If you’re looking to soundproof your windows, you’re most likely experiencing some unwanted noises from the outside world encroaching on your home life. Whether you’re living in the city or in a busy suburb, there is a spectrum of noises that can quickly become part of your daily life.
Luckily, soundproofing your windows is one of the simplest and cost-effective ways to reduce unwanted noise pollution in your home, and can be achieved in several ways. In this blog post, we’re going to show you four of these simple methods so you can reclaim your home’s soundscape, remove distraction from the outside world, and better relax.
1. Remove Any Gaps Surrounding the Window
The first step in soundproofing your windows is ensuring that every nook and cranny surrounding them is thoroughly sealed, forming a barrier against noise pollution entering your home. By closing off even the tiniest gaps between the window borders and the surrounding walls, you significantly reduce the amount of noise that manages to get through.
So how can you do this?
It’s fairly simple as it turns out, you’ll just need some simple materials to help you out, like:
- Foam insulation tape
Begin by carefully inspecting your windows and their immediate surroundings for visible gaps, cracks, and openings that may allow noise to get through. Before applying any of your sealing materials, use a brush or vacuum to ensure that your window surfaces and the surrounding areas are clean and clear of dust/debris.
Next, carefully cut your sealant material to size to fit the dimension of the gaps. Apply it firmly to the gap to create a snug seal without warping the frame. Repeat for each window, ensuring adequate sealing for each.
2. Sound-dampening curtain/blinds
If the gaps between your windows aren’t the problem, it might be worth looking into incorporating sound-dampening window coverings to minimise any unwanted outside noise.
Although a more costly alternative, the thick, heavy fabric of these shades block excess noise from the other side of your windows and ensure a quieter and more peaceful environment on top of some other benefits like privacy, security, and heat retention.
In this way, sound-dampening curtains offer layers of utility and provide an all-round experience for your home. Not only do they help reduce noise from outside, they block light and all the goings-on so you can enjoy your home life privately and comfortably.
3. Double or triple glazing for ultimate soundproofing and value for your home
When it comes to soundproofing, one of the most effective options includes replacing your existing windows with double or triple-glazed panes.
If your current windows are single-pane, investing in double or triple-glazed windows is a savvy choice for your home in the short and long term. These windows consist of two glass panes separated by argon gas, creating an insulating pocket that significantly reduces heat transfer compared to single-pane windows.
The result? A remarkable reduction in noise levels, up to 60% in some cases.
But the benefits don’t stop there. Double-glazed windows also keep your room cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, providing ultimate energy efficiency throughout the year, and saving you on unnecessary energy bills.
On top of this, investing in better insulation for your home will help increase its value if you ever look to sell, meaning it will essentially pay for itself many times over across its lifetime.
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