How to minimize road noise I hear in my home

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Road noise can be frustrating and the cause of many sleepless nights if you live near a street with high traffic. Fortunately there are solutions for your home and yard that can reduce and mask some of the noise and help you get some rest. Window solutions, fencing and landscaping can all play a role in making your home a peaceful and quiet place.

  • Buy soundproof windows for your home. Most noise that comes from outside the home enters through the doors and windows, according to Randy Brown, Contributing Soundproofing Expert to Soundproofing.com. A soundproof window is a second window that sits behind your existing window, and opens and closes just the same.

  • Landscape. Trees, shrubs and vines can help reduce the amount of road noise that seeps into your home. Thick shrubs and climbing vines aid in sound absorption. Plant evergreen trees with large, full branches that will offer year-round protection.

  • Add soundproof fencing. Many building supply stores sell do-it-yourself products. If you have road noise coming from one specific side of your yard, it may only be necessary to fence that side. The more external buffers you can establish, the less noise makes it into your home.

  • Add a water feature to your yard. While it may serve only as a mask rather than a shield, a water feature can replace noise with tranquility. When adding the water feature, play around with the landing platform of the water by using rocks, wood or greenery to pad the fall until you find the sound that best masks the noise you are hearing from the road. If water falling onto a ceramic dish sounds too high, soften the noise by having it first trickle over a plant.

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