How to Soundproof Your Hartford Windows 02/19/2018Holly Perron Do you ever have a situation where you’re jolted out of sleep by an early morning garbage truck or a late-night party and wished that outside noises would stay on the outside?Sound comes into your house through cracks, crevices, and through material like glass and can result in restless nights. Windows, in particular larger, older windows, can be a big contributor source of sound entering your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can drastically limit unwanted noise.Here are a few things that Hartford homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and reduce outside noise.Add caulk or weatherstripping to the window frame Installing weatherstripping or caulk is an inexpensive DIY solution to soundproof your windows. Because sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any cracks or crevices near your windows will help reduce sound. You can add foam tape to the exterior of your window sashes. For a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the sides of the windows. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any splits to stop airflow. One downside of this DIY solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it can affect your windows’ aesthetics.Add dense window treatments like plantation shuttersPutting in heavy material such as Hartford’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise.Plantation shutters are a savvy way to reduce the sound entering your home while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that blocks out unwanted noise and temperature.Polywood shutters are resilient, which means that they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They are more affordable than installing new windows, and once installed become a permanent build in your house, which can add to your home’s resale value.Put in a sound-proofing plugIf you suffer from constant noise such as those from construction you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This DIY solution is a large piece of foam that you fit into the crevice around your window. Because the foam blocks light (and might look out of place), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rooms that don’t get much traffic.Replace or add another windowIf your windows are older and you experience draftiness as well as distracting outside sounds, it’s probably time to consider new windows. If you don’t have the budget to replace all your windows, you can put in exterior storm windows or another window pane to especially noticeable windows. The downside is that getting new windows or adding extra panes can still be a pricey option.Noise-proof your home todayAre you itching for a restful night of sleep, and do you want a more permanent solution to your noise problem? Then give us a call at 860-266-5459 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home estimate. We’ll go through all your window treatment options in Hartford and end your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is practical.