Q&A Soundproofing 101

How To Soundproof A Window

Soundproofing a Window

Is the traffic noise outside keeping you awake all night? Are you troubled by the neighbors’ dog barking at night? Are you nodding off at your desk due to another sleepless night as you read this article? If the answer is yes to all these questions, then one solution to the noise problem is soundproofing the window.

A German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer had once stated that a persons’ mental capacity is inversely related to the amount of noise one can bear. So, if you can’t bear the noise outside, you should take it as a compliment.

I was also once at a receiving end of a noisy neighborhood.

It seemed that the whole world conspired to make my life as hellish as possible. I just could not sleep at night with all the noise outside. Whenever I tried to get some shut-eye, the dog would start barking. Once that noise abated, the cat would start meowing. And then suddenly loud party noise would emanate from the neighbor’s house that I did not even know about.

And this happened almost every night. It was driving me nuts, which I now come to know is a symptom of ‘intelligence’ thanks to Schopenhauer.

I was confused at first as to how to solve the noise problem: Should I call the authorities to arrest the cat and dog due to the noise they were making? Should I bribe the neighbor to keep the noise down? Should I pack up and leave?

I shared with one of my friends about the noise problem that I was facing. And his solution was rather obvious — soundproof the house. In this article, I am sharing with you some tips that I had gathered after painstaking research regarding how to soundproof one of the most prime sources of noise, which is the window.

Replace Existing Windows with Double-Pane Windows

Installing double-pane windows can reduce the noise levels by up to 60 percent. Double-pane windows consist of two panes that reduce the noise and heat transmission. By installing double pane windows, you can bring some sanity to your life due to significantly reduced noise.

Double pane windows offer many benefits apart from reducing the noise. They keep the room warmer during the winters and cooler during the summers. This will result in reduced energy usage thereby cutting your home utility bills.

You can watch the video below to see how to install a double-pane window.

Buy Blackout Curtains

Another piece of advice that I can give you to soundproof a window is to install something like Absolute Zero’s sound absorbing blackout curtains. You can find a lot of different varieties of curtains online. Make sure that you buy heavy weight curtains as they offers the best noise insulation properties.

The blackout curtains have literally changed my life. Apart from reducing the noise level, they completely block out the light. Those of you who have an odd sleeping schedule like me would be able to sleep soundly until 10 am, without having their sleep disturbed by the sunlight.

Editors Note: If you want to know more about the effectiveness of “soundproof curtains” we encourage you to check out: The Reality Of Soundproof Curtains

Install Barrier Panel

Installing a custom sized sonic barrier panel can block even more noise. The barrier panels come in different sizes. I recommend installing the barrier panel to troublesome windows and doors. The panels will extend past the surface and create a good air gap.

However, why settle with one when you can have two.

You can also buy two (or even more) barrier panels, and double the noise reduction capabilities. The video below will show you how to install a window sound barrier panel.

Sound Blocking Blankets

Lastly, I recommend that you buy a sound blocking blanket to block out the noise. You can buy the product easily from Amazon. The blankets are generally made with nickel plated brass grommets for hanging on the wall. You can mate the blanket with a barrier panel that will provide excellent sound insulation properties.

Following the above tips will help you to soundproof the windows. This will greatly reduce the noise allowing you to get a peaceful sleep at night. However, you should remember that a window is only one of the sources of noise coming in from outside. In case soundproofing the window does not help resolve the noise problem, you should consider looking at other sources of noise such as the front door, walls, and ceilings. Getting a local contractor to soundproof your house will also help in solving the noise problem.

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