Soundproofing Your Destin Windows 02/19/2018Eric Ramsey Do you ever have a situation where you’re jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a late-night party and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay where they belong? Noise seeps into your house through openings, gaps, and through your windows and can lead to restless nights. Windows, especially larger, older windows, can be a major source of sound disturbing your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can significantly cut back on unwanted noise. Here are a few things that Destin homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from coming in from outdoors. Add caulk or weatherstripping to your windows Adding weatherstripping or caulk is an affordable DIY solution to block noise. Because air carries sound waves easily, blocking any cracks or crevices by your windows will reduce noise. You can add foam tape to the outside of your window sashes. If there’s a side-sliding door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the sides. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any openings to stop airflow. One downside of this do it yourself solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it can affect your windows’ aesthetics. Add heavier window treatments like plantation shutters Putting in dense window treatments such as Destin’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise. Plantation shutters are an eye-pleasing way to reduce the sound entering your home while also making your home greener. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that locks out unwanted noise and temperature. Polywood faux wood shutters are durable, which means that 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 become a permanent build in your home, which can add to your home’s resale value. Use a sound-proofing plug If you suffer from constant noise such as those from construction you can use a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself solution is a large piece of foam that you fit into the crevice around your window. Because the foam blocks light (and can look awkward), people use sound plugs at night or in rarely-used rooms. Replace or install another window If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as unwanted noise, it may be time to think about replacing your windows. If you don’t have the budget to replace all your windows, you can install exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to windows that are particular problems. The downside is that installing new windows or even adding extra panes can be a pricey 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 850-203-0419 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. We’ll show you all your window treatment options in Destin and end your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is practical.