How to Soundproof Your San Jose Windows 02/19/2018Curtis Orton Do you ever get woken up early in the morning by traffic or a party going on next door and wished that outside noises would stay on the outside? Noise seeps into your house through cracks, crevices, and through glass and can lead to sleepless nights. Windows, in particular bigger, older windows, can be a big contributor source of sound entering your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can significantly limit unwanted noise. These are a few things that San Jose residents can do to soundproof your windows and lessen outside noise. Add caulk or weatherstripping to your windows Installing weatherstripping or caulk is an inexpensive DIY solution to soundproof your windows. Because sound travels through the air, blocking any cracks or crevices near your windows will help reduce sound. Install to the sides of your window sashes. For a sliding glass door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the sides. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any openings to block airflow. One downside of this do it yourself solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it might damper how good your windows look. Add sturdier window treatments like plantation shutters installing heavy window treatments like San Jose’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows. Plantation shutters are a fashionable way to reduce the sound entering your home while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out air, temperature, and noise. Polywood plantation shutters are resilient, meaning they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They’re typically less expensive than installing new windows, and once installed are a permanent piece of your house, which can add to your home’s sale value on the market. Put in a sound-proofing plug If you have a lot of loud constant noise such as those from construction 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. As the foam blocks light (and can look unattractive), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rooms that don’t get much traffic. Replace or put in extra windows If your windows are older and you experience draftiness as well as unwanted noise, it could be time to consider new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you might add exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to windows that are particular problems. The downside is that getting new windows or adding extra panes can still be a less affordable option. Soundproof your San Jose windows today Are you ready for a good night’s sleep, and do you want a more permanent solution to your noise problem? Then give us a call at 916-542-1305 or fill out the form below to set up a no obligation in-home consultation. We’ll go through all your window treatment options in San Jose and put an end to your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is practical.