Have you ever been jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a late-night party and wished that outside noises would stay...outside?
Sound sneaks into your home through openings, crevices, and through your windows and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, in particular bigger, older windows, are one of the main sources source of sound disturbing your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can drastically limit unwanted noise.
These are some things that San Antonio residents can do to soundproof your windows and lessen noise from outdoors.
Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame
Adding caulk or weatherstripping is an affordable DIY solution to soundproof your windows. Since sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any cracks or openings by your windows will reduce noise. One thing you can do is 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 exterior of the windows. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any splits to stop airflow.
One downside of this do it yourself solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it clash with your room’s style.
Add sturdier window treatments like plantation shutters
Putting in dense material such as San Antonio’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise.
Plantation shutters are an eye-pleasing way to block the noise entering your home while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out noise as well as heat and cold.
Polywood faux wood shutters are durable, meaning they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They are more affordable than installing new windows, and after they’re put in are a permanent part of your home, which can up your home’s sale value on the market.
Put in a sound-proofing plug
If you have a lot of loud constant noise like traffic near the highway you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself option is a straight piece of foam that you slide into the gap around your window. As the foam blocks light (and can look unattractive), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rooms that don’t get much traffic.
Replace or put in additional windows
If your windows are older and you experience draftiness as well as unwanted outside sounds, it’s probably time to consider new windows. If you don’t have the budget to buy all new windows for every room, you can install exterior storm windows or another window pane to especially noticeable windows. The drawback is that replacing your windows or adding extra panes can still 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 no obligation in-home estimate. We’ll show you all your window covering options in San Antonio and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as stylish as it is practical.