Do you ever have a situation where you’re woken up by an early morning garbage truck or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay where they belong?
Sound enters your house through cracks, crevices, and through your windows and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, especially bigger, older windows, can be a big contributor source of noise disturbing your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can significantly mitigate unwanted noise.
Here are a few things that Fort Lauderdale residents can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from outdoors.
Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame
Installing caulk or weatherstripping is an affordable “do it yourself” solution to soundproof your windows. Since air carries sound waves easily, blocking any gaps or crevices near your windows will reduce noise. You can add foam tape to the sides of your window sashes. For a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the exterior. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any openings to stop airflow.
One drawback of this DIY solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it can affect your windows’ aesthetics.
Add sturdier window treatments like plantation shutters
Adding dense material like Fort Lauderdale’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise.
Plantation shutters are an eye-pleasing way to limit the noise entering your home while also making your home greener. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out air, temperature, and noise.
Polywood faux wood shutters are durable, which means that they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They are less expensive than replacing your windows, and after they’re put in are a permanent build in your home, which can up your home’s resale value.
Get 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 DIY solution is a straight piece of foam that you slide into the gap around your window. Since the foam blocks light (and can look out of place), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rooms that don’t get much traffic.
Replace or install additional windows
If your windows are older and you experience draftiness as well as unwanted noise, it’s probably time to think about replacing your windows. If you don’t have the budget to replace all your windows, you can put in exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to especially noticeable windows. The downside is that getting new windows or adding extra panes can still be a less affordable option.
Noise-proof your home today
Are you ready for a good night’s sleep, and do you want to finally be rid of your noise problem? Then give us a call at or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation. We’ll go through all your window covering options in Fort Lauderdale and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as beautiful as it is practical.