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Soundproofing Your Virginia Beach Windows

February 19, 2018

Do you ever have a situation where you’re woken up early in the morning by traffic or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that you could keep outside noises where they belong?

Sound enters your home through openings, crevices, and through material like glass and can result in restless nights. Windows, especially bigger, older windows, are a big contributor source of noise disturbing your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can drastically cut back on unwanted noise.

Here are some things that Virginia Beach residents can do to soundproof your windows and lessen noise from coming in from outdoors.

Add caulk or weatherstripping to the window frame

Adding weatherstripping or caulk is an inexpensive “do it yourself” solution to soundproof your windows. Because air carries sound waves easily, blocking any gaps or crevices by your windows will help reduce sound. One thing you can do is add foam tape to the exterior of your window sashes. If there’s a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides of the windows. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any cracks to stop airflow.

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One downside of this DIY solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it can affect your windows’ aesthetics.

Add dense window treatments like plantation shutters

Putting in heavy material like Virginia Beach’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows.

Plantation shutters are a stylish way to limit 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 noise as well as heat and cold.

Polywood plantation shutters are resilient, so they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They are more affordable than replacing your windows, and after they’re put in become a permanent part of your home, which can increase your home’s sale value on the market.

Use 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. Because the foam blocks light (and might look awkward), people use sound plugs during the night or in rarely-used rooms.

Replace or install additional windows

If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as unwanted outside sounds, it could be time to think about replacing your windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you might install exterior storm windows or another window pane to windows that are particular problems. The drawback is that replacing your windows or even adding extra panes can be a pricey option.

Noise-proof your home today

Are you ready for a good night’s sleep, and do you want to solve your noise problem once and for all? Then give us a call at 757-210-6448 or fill out the form below to schedule a free window treatment consultation. We’ll go through all your window covering choices in Virginia Beach and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as stylish as it is practical.