1 Soundproof windows:
In many ways, this is the simplest solution. All you need to do is remove the existing installations completely and fit in their place these specialised products, which are specifically designed to reduce the sound entering your home.
Typically, soundproof windows are constructed using several layers of glass, with gaps between them. They are one of the more expensive solutions but they are also extremely effective.
Soundproofed windows an in a wide range of styles, including sash windows, casement windows and French doors.
2 A window seal kit:
This fits like a second skin over the area of the existing window. It attaches to the surface of the window trim or between the jambs of the window.
This is an inexpensive option and the kits are easy to remove for the purpose of cleaning or maintenance.
3 A clear sound barrier:
Each barrier can be up to four feet wide. A clear vinyl panel is applied to the frame of the window using Velcro, with a second panel attached to the perimeter moulding.
This is also a more economical option, but it may not be appropriate for all styles of window.
4 A barrier blanket:
These blankets, manufactured specifically for this purpose, can be hung temporarily across a window and may be up to four feet wide.
They should be fixed to the perimeter moulding to ensure minimal sound gets through.
These blankets are easy to fit and take down but the obvious drawback is that, while they are in place, you lose the light from the window.
5 A window box:
Nobody is going to pretend that a box on your windowsill is going to prevent every last scrap of sound entering your home.
However, if you are on an upper floor and the noise that is disturbing you comes up from a lower level or the street, a window box can be a useful barrier to sound waves that would otherwise have an unhindered route to your living space.
6 Window plugs:
Composed of mats made out of soundproofing material, these are made to fit snugly in your window frames to make a soundproof seal.
Again, while this may be an efficient and cost-effective way of keeping sound out, it does mean you lose all the light from the window while they are in place.
As well as having an old-world aesthetic appeal, shutters are an effective answer to the problem of excessive external noise. Available in a host of materials and styles, they offer a more flexible solution – but clearly, there might be some impact on the amount of light you will enjoy within your home.
8 Secondary glazing:
The second layer of glass positioned inside the actual window. When it comes to soundproofing, the larger the gap the more effective the solution will be; ideally, the secondary window should be at least 50mm (two inches) inside the external one.
When closed, the secondary window should be airtight – and the heavier and thicker you can make the glass, the better.
9 Double glazing:
For many decades, before soundproofing techniques developed at the level they are at now, double glazing was the simplest answer to the problem of exterior noise.
Even though double glazing was invented to reduce heat loss from homes, the fact that the second layer of glass acts as a supplementary barrier to sound from outside the home became a considerable fringe benefit.
Double glazing remains an effective soundproofing solution, but it is also one of the more expensive answers to an eternal problem.