Have you ever been woken up early in the morning by traffic or a neighbor’s all-night party and wished that sounds from outdoors would stay where they belong?
Sound seeps into your house through openings, gaps, and through material like glass and can lead to sleepless nights. Windows, in particular bigger, older windows, are one of the main sources source of sound entering your home, and by doing some basic soundproofing you can drastically reduce unwanted noise.
Here are some things that Fort Myers residents can do to soundproof your windows and lessen noise from coming in from outdoors.
Add caulk or weatherstripping to the window frame
Installing caulk or weatherstripping is an affordable “do it yourself” solution to soundproof your windows. Because sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any gaps or openings by your windows will help reduce sound. Install to the outside of your window sashes. For a side-sliding door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides of the windows. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any openings to reduce airflow.
One downside of this DIY solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it can affect your windows’ aesthetics.
Add sturdier window treatments like plantation shutters
installing heavy window treatments like Fort Myers’s best plantation shutters can help soundproof your windows immensely.
Plantation shutters are a savvy way to reduce the sound that can come inside while also saving you energy. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that locks out noise as well as heat and cold.
Polywood faux wood shutters are resilient, meaning they have more longevity those DIY solutions. They are less expensive than installing new windows, and once installed become a permanent piece of your home, which can add to your home’s resale value.
Put in a sound-proofing plug
If you have a lot of loud constant noise such as those from construction you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself option is a straight piece of foam that you slide into the gap around your window. As the foam blocks light (and can look awkward), people use sound plugs in the evening or if they really need them for a short period of time.
Replace or install extra windows
If your windows are older and you're suffering from air drafts as well as distracting noise, it may be time to invest in new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you can install exterior storm windows or another window pane to especially noticeable 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 to finally be rid of your noise problem? Then give us a call at or fill out the form below to set up a no obligation in-home estimate. We’ll go through all your window covering options in Fort Myers and find the right solution for your noise problem that is as stylish as it is practical.