Do you ever have a situation where you’re jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a party going on next door and wished that outside noises would stay on the outside?
Noise seeps into your home through openings, crevices, and through your windows and can result in restless nights. Windows, especially bigger, older windows, can be a major source of sound disturbing your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can drastically mitigate unwanted noise.
These are some things that Minneapolis residents can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from coming in from outdoors.
Add caulk or weatherstripping to the window frame
Installing caulk or weatherstripping is an inexpensive DIY solution to reduce noise. Because air carries sound waves easily, blocking any cracks or openings by your windows will reduce noise. Install 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 outer sides of the windows. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any splits to block airflow.
One drawback 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
Adding dense window treatments like Minneapolis’s best plantation shutters can help soundproof your windows immensely.
Plantation shutters are a savvy way to limit the noise entering your home while also improving your home’s energy efficiency. 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, so they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They’re typically more affordable than installing new windows, and after they’re put in are a permanent piece of your home, which can up your home’s resale value.
Use a sound-proofing plug
If you experience constant noise such as those from construction you can use a sound-proofing plug. This DIY solution is a large piece of foam that you slide into the gap around your window. Because the foam blocks light (and might look unattractive), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rooms that don’t get much traffic.
Replace or add extra windows
If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as distracting outside sounds, it’s probably time to consider new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you can put in exterior storm windows or another window pane to especially noticeable windows. The downside is that replacing your windows or adding extra panes can still be a very expensive option.
Start reducing your outside noise 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 or fill out the form below to get a free window treatment estimate. We’ll show you all your window covering options in Minneapolis and end your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is functional.