Soundproofing Your San Diego Windows 02/19/2018Tyson Williams Do you ever get jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a late-night party and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay on the outside? Noise comes into your home through cracks, crevices, and through your windows and can result in restless nights. Windows, in particular larger, older windows, are one of the main sources source of sound entering your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can drastically reduce unwanted noise. Here are a few things that San Diego homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and lessen noise from coming in from outdoors. Add weatherstripping or caulk to your windows Installing caulk or weatherstripping is an affordable DIY solution to block noise. Since sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any gaps or openings near your windows will reduce noise. One thing you can do is add foam tape to the top or bottom of your window sashes. For a side-sliding door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the sides of the windows. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any cracks to stop airflow. One drawback of this do it yourself solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it can affect your windows’ aesthetics. Add dense window treatments like plantation shutters Adding heavy window treatments such as San Diego’s best plantation shutters can help soundproof your windows immensely. Plantation shutters are a stylish way to reduce the sound 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 resilient, which means that they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They are less expensive than installing new windows, and after they’re put in become a permanent piece of your house, which can up your home’s resale value. Use a sound-proofing plug If you have a lot of loud constant noise such as those from construction you can use a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself solution is a straight piece of foam that you wedge in your window. Because the foam blocks light (and might look out of place), 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 distracting outside sounds, it could be time to think about replacing your windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you can install exterior storm windows or another window pane to especially noticeable windows. The downside is that replacing your windows or even adding extra panes can be a very expensive option. Noise-proof your home today Are you ready for a good night’s sleep, and do you want to solve your noise problem once and for all? Then give us a call at 760-405-8887 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home estimate. We’ll go through all your window covering choices in San Diego and end your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is practical.