Do you love your home, but hate that every noise in the neighborhood can be heard loud and clear? Especially in places like the living room or indoor patio–there’s too many windows surrounding the area to properly block the noise. Luckily for you, we know the most effective ways to soundproof your windows–from the ones inside your small bathroom to the grand window overlooking a beautiful view.
Caulking and Weatherstripping
Noise often escapes through small gaps and openings around windows. This is an easy and cheap DIY project that will help to slightly reduce noise but isn’t the end-all, be-all solution. It is, however, a quick and cheap fix that may be temporary until you can bring a professional in or it may be all you need to reduce that extra bit of sound.
If you’re handy enough, you can caulk and weatherstrip your home yourself, and depending on the size of the house, you can weatherstrip your entire home for around $50-$350. Hiring a professional will, of course, cost more when you factor in labor.
Installing Multiple Pane Windows
Multi-pane windows can significantly reduce sound from entering your home.Why are multi-pane windows effective? The more glass that separates the inside of your home from the outside, the less noise is able to enter your home. These are such an effective method, and one that has a minimal effect on aesthetics, that this option can often be seen in hotels and offices.
To install, window openings can be retrofitted with pre-made windows or you can have your windows removed and completely redone with a multiple pane window system. For this option, the cost comes down to whether or not you decide to go with vinyl or wooden window frames. Vinyl is your cheaper option, ranging from $450-$650 with labor, and wood window frames can cost around $1,000.
Inserting Window Mats
Also known as a window plug, window mats are an easy way to soundproof your window, while not making a permanent installation to the window. Most plugs can be removed when needed and can be easily installed, which makes them an ideal solution for soundproofing a bedroom. The plug is essentially a foam acoustic mat that is placed into the window frame.
The biggest drawback for this option is that the plug is opaque and will block out any sunlight you may have been getting from that particular window. Window mats or plugs are, by far, the most cost efficient option you have at your disposal, ranging between $25 and $75 depending on size.
If you’re looking for a more aesthetically pleasing option that is also a proven soundproofing option, acoustical shutters may be the way you want to go. These shutters can serve your purposes for a variety of windows and doors, including French doors, archways, and standard windows, and some companies offer a noise reduction of up to 50 decibels.
Also, because these shutters are built with aesthetics in mind, you can be sure that these can fit your needs in just about any window in your house. Shutters will run a little more expensive than some other options and will largely depend on the size of your windows and the amount of windows that you plan on applying shutters.
Investing in Window Blankets
Window blankets are an option that can be described exactly as they sound. Window blankets are sheets of material that you use to dampen the sound coming from a window or door. These are fixed to window frames by clips or grommets and can be installed quite easily. However, window blankets come with the same limitations as plugs, as they will obstruct any light that you come to expect from the window in question.
So if this is how you choose to soundproof a window, you’ll have to decide if you want to sacrifice the natural light. Window blankets are another cost efficient solution, as you can get some low cost blankets for around $100 each.
Outside noise can really take away from how much you can truly enjoy a room. Luckily, there are a variety of options at your disposal that can help you reduce the amount of noise that comes through your windows. How much you are willing to spend can be a big factor on the option you choose to go with.