- Try weather stripping first.
- Utilize forgotten storm windows.
- DIY! Cut one of these to size: styrofoam insulation, carpet padding + cardboard, mattress topper + cardboard, vinyl or linoleum flooring, mass-loaded vinyl, soundproofing foam.
- Buy soundproof curtains, or make some with moving blankets/ pads.
- Install acoustical glass windows if you wish to keep your view.
Loud street noise is an unwelcome annoyance. Since sound travels through glass easily, it’s the first place to start when you want to keep the noise out. Whether it’s cars or noisy neighbors, we can help you drown out the noise.
Considerations when Soundproofing Windows
Start simple. Before considering installing sound barriers, replace the weather stripping on your windows to see how well it prevents unwanted noise from entering your home. There are many different kinds of weather stripping. Click here to find out more about weather stripping options. This method won’t just reduce noise, but it will also prevent air leaks and lower your utility bill. Sometimes this simple maintenance task will be sufficient to seal out unwanted noise.
DIY Soundproof Barrier
A simple soundproof barrier cut out in the shape of a window is the most economical option. Although this won’t allow daylight to penetrate the window, the barrier may be removed when soundproofing isn’t required. Styrofoam insulation (also known as blue board or pink board) is cheap and easy to cut to size. Simply measure the dimensions of your window and cut the board to size. Just remember to cut indented handles on one side for installation and removal. You can even add fabric to one side for a better look when it is installed.
Some homeowners have storm windows and don’t even know it. These windows are added to the exterior of the home in the fall and removed in the spring (or sometimes never removed). They help insulate the windows and protect your home from the elements. Sometimes they are removed and stored in the attic or crawl space and forgotten about. If your home has them, ensure they are installed. If you don’t have storm windows, an expert can tell you if your windows can accept them and will help you source them. The thicker the glass, the better. Make sure you have at least 2 inches of air space between both panes. Storm windows are a great addition to make your windows more efficient and soundproof. Not only that, but they’re easy to install too!
Soundproof curtains are a better-looking and more permanent solution for shutting out the noise. They are not as effective as dedicated barriers but are easily installed and more convenient. If you already have curtains installed, simply replacing them with a heavier fabric or specific soundproof curtain can be very effective. Old moving blankets or pads cut to size can also make great DIY soundproof curtains. Go for an oversized curtain; the air held in the baffles reduces sound.
For a more effective DIY soundproof barrier, homeowners can purchase specific soundproofing foam or mass-loaded vinyl to create their own barriers. Ask local music shops or recording studios, which usually have these materials on hand. If you’re really pinching pennies, local carpet shops might give you a great price on carpet or padding scraps.
To decide which soundproofing technique to use, you must decide if you wish to have the chance to see through the window and allow daylight to enter. Ask yourself if you want a permanent solution or one that can easily be removed. Read on for more considerations to take when you’re choosing a method, in addition to tips for applying each solution.
Acoustical Glass Windows
For homeowners who wish to keep the daylight and the views, a soundproof window is the best option. Older single-pane windows are the best candidates for replacement. A new window will be airtight, more energy efficient and soundproof! While double- and triple-pane glass offers better soundproofing capabilities than single-pane, acoustical glass is the best option. This glass is specifically designed to seal out noise and will give the best, quietest results.
If you don’t wish to buy Styrofoam, you can create a soundproof barrier with a variety of materials you may have around your home. A combination of carpet padding and cardboard can make a cheap and functional soundproof window plug. An old mattress topper can be glued to the back of a cardboard cutout for effective soundproofing that’s easy to remove. Leftover vinyl or linoleum flooring is also a good option.
Let There Be Silence
Nobody likes to listen to the neighbor’s drum practice or impatient drivers honking their horns. Homeowners deserve solitude, and our team wants to help. Depending on how bad the outside noise is, you may need to use a combination of techniques for the greatest results. If you need advice or would like a quote for acoustical glass windows, we can help.
Like most parts of your home, windows need maintenance. It’s easy to put maintenance tasks off, especially cleaning. Keeping windows clean not only looks great; it also helps the coatings on the windows perform better.