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How to Soundproof a Window
Many people have problems with noise outside of their homes. You might have noisy neighbors, construction
projects nearby, a busy street or many other sources of noise that are out of your control. With today's technology,
replacing your windows with newer windows can make a big difference. But what if you can't afford to replace the
windows? True soundproofing is exceedingly difficult, but there are many simple things that you can try to help
deaden sound through your windows.

One of the ways sound can travel into your home is through holes and cracks. Check the frame around your
windows from both the inside and the outside to make sure that there are no gaps between the frames and walls. If
you see any, filling the gaps with caulk will not only reduce noise, but will prevent drafts and similar problems. You
can also try removing the caulk and replacing it with acoustical caulk, which has properties that deaden sound and
works just like regular caulk. Different kinds of caulk, both regular and acoustical, are designed for different
materials, so be sure that the caulk is suitable for window frames before purchase.

Soundproof Curtains
Soundproof or acoustical curtains look essentially like ordinary curtains, but contain materials either inside the
curtain or as a lining that have soundproofing qualities, such as mass-loaded vinyl or MLV. Replacing your regular
curtains with soundproofing curtains is a quick and easy solution; however, these curtains are very heavy and will
require special mounting hardware. Regular curtains also have some soundproofing qualities, as the fabric absorbs
and deadens sound, so you may be satisfied with the effect of hanging an ordinary heavy curtain. However, it is the
mass of a soundproofing curtain that causes the soundproofing effect, so a regular curtain is never going to be as
effective. Pleats or an accordion effect in a curtain improves the soundproofing qualities, and taping the outer edges
of a curtain to the wall also provides a noticeable improvement.

Soundproof Windows
Soundproof windows, made with double- or triple-pane structures, are designed to have inherently good
soundproofing qualities. The downside is the work involved; you'll need to replace your current windows with new
soundproof windows. There is a simpler alternative, however. Some companies produce an insert which fits in the
window frame from the inside. The insert helps block sound, but does not require you to replace your window and
does not interfere with your ability to see through the window. You may need to replace any current blinds or
similar items, however, since they may no longer fit properly with the insert installed. Getting an exact fit is essential
with this option, as gaps allow sound to travel in.

Window plugs are simple to make. You need a 2-inch-thick foam acoustical mat. Cut the mat to just slightly larger
than the size of your window frame and insert it into the frame. If the fit is good, the mat will stay in the window
frame on its own. It's best if you don't place the plug directly against the glass, as the air between the plug and the
glass improves the sound deadening. The problem with plugs is that they block the windows and are opaque.
However, they are removable. Plugs are a particularly good choice for soundproofing bedrooms. The plug not only
makes it quieter inside your bedroom, but will block out light and improve the insulating qualities of the room.

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