There are several reasons why one may want to have some part of their room or apartment soundproofed. If you live in a busy apartment buildling it may be wiser to have the walls soundproofed rather than the windows or to have the windows soundproofed in addition to soundproofing the walls. The reality of living in a community or amongst other people is that everyone has different tastes and opinions about what type of environment they like to live in. Not everyone has the same sensory perceptions and not all people can handle the same noise level. While some people find it relaxing to hear the busy bustling city streets rocking them to sleep at night it can mean nights of insomnia for a different type of person.
Soundproofing your windows can be for one of two reasons. You may be the type of person who enjoys listening to loud music late at night but your neighbors are the type that knock on your door, call you, or call the police to notify them and file a sound complaint. It is true that these neighbors usually do not want to be the ones to rain on your parade but many of them have work early in the morning and the music funneling out your windows is reaching their ears and keeping them up at night. For this reason it is a good idea to soundproof your windows. Soundproofing your windows will make it possible for you to listen to loud music and it will keep most of the noise from traveling out the windows.
Another reason why you may want to soundproof the windows has nothing to do with the noise you are creating in your room but the noise that is traveling into your room from the outer environment. If you are from a country but now living in a city you may be started by the sounds of city traffic and horns honking all through the night. The sounds of city traffic can be very unsettling to hear at night for those who are not used to it. Soundproofing the windows in a bed room or apartment can keep those bustling noises at bay and will muffle the intensity of the noise.
Soundproofing windows is really quite easy and it can really solve a multitude of problems. All that really needs to be done in order to soundproof the windows is to replace the existing single paine windows with double or tripple pane windows. The additional window panes will help to block out a good deal of the noise. Another window panel can even be added on the interior window pane.
In addition to these methods of blocking out the noise you can also block out some of the sound by using a sound plug or a mat that fits inside of the window that is made out of a soundproof material. These materials can be found at the hardware store and are very cheap and easy to install. All that needs to be done is to measure the dimensions of the window, purchase the soundproofing material, and then cut out the soundproofing material in the same dimensions as the window. The soundproof material can then be inserted between an exterior and interior window. The only problem with these materials is that they are usually not clear and will also block out the light.
The good thing about this type of soundproofing material is that it can be taken out during the day to allow the light to come through the windows and it can be inserted back into the window frame at night to block out the sound for some peaceful rest. It is a small price to pay to be able to use your room for sleeping again. City life has plenty of sights and sounds to offer but a soundproof mat board will keep these sights and sounds at bay until they are ready to be experienced during the day time.