Soundproofing Your Tampa Windows 02/19/2018Eric Ramsey Have you ever been woken up early in the morning by traffic or a party going on next door and wished that outside noises would stay on the outside?Noise comes into your home through cracks, crevices, and through material like glass and can lead to restless nights. Windows, in particular larger, older windows, can be a major source of sound disturbing your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can drastically mitigate unwanted noise.Here are a few things that Tampa residents can do to soundproof your windows and lessen outside noise.Add caulk or weatherstripping to your windows Installing caulk or weatherstripping is an inexpensive DIY solution to block noise. Because 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 exterior of your window sashes. For a sliding glass door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides of the windows. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any cracks to reduce airflow. One downside 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 shuttersinstalling heavy window treatments like Tampa’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise.Plantation shutters are a stylish way to limit the sound entering your home while also improving your home’s energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out unwanted noise and temperature.Polywood faux wood shutters are resilient, which means that they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They’re typically more affordable than installing new windows, and after they’re put in are a permanent part of your home, which can add to your home’s sale value on the market.Use a sound-proofing plugIf you have a lot of loud constant noise like construction noises you could benefit from a sound-proofing plug. This DIY option is a large piece of foam that you wedge in your window. Because the foam blocks light (and can look out of place), people use sound plugs in the evening or if they really need them for a short period of time.Replace or add additional windowsIf you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as distracting noise, it may be time to consider new windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you might add exterior storm windows or another window pane to problematic windows. The downside is that getting new windows or even adding extra panes can be a less affordable option.Start reducing your outside noise todayAre you itching for a restful night of sleep, and do you want to solve your noise problem once and for all? Then give us a call at 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation. We’ll show you all your window treatment choices in Tampa and end your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is functional.