices around windows and over any gaps to stop airflow. One downside 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 heavy window treatments such as Indianapolis’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows. Plantation shutters are a savvy way to block the noise that can come inside while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that blocks out air, temperature, and noise. Polywood faux wood shutters are durable, meaning they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They are less expensive than replacing your windows, and once installed are a permanent piece of your house, which can increase 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 do it yourself solution is a straight piece of foam that you slide into the gap around your window. Because the foam blocks light (and can look out of place), people use sound plugs at night or in rooms that don’t get much traffic. Replace or put in extra windows If your windows are older and you're suffering from air drafts 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 add exterior storm windows or another window pane to problematic windows. The downside is that installing new windows or even adding extra panes can be a pricey option. Noise-proof your home 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 317-558-9066 or fill out the form below to set up a free window treatment consultation. We’ll go through all your window covering choices in Indianapolis and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as stylish as it is practical.