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?
Noise comes into your home through cracks, crevices, and through glass and can lead to restless nights. Windows, in particular bigger, older windows, can be one of the main sources source of noise coming into your home, and by doing some basic soundproofing you can drastically limit 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 air carries sound waves easily, 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 outer sides. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any gaps to block 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
Putting in dense material like Honolulu’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise.
Plantation shutters are a fashionable way to limit the sound entering your home while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters are built with a custom weatherstripping design that blocks out air, temperature, and noise.
Polywood 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 have a lot of loud 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 unattractive), people use sound plugs at night or in rooms that don’t get much traffic.
Replace or install extra windows
If your windows are older and you experience draftiness as well as distracting noise, it’s probably 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 additional window pane to problematic windows. The drawback 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 a more permanent solution to your noise problem? Then give us a call at 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 end your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is functional.