Soundproofing Your Miami Windows 02/19/2018David White Do you ever have a situation where you’re woken up by an early morning garbage truck or a party going on next door and wished that outside noises would stay on the outside? Sound comes 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 noise entering your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can significantly limit unwanted noise. These are some things that Miami residents can do to soundproof your windows and reduce outside noise. Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame Installing caulk or weatherstripping is an affordable “do it yourself” solution to reduce noise. Since air carries sound waves easily, blocking any gaps or crevices near your windows will help reduce sound. You can add foam tape to the sides of your window sashes. For a side-sliding door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any splits to block airflow. One drawback of this DIY solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it clash with your room’s style. Add heavier window treatments like plantation shutters Putting in heavy material such as Miami’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows. Plantation shutters are a fashionable way to block the sound entering your home while also improving your home’s energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that blocks out unwanted noise and temperature. Polywood plantation shutters are durable, meaning they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They’re typically less expensive than replacing your windows, and once installed are a permanent piece of your home, which can add to your home’s resale value. Put in a sound-proofing plug If you have a lot of loud constant noise like traffic near the highway you can use a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself option is a straight piece of foam that you fit into the crevice around your window. Since the foam blocks light (and might look awkward), people use sound plugs at night or in rooms that guests don’t see. Replace or install another window If your windows are older and you're suffering from air drafts as well as unwanted noise, it could be time to think about replacing your windows. If you don’t have the budget to replace all your windows, you can add exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to windows that are particular problems. The downside is that installing new windows or adding extra panes can still be a less affordable 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 305-520-7515 or fill out the form below to get a no obligation window treatment consultation. We’ll go through all your window covering options in Miami and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as stylish as it is practical.