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 where they belong?
Sound enters your home through cracks, gaps, and through material like 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 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 stop airflow.
One downside of this DIY solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it clash with your room’s style.
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 making your home greener. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that blocks out noise as well as heat and cold.
Polywood faux wood shutters are durable, so 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 up your home’s sale value on the market.
Put in 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 fit into the crevice around your window. Since the foam blocks light (and can look out of place), people use sound plugs at night or if they really need them for a short period of time.
Replace or put in another window
If your windows are older and you're suffering from air drafts as well as unwanted noise, it could be time to consider new 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 getting new windows or even adding extra panes can be a very expensive 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 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.