Soundproof Windows Yourself
How do you do soundproof windows yourself? Assuming you aren't opting for full replacement windows, there are some do it yourself options, including soundproof curtains, inserts and plugs.
When it comes to doing soundproofing windows yourself, many homeowners could certainly install noise reduction inserts from Indow windows. Instead of a hard, unflexible frame, these use a compression tubing on the outside that form fits to any opening. They get the exact measurements by laser shooting each opening and then custom making the inserts for that particular sized opening. Once the insert is placed snugly into the opening, it is virtually unnoticeable as an insert - it looks like its part of the window unit.
Soundproofing curtains are certainly a soundproof windows do it yourself project. With soundproof curtains, the interior and exterior panels of the curtains are made from a microfiber, suede, quilted fiberglass, velour or a velvet material. In between these two panels is an interior layer of mass loaded vinyl sheeting that acts as the main noise dampener to reduce sound from entering. Typically, these acoustic curtains can achieve an STC rating of anywhere between 25 and 34. By way of comparison, a single pane window typically has an STC rating of around 25 to 30. So the curtains work in conjunction with your existing windows to create an additional noise barrier.
Foam plugs are certainly a candidate for doing soundproof windows yourself - These are removable 2" foam plugs that are inserted into the window frame, fitting nice and snug into the opening. Once inserted, the foam plug blocks quite a bit of the exterior noise and sound from entering through the window frame. Foam plugs are a temporary solution that are ideal for a small number of situations, but not such a great long term solution for most homeowners compared to inserts or full replacement windows.
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