Reduce Outdoor Noise with a Sound Blocking Fence

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.

Case Studies:
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!

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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.

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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.

The model AQFA-10EXT 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.

Features and Benefits:

  • STC 19 Rating, NRC .85*
  • Standard Width 48”
  • Roll Length 25’

The 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.

Features and Benefits:

  • STC 30-38 Rating, NRC .65 – .75*
  • Standard Width 54”
  • Roll Length 25’
  • Available Facing Colors Grey, Black,
    Tan or Olive Drab

*Learn what STC and NRC mean for sound blocking walls here.

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AcoustiArt Printed Acoustical Panels for a Home Office

Our Architectural Rep Ryan Colton recently helped a customer create this collage of AcoustiArt Printed Acoustical Panels for his home office. The panels lower sound intensity in the space and look great. What do you think? Leave your comments below!

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Featured Case Study

Acoustical Wall Panels and Ceiling Clouds for The Spirit of the Mountain Band at Liberty University

The Liberty University Band was upgrading and moving to a new rehearsal room when they called Acoustical Solutions.

Together, the two came up with a plan to install acoustic panels and hanging acoustic ceiling tiles to compliment the sound diffusion that had already been planned.

In the end, the noise control solutions that were put into place greatly improved the band room acoustics in the new facility. Read More

Soundproofing a Cafeteria: Bellevue Lowers the Noise

Cafeteria Noise

The cafeteria at Bellevue Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia had a huge problem – the large basement space was all brick and concrete parallel surfaces, with little to absorb the chatter of students and clattering of lunch trays. Noise was such an issue that it caused stress for students and staff, and sound even traveled down hallways disrupting lessons in nearby classrooms. Knowing little about soundproofing a cafeteria, the faculty was at a loss. They tried to mitigate the problem by rotating students through the space so the fewest number of children were eating at a time. When this didn’t work, the PTA pooled their resources to find a solution for their students.

The President of the Bellevue Elementary PTA, Christina Mastroianni, spoke with friends in architecture and interior design who told her she needed more sound dampening or absorbing materials. Christina then posted in a community blog asking if anyone knew where she could get acoustical panels without emptying the PTA’s budget.

Acoustical Solutions responded. Bellevue Elementary is located less than 10 miles away from ASI headquarters, so owner Michael Binns and GM David Ingersoll made a visit to look at the space themselves.

“It’s one of the loudest cafeterias we’ve experienced,” said Ingersoll, “and we’ve worked with a lot of them”.

The team at ASI recommended and delivered the acoustical materials and installation hardware needed to lower noise in the space, and PTA members, community residents, and volunteers from HandsOn Greater Richmond came together on Martin Luther King Day to install the treatment. The results are quite noticeable, thrilling staff who normally monitor the cafeteria during hectic meals.

“It’s more than we hoped for,” said Mastroianni, “it’s a dream come true!”

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 Materials used:

AlphaSorb™ Fabric Wrapped Wall Panels

EcoSorpt™ Recycled Cotton Panels (ceiling)

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Multi-Purpose Center uses AlphaSorb Acoustical Panels

The city of Forest Hill in Texas was brimming with excitement last year as a local building was renovated into a much needed multi-purpose and convention center for the community.

“This project has been a long time in the making,” said Mayor Gerald Joubert, “And I believe this center will truly put Forest Hill on the map”.

The two-story, 33,000 square foot building includes many large classrooms, an indoor basketball court/soccer area and more than five acres of land. The facility would also be rented out for meetings, conferences, and conventions.

As work was being wrapped up, however, it was clear that the auditorium would not suit the citizens’ needs.

“We couldn’t hear people on the stage when we were in the back of the room. Sound was bouncing all over the place,” says Venus Wehle, President of Forest Hill’s Community Development Corporation.

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Acoustical Solutions DFW rep Kregg Hill recommended sound absorbing AlphaSorb™ Fabric Wrapped Acoustical Panels to be installed along the upper edges of all walls, addressing the problem area in the large, open room. 

We’ve only had a few small events, but we definitely think it’s helped,” says Wehle, “we have a few large events coming up that should have upwards of 500 people, so we are excited to hear the improvement”.


Kregg Hill

Outside Architectural Sales

(972) 800-2598

Office DIY: Acoustical Partition

Bryan S. recently contacted Acoustical Solutions for help with a noise issue in his office control room. His shared workspace in Florida didn’t allow for much privacy, and sound traveled so easily that it was difficult for more than one person to be on the phone at a time. Adding to the problem were bare walls and ceilings, built parallel to one another – a formula for reverberation. The reverb amplified sounds and caused distractions for Bryan and his coworkers.

ASI Sales Rep Mark Brock recommended AlphaSorb™ Acoustical Panels for sound absorption to lower noise intensity in the space, but since there were no cubicle partitions in place, privacy would still be an issue. Bryan then came up with an idea – why not create cubicle-like partitions with the acoustical treatment? 

Mark rose to the challenge. Creating these partitions with AlphaSorb™ Panels would not only decrease the sound level overall in the room, but would increase privacy by creating a visual barrier that absorbed sound made in each employee’s area before they could disturb other workers.

Mark put in Bryan’s custom order for double-wrapped AlphaSorb™ panels, and Bryan did his own mounting to make partitions between the desks. The panels were double-wrapped for a more finished look from all angles.

After the project was completed, Bryan sent Mark the following message:


Everything is installed and we couldn’t be happier. I will be sending another request for additional pieces. Thank you for all of your help.

I have attached some pictures to show you how we installed them, this worked very well and is very stable.

 Bryan S.”

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Mark Brock

Architectural Sales Rep

800 782 5742 ext. 36