The Best Ways to Soundproof Your New York City Windows

Dennis Rooney

Have you ever been jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a late-night party and wished that outside noises would stay...outside?

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Sound sneaks into your home through cracks, gaps, and through your windows and can result in restless nights. Windows, in particular bigger, older windows, can be a big contributor source of sound entering your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can significantly limit unwanted noise.

These are a few things that New York City residents can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from coming in from outdoors.

Add weatherstripping or caulk to the window frame

Adding caulk or weatherstripping is an inexpensive “do it yourself” solution to soundproof your windows. Because sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any cracks or openings by your windows will help reduce sound. You can add foam tape to the top or bottom of your window sashes. For a side-sliding door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any openings to stop airflow.

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One drawback of this DIY solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it clash with your room’s style.

Add sturdier window treatments like plantation shutters

Adding dense material like New York City’s best plantation shutters can help soundproof your windows immensely.

Plantation shutters are an eye-pleasing way to reduce the sound entering your home while also making your home greener. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out noise as well as heat and cold.


Polywood plantation shutters are durable, meaning they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They are more affordable than installing new windows, and after they’re put in become a permanent piece of your house, which can up your home’s sale value on the market.

Use a sound-proofing plug

If you have a lot of loud constant noise like construction noises you can use a sound-proofing plug. This do it yourself option is a straight piece of foam that you wedge in your window. As the foam blocks light (and can look unattractive), people use sound plugs at night or in rooms that don’t get much traffic.

Replace or install extra windows

If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as unwanted outside sounds, it could be time to consider new windows. If you don’t have the budget to replace all your windows, you can add exterior storm windows or an additional window pane to problematic windows. The downside is that installing new windows or adding extra panes can still be a less affordable option.

Noise-proof your home today

Are you ready for a good night’s sleep, and do you want to finally be rid of your noise problem? Then give us a call at 631-246-3930 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. We’ll go through all your window covering options in New York City and put an end to your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is practical.