The noise that comes from outside your home can be very annoying when you want to concentrate on something. You could be reading a book, recording your music, watching a movie or just having a serious conversation with your guests and then get interrupted by barking dogs, people shouting at the top of their lungs or drivers hooting like nobody’s business. And if that’s not enough, you might be living close to a neighbor that likes to pump up the volume of his radio. Such noise can rely deny you a chance to focus on something or just relax. The problem is that you can’t control the sources of such unwanted noise. The only thing you can do is to soundproof your windows to prevent the noise from coming through. As a beginner, you may not know where to start or what to do. Here are tips on how you can prevent external noise from disturbing your peace.
- Hang Sound Dampening Curtains
When you hang sound dampening curtains, they create a barrier that reduces the impact of the noise on your ears. The curtains are made from thick materials such as cotton and velvet. The advantage of using such curtains is that they also double as blinds that prevent light from coming through the window. They can actually be very useful when hang in the bedroom especially if you have not been sleeping well. The other benefit is that you can choose a design that blends with the interior décor of your home. If you like doing things on your own, you can even make such curtains by stitching several sheets of heavy fabric material together.
- Seal All the Gaps
Gaps such as cracked window panes and worn out frames create channels that make it easy for noise to penetrate. In fact, a window that has gaps is not appealing. For a start, all cracked or broken window glass panels should be replaced immediately. This is because they can also cause rain water to eventually flow inside the house and damage your things.Besides that, the gaps that appear on the surface that’s between the window frame and the brick or wooden wall should be covered using an acoustic caulk. The good thing about the tool is that it releases a substnce that strengthens the bond between the two surfaces for up to three years.
- Block Windows with Furniture
This is arguably the easiest option. All you have to do is move your bookshelves, coaches and cupboards from where they are and place them behind the window that you want to soundproof. When there are many things behind a window, the sound that penetrates into the room is usually weakened by the barries such that it can’t have any influence on your level of concentration. However, you will not be able to get natural light when there are bulky things behind the window.
- Install Double or Tripple Pane Window Frames
Creating multiple layers of barrier helps in minimizing the magnitude of noise that makes it past the window. This can be a little tricky you are not a DIY maniac. The good thing is that you can hire Soundproof Panda to do the job for you. All in all, you will have to existing window frames with those that are designed to support at least two or three layers of glass panels.