Soundproofing Your Fort Lauderdale Windows 02/19/2018Danielle Micich Do you ever have a situation where you’re woken up by an early morning garbage truck or a late-night party and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay where they belong? Sound seeps into your home through cracks, crevices, and through your windows and can result in sleepless nights. Windows, especially bigger, older windows, can be one of the main sources source of noise disturbing your home, and if you soundproof 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 block noise. Since air carries sound waves easily, blocking any cracks or crevices near your windows will reduce noise. Install to the sides of your window sashes. If you have a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides. 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 soundproof your windows immensely. Plantation shutters are an eye-pleasing way to reduce the noise coming through your windows 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 part of your home, which can up your home’s resale value. Put in a sound-proofing plug If you experience 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 fit into the crevice around your window. Because the foam blocks light (and can look out of place), people use sound plugs in the evening or if they really need them for a short period of time. Replace or add 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 installing new windows or adding extra panes can still be a less affordable option. Start reducing your outside noise 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 561-440-8535 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home consultation. We’ll go through all your window covering options in Fort Lauderdale and end your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is practical.