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Block Your Backyard Noise With a Noise Reduction Fence

Exterior noise and sound can be quite irritating, whether in a residential or commercial area.  Noise sources can come from neighboring homes, traffic noise, pool pumps, HVAC equipment, and nearby commercial spaces. If the sound cannot be completely isolated within an enclosure,  a sound barrier can be inserted into the direct path of the sound. This may not completely block the sound but will disrupt the direct path of the sound into the open area. In some cases, you may wish to contact a local acoustical consultant for a site survey.

Building a DIY Sound Blocking Fence with AudioSeal® Sound Blankets

If there is an existing wooden or chain link fence, exterior grade absorber-barrier blankets can be installed. The combination sound blankets have a barrier backing and an absorptive face to provide sound absorption as well block sound. These blankets can be custom manufactured to fit the requirements of the specific application. Blankets are typically manufactured with an exterior grade covering with grommets at the top and bottom for mounting and mating Velcro on the vertical edges to provide a sound seal. They may also be used to surround equipment such as pool pumps or HVAC units.

Please be sure to verify your structure will comply with local building codes, ordinances, or home owners association.

AudioSeal® Exterior Sound Blankets (ABBC-13EXT Sound absorption with a barrier layer) installed over an existing fence:
Block Your Backyard Noise With a Noise Reduction Fence
AudioSeal® Exterior Sound Blankets (AQFA-10EXT sound absorption only) in use for HVAC enclosure:
Reduce Outdoor Noise with a Sound Blocking Fence

See more on exterior HVAC.

Building a DIY Sound Blocking Fence with AudioSeal® Sound Barrier

As an alternative to the exterior sound blankets, the AudioSeal® Sound Barrier can be inserted between two layers of fencing to provide a sound barrier with a more elegant aesthetic.

You can mount AudioSeal® Sound Barrier to the existing wood fence every 12” or so as needed starting across top edge and working down. Screw planking tight per illustrations below.

Block Your Backyard Noise With a Noise Reduction Fence

Typical Configuration: Planks / Barrier  / Posts + Horizontal Studs / Planks

Block Your Backyard Noise With a Noise Reduction Fence
AudioSeal® Barrier on Fence:
Block Your Backyard Noise With a Noise Reduction Fence
Completed composite fence structure:
Block Your Backyard Noise With a Noise Reduction Fence
Kevin McIver | Acoustical Solutions

Kevin McIver

Acoustical Sales Consultant

800.782.5742 Ext. 119

Direct: 804.349.0049

Message Kevin

When the neighbor erected a wooden fence between their house and ours, it reflected highway noise into our yard. What we need is a way to reduce reflection, simply blocking the sound only helps the neighbor, not us. I want to spend time in the yard though, so we don’t want something ugly to look at. Do you have any products that might help?

Hi Sandra,
We have several options that may work for you. Our AQFA-EXT Exterior Absorber Sound Blankets would do the job nicely. Another option would be our Cypress Acoustic Panels. Another option would be our Polysorpt panels.

These are all excellent long term treatments to reduce reflected noise in an outdoor application with different aesthetics and price points. If you would like a quote, let me know the length and height of the fence you want to treat and include your full contact info with address and phone number and I’ll send you the cost for the materials.

My AC unit sits outside my bedroom stucco wall. I want to reduce the noise of the unit in my bedroom

Hi Frank, One of our combination blankets attached along the wall behind the unit and a few yards beyond, with the absorptive side toward the unit will help lessen sound transmission.

I would like to know the cost per sq. ft or linear foot for a road noise reduction blanket that would work on a wooden 8 ft fence.

225 955-4874. I am ready to buy now so please give me a call. I am trying your no. on Saturday.

HI Lil,

Your request has been passed on to our Architectural Sales Department – you should be hearing from us soon!

how high should fence be?

Hi William,
The fence should block the noise source visually. Beyond that, as high as local codes or aesthetic preference allows.

Hi Henry,

The best product for this would be our EXT Sound Combination Blankets. You can read about this product here:

Please give us a call if you’d like a price quoted for your fence, or if you have additional questions: 800 782 5742

I live on a busy rd. I have a privacy fence approx. 120′ long 6’high I would like information to reinforce with a sound deadening product that will not cost a fortune any information that will help thank you.

I my property backs up to an elementary school. I would like to block the noise of the school and the road in front of the school. I am on a lot that is 45′ wide. I have a 6′ high fence, that might be elevated to 8′. How much would it cost to dampen the noise, so I can have a peaceful retreat?

Hi Tanya, our sound combination blankets would be a great solution for you. Just keep in mind that if the fence doesn’t block your view of the noise source, it won’t block to sound, so it is probably a good idea to elevate it to 8′ like you stated. To get a quote for the materials, we need more information. Please give us a call at 800 782 5742 and speak with one of our architectural reps, they would love to help you out!

I’m looking to cover up 2 separate areas, one is 9′ wide to cover pool equipment and the other is a 4’x6′ area (2 panels)to cover noisey AC units. What solutions do you offer and can you provide a quote.

Thank you!

Kelly Henry

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