As it gets warmer and people emerge from their winter hibernation into the summer sun, noise always becomes an issue. This is especially true when it comes to backyard noise in residential neighborhoods.
The source of the noise can be cookouts, pool pumps, air conditioning units, young children, or number of other things.
Regardless of whether you’re the one making the noise or the one trying to enjoy some quiet time one yard over, we recommend a sound blocking fence. Also referred to as a soundproof fence, these sound barriers absorb noise and can also block it from transferring between properties.
Specifically, our most commonly used acoustical solution, and the most affordable product for residential sound blocking fences is our AudioSeal™ Exterior-Grade Acoustical Blankets. These products are sold by the individual blanket or roll in standard sizes, making retrofits to existing structures easy and cost-effective.
Please be sure to verify your structure will comply with local building codes, ordinances, or home owners association.
This particular person lived near Philadelphia and installed central air conditioning. Their neighbors complained to the city about the noise levels (notice how close the houses are) and she was told she couldn’t use her AC until she got the noise levels below the city ordinance. After discussions she decided to install a stockade fence and line it with AQFA-10 EXT sound absorbing blankets. She expedited the order since it was the week before memorial day. After installation of the AQFA-10 EXT material, the AC noise was well under the city ordinance noise limits. She stayed cool and comfortable all summer long!
The next story involves a bank next to a church. The bank installed a new AC system and it was too loud for the church. They weren’t required by law to do anything about the noise, but the business wanted to be a good neighbor. They installed ABBC-13 EXT blankets in the 2″ thick version (this model comes in 1″ or 2″ thicknesses, with an option for 2lb psf instead of 1lb for the 2″) on the side of the bank building and reduced the noise level to an acceptable level for the church.. Even though these panels aren’t supported by a fence, the acoustical treatment is just as effective. During the summer the church was able to open the windows without hearing a constant hum from the bank’s AC unit.
Both of these stories happen to be specifically about outdoor HVAC noise blocking, but this solution would work for any kind of outdoor noise. If the barrier will block the line of sight between you and noise source, it will block the sound as well.
AQFA-10 Exterior Absorber Blanket
The model AQFA-10 EXT Exterior Absorber Sound Blanket blanket is purely sound absorbing and consists of an exterior grade vinyl coated polyester on both sides of 2″ quilted fiberglass. These sound blankets are constructed with all edges bound and grommets across the top for easy hanging.
- STC: 19 Rating, NRC: .85*
- Standard Width 48”
- Roll Length 25’
ABBC-13EXT Exterior Barrier Blanket
The Audioseal Exterior Sound Blanket ABBC-13Ext blanket is both sound absorbing and blocking, which makes it something we call a “combination blanket”. It consists of a vinyl-coated-polyester-cloth facing encapsulating a 1″ quilted fiberglass that is bonded to a reinforced 1-lb per square foot mass loaded vinyl barrier. These sound attenuation blankets are constructed with environmentally sustainable fiberglass filling with grommets across the top and Velcro® along the vertical edges of the blankets.
- STC: 30-38 Rating, NRC: .65 – .75
- Standard Width 54”
- Roll Length 25’
- Available Facing Colors: Grey, Black,
PrivacyShield™ Outdoor Enclosures are a beautiful solution to lower sound levels from outdoor equipment.
PrivacyShield® Outdoor Enclosure
In situations where there is no existing fence in which to mount a blanket, a turn-key approach may be taken. The PrivacyShield™ Outdoor Enclosure is specifically designed to enclose residential machinery like pool pumps, HVAC heat pumps and generators. Available in a two sided or three sided enclosure with a 6′ height, these ship direct to you and are installed in a similar fashion as a fence.
- Reduces noise from outdoor heat pumps, generators, pool pumps and other outdoor equipment
- Selection of Standard sizes available
- NRC: 1.00 STC: 31
- Maintenance free, durable and long lasting
- Graffiti resistant
- Impervious to rain, snow, ice and sleet
- Will not rust, rot or stain
- Absorptive noise barrier and visual barrier
Let us know how we can help with your next project!