Shutter Guides 20.04.18

Do window shutters reduce noise?

Every house comes with its small annoyances. From bath tubs that are just a little bit too small, to cold draughts running through each room, to bedrooms with a distinct lack of storage space. But one problem that many homeowners encounter – especially those who live in busy cities – is loud noise coming from outside their home. Those with houses on or near a main road will know all too well the irritating sound of passing cars that runs all through the night. Likewise, people who live in commercial centres and shopping districts may have to deal with the commotion of passing shoppers in the day and noisy revellers through the night.

How should you go about eliminating this source of annoyance? If you haven’t already, upgrading your window panes to double or triple glazing has the benefit of reducing noisiness as well as insulating your home better. But loud noise isn’t just a symptom of thinner windows – there are many solutions offered up by the world of window coverings too. Unfortunately, curtains and blinds are not the best for blocking out noises from outside as they are often too light-weight and loose-fitting to form an adequate barrier. As a result of these problems, customers often come to Diamond Shutters seeking a better solution to their noise issues, asking us the fundamental question: do window shutters reduce noise?

In this post, we’ll be answering this question with a resounding “yes” by outlining exactly how window shutters reduce noise in the home and exploring some other benefits too.

Say no to noise

By installing window shutters in your home you can expect to experience less noise coming in, especially if you fit them to your street-level windows. No more noisy neighbours, passing traffic, or loud music will be invading your space and compromising your peace and quiet. Indeed, shutters are known to have great soundproofing qualities. With thick and durable louvers, materials that reflect and absorb noise, and frames that form a tight seal against your window, shutters will significantly reduce the overall noise levels in your home.

Compare this to other window coverings such as curtains and blinds. Blinds are lightweight, often made up of thin and flimsy materials that are incapable of blocking out as much noise. Curtains may be slightly thicker, but they leave large gaps on all sides of your window frame, thus allowing unwanted noises to pass through. A quality pair of window shutters, however, leaves much less room for noise to seep into your home. And they’re incredibly versatile too: adjustable louvers allow you to let in a small amount of light or air without introducing unwanted noises into your home and ruining your sense of serenity. It truly is the best of both!

Which shutters are best for reducing noise?

So which window shutters should you buy if your main priority is to eliminate unwanted noises? Ultimately, since all shutters are made from thick materials and can be fully sealed by louvers, each type will help reduce noise to some extent. Nevertheless, there are some styles which are perhaps better suited to houses surrounded by irritating noises. Consider using solid shutters, which are comprised of solid wooden panels and leave no room for noise to enter your home. Historically, these shutters were used in Victorian homes specifically to block out outside noise, as well as to deter burglars and insulate the home in times when window panes were thinner. Those looking for window shutters that block out noise while offering more flexibility might prefer full height shutters, which allows more control over light and privacy with the addition of louvers.

The only window shutters that we would not recommend for homes with noise problems are café style shutters. These shutters leave the top of your windows exposed so that you can enjoy good lighting and privacy at the same time, although this may have the unfortunate side effect of letting in more noise than desired. But there is an alternative for those who want a similar style: tier on tier shutters incorporate two separate shutters on top of one another in a single frame, allowing you to open up one half while keeping the other closed. Just like café style shutters, they give you the flexibility to control light and privacy, only with the added option to close the upper half of your shutters when it gets too noisy outside.

For more information and guidance regarding window shutters, please feel free to get in touch with the Diamond Shutters team and we’d be delighted to help.