Ah, windows. If working with Microsoft wasn’t bad enough, the windows in our home (and there are quite a few), were a thorn in my side for quite some time. This of course, forced me to take action as there are a few things in life a man cannot live without – a good game, pint and some peace and quiet when called for.
We live in a very busy street and the noises are enough to make a grown man scream, or cry. Depending on the day.
As it stands, windows are one of the biggest carriers of sound waves. If you live in a very noisy part of town like we do, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Having said this, I took to work straight away when we moved into our home, with this first task. My focus was to find the best most affordable, efficient way to get this right without wasting time or money.
Let me share with you the 5 ways to get the best results if you want to soundproof your homes windows.
Soundproofing your windows does not have to be expensive. Doing the basics such as sealing all the gaps and hanging soundproofing curtains will help to dampen any external sound substantially and will usually cost under $100 to complete.
5 ways to soundproof your windows.
If you are battling with extreme noise that never stops, the one solution that will sort this out straight away, is window inserts. These wonderful contraptions are made out of laminated glass. This glass comprises of two layers of glass with a center layer of plastic that absorbs vibration.
The inserts are installed into your window frame, five inches in front of the inside of your window. The secret to their efficiency, is that the air space between the insert and the window keeps out almost all of the sound that would normally travel straight through the glass.
The inserts work so well that once they have been installed, the sound from outside your window would sound like a normal conversation that you would have inside your house. Well worth it if you own your property as the rough cost per window can vary anywhere from $350 – $800 per window.
Double Or Triple Glaze Windows
In the case that you may have single-pane windows in your home, swapping them out for double-pane windows will drastically improve your noise problem. As with the inserts that have an air buffer between them and the window, the double panes work in the exact same manner. However they are not as dampening as the inserts.
With the double-pane option, it will buffer out most sound but not give you that almost full soundproofing effect. These panes can cost you anywhere from $350 – $900 per window.
Seal Window Frames With Acoustic Caulk
Now ladies and gentlemen, this is where it starts to get interesting. As I was not prepared to swop out my windows at the time, the good old fashioned DIY way was what I chose to soundproof our windows and it worked out very well. Not to mention our windows looked very cared for and smart by the end of the exercise.
All you will need is a good quality acoustic caulk. I used this one here available from Amazon. It was affordable and easy to use. You are roughly looking at between $10 – $20 per tube. The caulk is a soundproofed latex sealant which helps block out the soundwaves bouncing onto your windows from outside your house.
All you need to do is fill all the gaps along your window frames by squeezing out a thin line of the sealant and then running your finger gently over the top of the line to bond it well to the frame. These sealants work very well with drywalling and other common walling materials, making it a good choice as it bonds well and will hold for a long period of time.
If you find that there is old caulk in the frames already, cut it loose with a craft knife and properly clean the surface before applying the new layer.
Make sure to get a nice thick bead of sealant in there as any gaps will let the sound waves come straight through into your room.
Install Double-Cell Shades
These double layered fabric shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are ideal for blocking out your average level of noise.
They fit directly into the frame of your window and offer not only soundproofing but also insulation from cold and heat. They are perfect to absorb room sounds and help as a dampener to reduce echo inside your room. Take a quick look for yourself to see what I mean, great double cell shades.
They work quite well when coupled with a good set of soundproofing curtains.
One of my favourite solutions yet, soundproofing curtains really do the trick. They are made out of tightly woven materials with heavy linings, to ensure that they absorb and dampen sounds coming from outside your window and of course, inside your room.
As with anything DIY, there are some things to know before ordering your first set. Such as make sure that you are ordering the real thing as some manufacturers label their curtains as soundproofed when in fact they are just ordinary heavy curtains.
A good quality brand that I found at a good price was Nicetown. For a more detailed explanation on how to choose and install your own curtains, take a look at this awesome guide that I wrote about soundproofing curtains.
The benefits of soundproofing your windows.
Most of the benefits of soundproofing your windows are pretty obvious. If you live on a noisy street you will know what I mean! However here is a list of the benefits anyway:
- Soundproofing your windows will stop one of the main entry points of external noises into your home.
- It is quite cheap if you shop smart and is very effective.
- You will also benefit from the added insulating properties, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.
- Installation of most Soundproofing materials is pretty straightforward so there will be no testing of your DIY skills.
As with most things in life, it all boils down to time and budget. How far you are willing to take it and what is really needed in order to solve the problem.
I am very happy with the way my windows turned out. In the end, I sealed every single window pane in our house without exception. This immediately made a considerable difference and when we added in the double-cell shades as well as soundproofing curtains – our home transformed into a calm peaceful haven.
It is my hopes that you too can find the same peace and solitude, even in a noisy place.
Hope you found this post helpful. Please feel free to share, like and leave me a comment. I would love to hear how your project worked out and if you have any extra handy hints that worked for you that was not mentioned in here.
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