Tips To Tackle Outside Noise

Tips to Tackle Outside Noise

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Unless you live in the countryside with your closest neighbors more than a mile, you may have nights where you don’t sleep soundly because of all of the sounds outside. Whether it is from dogs barking or street sounds, there are a variety of ways to decrease the sound and get a peaceful night of sleep.

If you are not searching for replacement windows, curtains that diminish sound can be a more affordable route. The right curtains can help drown out noise on a budget. With a host of ways to do it yourself, you can sleep soundly and save money at the same time. Many stores also sell curtains that help block out light and lessen the noises around you. You’ll learn to appreciate this in loud cities on nights where you are home not feeling well or trying to unwind.

Replacement windows may also be a good option. You might notice unexpected results that won’t require you to use headphones or ear plugs to go to sleep every night. Double or triple-paned windows with sound control glass* are good bets for noise control, with the added positive outcome of energy efficiency. If your windows aren’t double-paned, it is highly suggested to consider replacement windows. If replacement windows aren’t in your budget, start with a quick look at the caulk around your windows. Window maintenance could help reduce outdoor noises too.

It is also normal where the outdoors may not be your problem; many apartment buildings have bare, thin walls. If the bothersome sound is coming from inside of your building or home, taking measures to decrease the sound coming through the wall can be an aesthetically appealing solution on a budget. Just like curtains, there are ways to see results on a budget with many DIY opportunities. Whether you are thinking a pop of color or a simple backdrop, the sound reducing addition can also be used as a design element as well. Get creative and add a piece of your individuality into blocking sound. If you love reading, make a large book case and reduce sound by using your collection of novels.

For more ideas on how to handle unwanted noise, contact Pella Windows and Doors at 910-444-0729, or come to our Southern Pines showroom to speak with our Pella pros.

* Sound control glass has either dissimilar glass thickness (e.g. 3mm/5mm glass) or has laminated glass.