How to Soundproof Your St. George Windows 02/19/2018Kasey Udy Do you ever have a situation where you’re jolted out of sleep by an early morning garbage truck or a party going on next door and wished that you could keep outside noises where they belong? Sound sneaks into your house through cracks, gaps, and through your windows and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, especially bigger, older windows, are a big contributor source of noise entering your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can significantly mitigate unwanted noise. Here are a few things that St. George residents can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from outdoors. Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame Adding weatherstripping or caulk is an inexpensive “do it yourself” solution to soundproof your windows. Because sound travels through the air, blocking any cracks or openings near your windows will reduce noise. You can add foam tape to the exterior of your window sashes. For a sliding glass door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the sides. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any gaps to block airflow. One downside of this do it yourself solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it clash with your room’s style. Add dense window treatments like plantation shutters installing heavy material like St. George’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows. Plantation shutters are a fashionable way to block the sound coming through your windows while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that locks out air, temperature, and noise. Polywood plantation shutters are durable, so they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They’re typically less expensive than replacing your windows, and once installed are a permanent piece of your home, which can increase your home’s resale value. Put in a sound-proofing plug If you suffer from constant noise like construction noises you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This DIY option is a large piece of foam that you slide into the gap around your window. As the foam blocks light (and can 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 distracting noise, 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 add 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 less affordable option. Start reducing your outside noise today Are you ready for a good night’s sleep, and do you want to finally be rid of your noise problem? Then give us a call at 435-485-9332 or fill out the form below to get a no obligation in-home consultation. We’ll go through all your window covering options in St. George and put an end to your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is functional.