Aren’t Curtains Cheaper? You are probably thinking that soundproof windows are going to be expensive and it might be much more cost effective just to buy some lined, heavy-duty curtains. After all, you already have windows. So all you really need is something to block out the noise, right? Not necessarily. In most cases, soundproofing windows will be your best solution. But soundproof curtains do have a role.
The Real Costs:From a budget perspective soundproofing curtains may be cheaper initially but over the long haul they’ll actually end up costing you more money. Better quality soundproof curtains may even cost more than soundproofing windows. Curtains need to be replaced every few years as they become worn and faded. Decorating trends come and go and each time you paint the room or get new furniture you’ll have to change the curtains, too, to match the décor. And keep in mind that curtains aren’t going to provide nearly as much noise control as windows.
Energy Considerations: Soundproof windows are usually made of double-pane glass to help block the noise. As a side benefit, that air space between the panes helps prevent heat loss in the winter and will help keep your home cooler in the summer. So while you might have to initially spend a few more dollars for soundproofing windows, you will definitely end up saving money on your energy bills all year round.
Increasing Your Home Value: People are becoming more and more aware of soundproof window treatments and automated curtain they add value to your home. On the other hand curtains are a personal choice and usually add little to the resale price of a home.
Increased Security: Double-pane windows are typically include at least one pane of toughened or thicker glass which adds extra security. They also stand up to strong storms and definitely act as a deterrent to thieves. Contact your insurance company and you may even qualify for a discount on your insurance policy for installing more secure windows.
The Effectiveness of the Soundproofing: Of course the main reason you want soundproofing windows is because they’re much better at blocking outside noises than ordinary curtains or windows. Properly designed soundproofing windows can block up to 95% of outside noise. Traffic, barking dogs, even your neighbor’s teenager blasting his music at 2 am can be things of the past when it comes to a good nights sleep. It’s a two way street because soundproof windows will also stop your teenager’s loud music from bothering the neighbors.
So while soundproof curtains might seem initially like a more economical solution, as a homeowner you need to take a look at the bigger picture and the level of soundproofing you require. No doubt there will be added construction costs and the costs of the windows if you take the soundproof window approach but in most cases soundproof window treatments can be installed right over your existing windows and often the cost difference, when compared to proper soundproof curtains, is minimal.
Soundproof Curtains Do Have a Place: There are a wide variety of curtains available that block or absorb sound. Choose the right type and you could be sleeping like a baby. Choose wrong type and you’ve just wasted your money.