How to soundproof windows

28 May 2021

It’s a well-known fact that if you live in the city, close to a busy airport or a construction site, noise pollution is almost impossible to avoid. Whether it be from cars driving by or planes landing, there will always be something making some kind of sound. This can be both annoying and distracting to those who are trying to get work done at home or just enjoy their peace and quiet for a little while. 

Luckily, there are methods to cut down on this type of noise that enters your home through your windows. In this blog post, we’ll explore how soundproofing your windows can help tackle these problems and make life easier when living in the urban jungle.

4 ways to soundproof double glazed windows

Let’s explore 4 of the most common and most beneficial methods of soundproofing your double glazed windows.

Seal the gaps around the windows

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to soundproof your windows, try acoustic caulk (sealant) or weather-stripping sealers.

They will reduce the level of exterior noise coming into your home by blocking all the little gaps between the wall and borders of the window. This is an affordable option that can be completed in just minutes!

Create a barrier between your house and the outside

If you are unfortunate to live in a noisy neighborhood, it may be worth considering adding some kind of barrier between your house and the road.

Whether this is a natural one like plants or an artificial one such as a fence, both will help fragment sound waves travelling through windows. Tall bushes can be a good option due to their more dense make-up.

A lot of noise can still seep into your home despite these barriers however they should significantly reduce the volume reaching inside, whilst adding some additional beauty to your home.

Install secondary glazing

Secondary glazing can also be used as a great way to protect against unwanted sounds that come into the home. Secondary glazing provides protection by absorbing and deflecting high-frequency sound waves before they enter the house or apartment through glass panes. It’s important to note that while it does not eliminate all sound, secondary glazing helps decrease the level of noise entering your living space from outside, so you can enjoy peace and quiet more often.

Install soundproof curtains

Soundproof curtains will help block sound from coming through your windows. This is especially helpful if you live in an apartment complex or a city with lots of noise pollution and loud vehicles.

These curtains are lined with materials designed to absorb vibration and reduce noise so that it doesn’t come into your home. They also have insulation properties which can help maintain the temperature inside when used during colder months.

To choose the best soundproofing option for your home, it’s important to first identify what kind of noise you’re trying to block out. If you want a more economical option that will still do a pretty good job at keeping most sounds outside and inside quiet enough, go for soundproof curtains for example. But if you have high traffic or are looking for an even more effective solution against piercing noises like construction sites, we recommend investing in secondary glazing or triple glazing.