How to Soundproof Your Boston Windows

Holly Perron

Do you ever get jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that you could keep outside noises where they belong?

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Noise enters your house through openings, crevices, and through material like glass and can lead to sleepless nights. Windows, especially larger, older windows, can be a major source of sound disturbing your home, and by doing some basic soundproofing you can drastically reduce unwanted noise.

These are some things that Boston residents can do to soundproof your windows and lessen noise from outdoors.

Add weatherstripping or caulk to your windows

Adding caulk or weatherstripping is an inexpensive “do it yourself” solution to block noise. Since sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any gaps or openings near your windows will reduce noise. One thing you can do is add foam tape to the exterior 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 splits to block airflow.

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One drawback of this do it yourself solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it clash with your room’s style.

Add heavier window treatments like plantation shutters

Putting in heavy window treatments such as Boston’s best plantation shutters can soften the noise coming through your windows.

Plantation shutters are a fashionable way to block the sound entering your home while also making your home greener. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that locks out air, temperature, and noise.

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

Put in a sound-proofing plug

If you suffer from constant noise like traffic near the highway you can use a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself solution is a straight piece of foam that you slide into the gap around your window. Since the foam blocks light (and might look unattractive), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rarely-used rooms.

Replace or put in extra windows

If you have old windows 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 install exterior storm windows or an extra window pane to problematic windows. The downside is that getting new 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 finally be rid of your noise problem? Then give us a call at 781-352-2205 or fill out the form below to set up a no obligation in-home consultation. We’ll show you all your window covering choices in Boston and put an end to your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is practical.