Two Ways to Soundproof Your Fence

If you live near a busy road or street, you may constantly be bombarded with noise pollution in the form of roadway noise. These are the sounds that come from the engines, wheels, and brakes of all of the vehicles that pass your home each and every day. A great way to reduce the amount of noise pollution you are being exposed to is by erecting some type of shield or a fence between you and the noise. Unfortunately, not every fence on the market has these qualities, but there are ways you can build a good looking fence and soundproof it as well. 

Choose the Right Fencing Materials

While you can find a wide range of attractive fencing materials that will provide you with both security and privacy for your home, they will do little to limit the amount of noise reaching your property. Sound actually needs a medium to travel through in order to be sound. Unfortunately, sound waves can travel through any medium including simply air. The line of sight rule when it comes to sound is that if you can see the source of the sound, you can normally hear the sound.

When you are installing a fence to reduce noise you want to choose materials that can be assembled in a way that they are going to be solid enough and thick enough to help block out, or reduce the amount of sound waves that are able to get through, which in turn cause your noise pollution. This means constructing your fencing from naturally thick materials such as stone, stucco, metal, brick, concrete, and other similar materials. 

These would all be good choices, but you could also use wood, or other types of dense materials that can be tightly constructed. This will help the sound waves from flowing through the spaces in your fencing materials. As a rule of thumb, if you are able to see the source of your noise, you are going to be able to hear the noise. To be effective, your fencing will need to block the line of sight to your noise. 

Sound can still travel over or under your wall, but if you build your fence so that the source of your noise is blocked, it will still be more effective than no fence at all. For example: If you were to build a low stone wall along the edge of your property, it would help to block the sound of the tires on the pavement, but it may not be as effective in blocking the sound of the wind the vehicles move when they are passing by.

Be aware that many communities and municipalities have ordinances that control how tall your fence can be. Always ensure that you check your local rules before you attempt to build one.

Add Vegetation To Your Fencing Line

If you already have a fence that is not doing as much soundproofing as you would like, consider adding a wall of vegetation to your fence line. When done right, it has been shown to greatly reduce the amount of noise that will reach your home.

To achieve this with a living barrier of trees or shrubs, you must plant them so close together that you will not be able to see through them or over them. Consider something that is going to be easy to grow and maintain such as evergreens. These will stay green and provide noise reduction all year around. Other choices may include:

  • Western Hemlocks
  • Western Red Cedar
  • Leyland Cypress
  • Alaska Cedar
  • Wax Myrtle
  • Juniper Berry
  • Holly as well as others

Consider combining both trees and shrubs. Start by planting your trees against your fence and planting a row of shrubs in front of your trees. In addition to providing a natural sound barrier, this will give your yard a beautiful green element you will also be able to enjoy.

Speak to local fencing contractors like All Counties Fence and Supply about your noisy situation. They will be glad to assist you in finding the perfect fencing solution to fix your problem.