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