The Best Ways to Soundproof Your Honolulu Windows 02/19/2018Darren Wong Have you ever been jolted out of sleep by an early morning garbage truck or a late-night party and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay on the outside? Sound comes into your home through cracks, crevices, and through material like glass and can lead to restless nights. Windows, in particular bigger, older windows, can be a big contributor source of noise entering your home, and by doing some basic soundproofing you can drastically cut back on unwanted noise. These are some things that Honolulu residents can do to soundproof your windows and reduce outside noise. Add weatherstripping or caulk to your windows Adding weatherstripping or caulk is an affordable “do it yourself” solution to soundproof your windows. Since sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any cracks or openings by your windows will reduce noise. One thing you can do is add foam tape to the outside of your window sashes. For a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the exterior. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any gaps to reduce airflow. One drawback of this do it yourself solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it might damper how good your windows look. Add heavier window treatments like plantation shutters installing dense material like Honolulu’s best plantation shutters can help soundproof your windows immensely. Plantation shutters are a fashionable way to limit the sound entering your home while also making your home greener. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that blocks out noise as well as heat and cold. Polywood plantation shutters are durable, which means that they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They are less expensive than installing new windows, and once installed are a permanent piece of your house, which can increase your home’s resale value. Get a sound-proofing plug If you experience constant noise like traffic near the highway you can use a sound-proofing plug. This DIY option is a straight piece of foam that you slide into the gap around your window. Since the foam blocks light (and can look awkward), people use sound plugs during the night or if they really need them for a short period of time. Replace or add another window If your windows are older and you experience draftiness as well as distracting noise, it could be time to think about replacing your windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you can put in exterior storm windows or an extra window pane to problematic windows. The drawback is that installing 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 a more permanent solution to your noise problem? Then give us a call at 808-797-2004 or fill out the form below to set up a no obligation in-home consultation. We’ll go through all your window covering choices in Honolulu and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as stylish as it is practical.