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Tips to Tackle Outside Noise

Unless you live in the countryside with your closest neighbors more than a mile, you might have nights where you don’t sleep the greatest because of all of the outside noise. Whether it is from dogs barking or street gatherings, there are many ways to dilute the sound and get a better night of sleep.

If you are not looking in to replacement windows, curtains that muffle sound may be a cheaper option. The correct curtains can help decrease noise on a budget. With many ways to do it yourself, you can sleep well and save money at the same time. Most stores also carry curtains that help block out light and lessen the noises around you. You can appreciate this in loud cities on nights where you are home sick or trying to unwind.

Replacement windows could also be a good choice. You may see unexpected results that won’t require you to use headphones or ear plugs to get some rest every night. Double or triple-paned windows with sound control glass* are good choices 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 checkup on the caulk around your windows. Window maintenance may help reduce outdoor noises too.

It is also common where the outdoors may not be your concern; many apartment buildings have bare, thin walls. If the bothersome sound is coming from inside of your building or home, taking steps to decrease the sound coming through the wall can be an aesthetically appealing solution on a budget. Just like curtains, there are ways to get results on a budget with many DIY options. Whether you desire 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 decrease sound by using your collection of novels.

For more ideas on how to handle unwanted noise, contact Pella Windows and Doors at 781-826-8005, or come to our Hingham showroom to talk with our Pella pros.

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