How to Soundproof Your Jacksonville Windows 02/19/2018Kevin McCormack Have you ever been jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a party going on next door and wished that you could keep outside noises...outside? Noise enters your home through openings, crevices, and through your windows and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, especially larger, older windows, can be a big contributor source of sound coming into your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can significantly reduce unwanted noise. These are some things that Jacksonville homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and lessen noise from coming in from outdoors. Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame Installing caulk or weatherstripping is an inexpensive “do it yourself” solution to reduce noise. Because air carries sound waves easily, blocking any cracks or openings by your windows will help reduce sound. You can add foam tape to the top or bottom of your window sashes. If you have 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 splits to reduce 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 heavier window treatments like plantation shutters Adding dense window treatments such as Jacksonville’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows. Plantation shutters are a savvy way to limit the sound that can come inside while also improving your home’s energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that locks out air, temperature, and noise. Polywood shutters are resilient, which means that they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They are less expensive than replacing your windows, and after they’re put in become a permanent piece of your home, which can add to your home’s sale value on the market. Use a sound-proofing plug If you suffer from constant noise like traffic near the highway you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This DIY solution is a straight piece of foam that you fit into the crevice around your window. As the foam blocks light (and can look out of place), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rarely-used rooms. Replace or install another window If your windows are older and you experience draftiness as well as unwanted noise, it’s probably time to consider new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you might install exterior storm windows or another window pane to windows that are particular problems. The drawback is that getting new windows or adding extra panes can still be a less affordable option. Noise-proof your home 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 904-289-1663 or fill out the form below to set up a no obligation window treatment estimate. We’ll go through all your window treatment choices in Jacksonville and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as beautiful as it is functional.