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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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)

See more school case studies.

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