Explaining Acoustic Fence
What is acoustic fence?
An acoustic fence or noise barrier is any type of barrier that provide sound resistance from one side to the other. Many different types of products can be used to construct this type of fence, from wood to plastic to concrete. All that is required is that the density of the material meets the requirement, the specified height is reached, and the work is free of any voids and gaps.
Where is acoustic fence used?
Acoustic fences are used in varying applications. There are low grade residential uses to protect backyard spaces from excessive road or public noise. There are medium grade applications that protect residents from commercial or industry noise. And many heavy-duty applications protecting residents, and communities from busy highways producing sound.
Why and who requires an acoustic fence?
Acoustic fence requirements are set out by regulations and noise abatement studies. Hired professional engineers are engaged to provide studies of the local area decibel ratings and how they affect areas where the public exist. From there, specifications are outlined, designs are created, and a plan is produced that sets out the required heights, materials, and density required to achieve an allowable decibel rating.
Constructing you own acoustic fence…
Any home handyman that is capable of simple fence and deck projects around the house can create their own version of an acoustic fence if there is some outside neighbourhood noise become bothersome. Taking an existing fence (hopefully with 6×6 posts), or building new, an acoustic fence can be constructed using simple wood products. 1) Tongue and groove boards- replacing or building your fence with tongue and groove boards, the thicker the better, remove gaps and provide a seal that will block a lot of sound. 2) Overlapping wood boards- another option to construct your new acoustic fence panel with simple 1×6 fence boards placed tightly together and adding a second laying overlapping the next board by half.