Block Your Backyard Noise With a Noise Reduction Fence

*We have updated our outdoor noise blocking products since this article was written. Please see our more recent post here!


As it gets warmer and people emerge from their winter hibernation into the summer sun noise always becomes an issue, especially when it comes to backyard noise in neighborhoods.

The source of the can be cookouts, pools, college students, young children, day care or a host of other things, and there is always two sides to the issue.  You’re either the person making the noise, which is your right in your own backyard, or the person seeking some peace and quiet, which is also your right in your own backyard.

No matter what side you reside on, we recommend a noise fence.  Also referred to as a soundproof fence, these sound barriers absorb noise and block it from transferring between properties.

Specifically, our most residential-looking and affordable product is the AcoustiWood noise fence.  This fence system is sold by the panel in three standard sizes, making retrofits to existing structures easy and cost-effective while still allowing for the panels themselves to act as the only barrier.

A variety of finishes can be applied to the AcoustiWood™ system, including “dog ear” fencing, stucco, vinyl, metals, and lattice.  The unique ability to integrate several finishes to the wall system makes the AcoustiWood™ system ideally suited for use in locations such as residential development and commercial areas, where design-specific regulations exist.

Features and Benefits:

  • Panels can be attached to existing fences or screen walls and finished in a number of ways, including “dog ear”, lattice, vinyl, metal, or stucco.
  • AcoustiWood™ reduces noise from commercial and residential HVAC equipment, chillers, pool pumps, industrial machinery, transformers, kennels, construction operations, and roadways. It can also be easily made into temporary barriers for either short or long term projects
  • Panels are lightweight: Unfinished panel weight starts as low as 3.25 lbs. psf.
  • The system’s low weight and easy installation lower costs, and the simple straight forward design allows for easy repair and replacement if needed.
  • Preliminary field test results show reductions of as much as 26 dBa with excellent results in the lower frequency range usually only found in high priced systems!  Panels can be reconfigured to meet higher or lower STC requirements.

22 Comments on “Block Your Backyard Noise With a Noise Reduction Fence”

  • myra alfreds June 2nd, 2011 2:00 am

    The back of my property is on a main road. I have been told there is a fault line that runs through the property that accentuates the traffic noise. There are trees at the back of the property, so visually it is fine. I don’t know if there is anything I can do that would alleviate the noise, but not destroy the look.
    I appreciate your ideas.

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  • Neil Wohl April 28th, 2012 2:34 am

    Request a price/panel (include dimensions). I have a 6′shadow box wood fence.

  • admin May 1st, 2012 8:49 am

    Hi Neil,
    AcoustiWood fences run about $14 per square foot, ballpark. So if you have a 6′ long by 8′ high section, that would be around $672. If you would like an official quote, or would like to discuss your noise issue and treatment options further, please give us a call at 1-800-782-5742. We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Kelly Henry July 19th, 2012 1:32 pm

    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

  • admin July 19th, 2012 3:11 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    There are a few things you could do to quiet outdoor equipment like a pool pump and A/C units. You could use a sound blocking wall and create a barrier around the equipment, or you can construct a custom enclosure from exterior grade acoustical blankets.

    We used a barrier made from our Acoustiwood fence system to reduce noise from our A/C unit here at the office, you can see photos of that here:

    You can check out our blanket enclosures here:

    For a quote, please call Jack Kay, our environmental sales engineer and outdoor noise specialist, at 804-346-8350 ext. 31
    He will be able to make more specific recommendations based on your noise issue and budget.

  • Melissa May 26th, 2013 12:10 pm


    I have a neighbor who has a small radio with a sub-woofer on it. You cannot hear the music, but you do hear the pounding even when it is turned down. They used to play it real loud, but some of us neighbors complained. I don’t think it would be too bad if their yard and ours were configured differently. She has enclosed most of her yard with buildings and ours has a shed and garage on that side. The noise bounces all over the place and pounds inside our house. My husband works nights and sleeps part of the day. The problem with trying to sound proof is our yards are huge. We have an acre and hers is a half acre. How much would it cost to do the one side and could we get away with only soundproofing half of that side? Or, would that work?


  • admin May 29th, 2013 2:26 pm

    Hi Melissa,

    We no longer offer the AcoustiWood Fence System, but our AcoustiCrete Wall would help mitigate some of the noise from your neighbor. Check it out here and give us a call at 800 782 5742 if you have any questions:

  • Pär Östling December 3rd, 2013 6:34 pm

    Want to know everthing about you nose reduction fences!

  • admin December 5th, 2013 5:37 pm

    Hi Pär,

    I’ve passed along your inquiry to our Architectural Sales department and they should be reaching out to you. If you’d like to contact them sooner, call us at 800 782 5742 or email

    Thanks for your interest!

  • Tanya April 23rd, 2014 4:30 pm

    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?

  • admin April 24th, 2014 4:00 pm

    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!

  • henry parkhill April 30th, 2014 10:01 am

    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.

  • admin May 6th, 2014 11:22 am

    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

  • WILLIAM MOORE May 26th, 2014 6:51 pm

    how high should fence be?

  • admin May 27th, 2014 7:15 am

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

  • Ho Young July 3rd, 2014 12:33 am

    Could you inform us your distributor or branch office in Australia.
    We need to install noise block fence.

  • admin July 3rd, 2014 2:46 pm

    Hi Ho,
    We don’t have an office or distributor in Australia. We would sell directly to you if you wanted to place an order. Please email us at or give us a call at (1) 804 346 8350 if you have any questions!

  • Lil Lalumandier August 9th, 2014 1:38 pm

    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.

  • admin August 11th, 2014 8:44 am

    HI Lil,

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

  • Frank August 31st, 2014 4:51 pm

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

  • admin September 2nd, 2014 4:09 pm

    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:

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