Acoustic fence reduces noise. It is a type of soundproof fencing method used by many industries to reduce unwanted environmental and external noise pollution.
Acoustic fencing systems provide reduced noise levels for residential, commercial, industrial, railway and highway applications. They can be used to reduce noise levels by as much as 30 decibels* while maintaining an attractive and ‘natural’ façade.
Versatility & Benefits
In the modern age, our cities never sleep. Both our towns and cities are becoming more densely populated than ever as housing developments and other projects are being built nearer main roads. The environmental noise can be a nuisance, it affects our hearing, wellbeing and experiences being at home. In recent years finding ways to reduce noise has become a much needed amenity. Acoustic fencing is now a popular item and something we are proud to be able to deliver to you.
It’s not just local authority planners and commercial project managers that are ordering more acoustic fencing, but also residential developers and homeowners who are keen to use fencing to reduce noise.
For local authorities, noise barriers can mitigate the noise produced by new or existing roads. For commercial project planners, they help to ensure that retailers can operate 24/7 without disturbing people who live in close proximity to stores and facilities.
For residential developers and homeowners, noise barriers can help improve quality of life by minimising noise from surrounding properties or commercial premises, as well as increasing the value of their homes.
A soundproofed fence should be constructed as high as possible for best results and this is usually at least 8ft (2.4m). Lower fences will still reduce noise nuisance from the other side, just not as efficiently.
The acoustic barrier should be flush to or dug into the ground to minimise gaps which sound can travel through. Boards should interlock to eliminate gaps, so noise reflects away from the surface or is absorbed.
Noise reflects off the flat plane or absorbs into a fibrous layer, causing sound waves to bounce off and travel in different directions or being diffused. If the fence is too low in comparison to the noise source, then sound waves will simply travel over the fence. We also advise, the fence should be installed as close to the noise source as possible.
Acoustic fences can be costly and the decision-making process is likely to be lengthy, from awareness of the noise disruption, to research into the different solutions. The product you choose should be seen as a long-term investment; this means it should be free from rot and not fall into disrepair years down the line.
Timber is a living product and given enough time it will degrade. To get the best possible life span from the product it is recommend that the timber is treated every 2 – 3 years. This is best undertaken with a solvent based treatment during the summer months, so that it can soak into the dry wood.