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How to Soundproof Your San Jose Windows

February 19, 2018

Have you ever been woken up early in the morning by traffic or a party going on next door and wished that you could keep outside noises 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 if you soundproof your windows you can significantly cut back on 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. You can add foam tape to the sides of your window sashes. If there’s a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the sides. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any cracks to reduce airflow.

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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 making your home greener. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out air, temperature, and noise.

Polywood 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.

Get a sound-proofing plug

If you experience constant noise like construction noises 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. As the foam blocks light (and can look unattractive), people use sound plugs in the evening or if they really need them for a short period of time.

Replace or put in extra windows

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 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.

Noise-proof your home 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 get 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.

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