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How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Grand Rapids

How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Grand Rapids

Your Grand Rapids home should be a nice escape from the daily grind. It’s hard to embrace that when you’re dealing with unwanted sound from the world outside of your home.

Maybe you can’t sleep in because your neighbor’s talkative dog is an early bird. Or maybe aggravating traffic sounds are bothering an afternoon spent reading.

All that exterior noise isn’t just aggravating. It’s detrimental to your well-being. From increasing stress levels to broken sleep schedules, extensive exposure to a lot of noise can have real health effects. And that’s not even acknowledging the damage it can do to your hearing.

What’s even worse than what harmful noise can do to your health? It’s a major prevalence in the normal lives of Americans. A study done in 2017 by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics learned that 97% of the U.S. population is exposed to harmful levels of noise.1

What Can I Do to Lessen Outdoor Noise in My House?

If you want to reduce the noise in your home, there are a variety of soundproofing solutions you can try on your own. From window treatments to creating a cover, here’s what you can do yourself to create a quieter environment.

  • Try New Interior Design.

    You can make a large difference without changing the foundation of your home. Try adding some heavy blackout curtains to decrease noise. A rug on wood floors can absorb sound waves and prevent echoing. Wall hangings—like art or tapestries—can make a difference too. And these items are uncomplicated to install. Read more from a design expert here.
  • Add Soundproof Curtains.

    If other measures just aren’t making a difference, you can try using more extreme soundproofing tools. Soundproof curtains can make a difference, but they’re heavy and can be difficult to use. You can also add a glass sound barrier to your home’s window with a soundproofing kit—but you need to make sure it’s a perfect fit to stop noise pollution. You can also block out the windows in your home with soundproof blankets or sound-blocking acoustic panels, but you will no longer have your windows for a view and sunlight.

What Can Pella Do to Help?

While there are some DIY answers that can help with noise cancellation, sometimes the smart investment is new windows. They’re a more long-term solution—and they’re a lot nicer to look at than your other options.

With the Pella® Lifestyle Series, multiple panes of glass make a barrier between your home and the noise around your home. And with performance options that reduce 52% more sound than single-pane windows, you’ll be able to relax better than ever before.2

Beyond its soundproofing ability, our windows offer another advantage in energy efficiency. While adding curtains or sealing gaps can also give you a hand in keeping energy costs down, very few solutions can match the Pella Lifestyle Series. In fact, the Pella Lifestyle Series has an option that is on average 83% more energy efficient than single-pane windows.3

If you’re tired of dealing with unwanted noise from outside your home, Pella of Grand Rapids can help. We’ll walk you through your window selections to reduce sound and help you find the solution that works for your home. Give us a call at 616-201-0206 or stop by our Pella Showroom.

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1 Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2017.
2Reduction in sound based on OITC ratings of Pella Lifestyle Series windows with respective performance package compared to a single-pane wood or vinyl window with an OITC of 19. Calculated by using the sound transmission loss values in the 80 to 4000 Hz range as measured in accordance with ASTM E-90(09). Actual results may vary.
3Window energy efficiency calculated in a computer simulation using RESFEN 6.0 default parameters for a 2000-square-foot new construction single-story home when Pella Lifestyle Series windows with the respective performance package are compared to a single-pane wood or vinyl window. The energy efficiency and actual savings will vary by location. The average window energy efficiency is based on a national average of 94 modeled cities across the country and weighting based on population. For more details see pella.com/methodology.

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