Blocking noise from outside

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I live on a busy street, what can I use on my windows to block the noise?
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  • Irish53 Irish53 on Jan 25, 2015
    double paned windows should block most noise
  • K Jones K Jones on Jan 25, 2015
    They haven't helped much for me. I can hear everyone driving by and the neighbors baying hound dog can drown out the tv.
  • Linda Linda on Jan 25, 2015
    Thick lined curtains. Sheers with LOTS of gathering will help muffle and diffuse the noise. Also, if you can get a sound machine put it between you and the window, it will block the ambient noise more in that position than anywhere else. As for the bedrooms, I use sound suppressing foam strapped to my windows and then insulated curtains and light blocking blinds (I work at night). But be aware that if there are a lot of buildings around you the sound will ricochet off them and you will hear the noise from everywhere. It will be worse at night and on drizzly days because the inversion will be lower.
  • Nancy Jenkins Nancy Jenkins on Jan 25, 2015
    I use insulation strips and I put locks on windows, 1/2 moon type. Stops the rattle and some vibrations from what I have go by my place, vehicles and and freight trains anytime of day/night. I feel I am earthquake zone when some freight trains go by.
  • Jme902096 Jme902096 on Jan 25, 2015
    Double vitrage. Plus isolation phonique avec rupture des ponts phoniques: Placoplatres ou pose de carreaux de platre en doublage des murs. Pose de double-rideaux assez lourds. Dernière solution : déménager pour une rue plus calme. Translation: Double glazing. More sound insulation with rupture of sound bridges : drywall or plaster laying tiles lining the walls.Poses quite heavy double curtains.Last solution : move to a quieter street.
  • Marie Cole Marie Cole on Jan 25, 2015
    I had an extremely nosy neighbor last year who felt she could look into my large picture window from tell street anytime she wanted. Since the police couldn't do anything and I didn't want to draw my curtains and live in a cave (i love the light), I decided to have professionals come and put reflective film on the window. Now all she sees is herself...she stopped. Anyway, I didn't get the highest reflective I could have as that would have darken my room too much but the benefit was the difference it made in lowering the street sound. Couple that with my thermal curtains at night and the noise has been cut a lot! I would recommend looking into it. As others have said double curtains (one full set behind the other on their own rods) helps but then your light and view is cut off.
  • Renata Renata on Jan 25, 2015
    1. You can put up some kind of fence either wood or cement block If allowed 2. MOVE...lol
  • Kelly S Kelly S on Jan 26, 2015
    We have window quilts that I purchased from plowandhearth.com. They were pricey, $99 a panel, but well worth the investment. An alternative would be to purchase quilts or heavy bedspreads from a thrift store and modify them to fit on curtain rods.
  • Rene Rene on Jan 26, 2015
    I installed a bubbling water feature just outside our bedroom. We are two houses from a major highway and it really drowns out the street noise. It even helps when our rowdy neighbors pull an all-nighter.
  • Kathy Macejak Kathy Macejak on Jan 31, 2015
    ALL YOUR ANSWERS ARE GREAT ...I HAVE FILM ON THE WINDOWS AND THICK DRAPES....I WAS THINKING LATTICES ON THE OUT SIDE ANY THOUGHTS
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