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Which Fences are the Best Sound Barrier for Traffic and Neighbor Noise

Which Fences are the Best Sound Barrier for Traffic and Neighbor Noise

Do you find yourself wanting a quiet backyard oasis amidst the noise of nearby traffic and neighbors? The answer might just be right in your backyard: a well-constructed fence designed to block and reduce unwanted noise. Let’s delve into the world of fences and their potential to transform your outdoor space into a peaceful retreat.

Materials Matter: Building a Sound Barrier

When it comes to mitigating noise, the principle is simple: mass reduces sound. Therefore, the choice of materials for your sound barrier fence is paramount. Thick, sturdy materials work best to block out unwanted noise effectively. Some are made of sound absorbing material and others are great at reflecting external noise.

Consider opting for fences made out of dense materials like Redwood that are beautiful and effective at deflecting and absorbing road noise. This is one of the most common fence materials that we find in backyards and is one of the most effective sound barrier fences when installed in certain overlapping picket styles. 

Many of our other customers consider vinyl with tongue and groove pickets that eliminate gaps in the fence panels to reduce noise. While the vinyl fence panels are constructed of hollow materials they works well to reduce noise levels and are low maintenance.

Some of our residential and commercial customers that are looking for the most durability elect to install Viewguard Privacy PLUS slats that are designed with additional wings on each slat that reduce small gaps in the chain link fence and reduce less desirable noises. 

These are a few excellent material options for you to choose from in trying to reduce the sound of traffic noise and noisy neighbors. Selecting the best style of each of these materials also will impact their effectiveness.

Some materials that we do NOT carry at Fantastic Fence is mass loaded vinyl or acoustic fence panels to absorb airborne noise. While we not carry any specialty soundproof fence, many of the traditional fence materials act as amazing sound barriers!

Fences that Block Noise – Picking the right style

There are a variety of style options that offer the highest level of sound proofing in each material type. 

Board-on-Board Redwood privacy fences stand out as excellent candidates for noise reduction due to their natural density and durability. With the overlapping pickets and no gaps that this style offers, you get the highest level of protection for wooden fences since it both absorbs. These beautiful sound barrier fences provide exceptional no-gap privacy.

PVC privacy fences are a great option if you are looking for a low-maintenance alternative to traditional wood fences. Utilizing a tongue-and-groove interlocking system, these PVC fences effectively dampen noise while requiring minimal upkeep, making them an attractive option for homeowners seeking peace without the hassle.

Chain link Privacy PLUS fences offer the highest level sound barrier chain link fence. With privacy slats that have wings that minimize any gaps, this fence style is a more durable sound barrier fence. The style of fence works as an effective sound barrier by deflecting sound waves.

Height Matters: The Height Advantage

In the battle against traffic and neighbor noise, height plays a crucial role. Taller fences prove more effective at blocking sound compared to their shorter counterparts. Before erecting a towering fence, it’s essential to consult local regulations to ensure compliance with fence height ordinances in your area.

By building a taller fence, you create a formidable barrier that prevents sound waves from easily traversing into your property, thus fostering a quieter and more tranquil environment for relaxation and enjoyment. While it is next to impossible to block all noise pollution, a bit of additional height helps reduce sound transmission into your yard.

Greenery and White Noise: Nature’s Assistants

Incorporating vegetation into your noise-reduction strategy can yield remarkable results. Thick foliage, such as strategically planted trees and shrubs, serves as natural sound absorbers, effectively dampening noise from neighboring streets and noisy neighbors. By strategically positioning greenery alongside your fence, you enhance its noise-blocking capabilities while enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space.

Additionally, Consider installing a water feature, such as a fountain or waterfall, to introduce calming white noise that masks disruptive sounds, fostering a serene ambiance within your outdoor sanctuary.

Crafting Your Peaceful Backyard Oasis

As you embark on your journey to create a tranquil outdoor retreat, remember that fences are not merely boundaries but also powerful tools for noise reduction. While we do not offer any ways to modify your existing fence to be a better noise barrier, we do have options if replacing the fence to a new and better one is an option! By carefully selecting the proper materials, selecting the right styles, maximizing height, and integrating vegetation, you can transform your outdoor space into a haven of peace and serenity.

Whether you opt for the timeless elegance of a red cedar fence or the modern convenience of PVC, the key lies in crafting a barrier that not only provides privacy but also shields you from the cacophony of urban life.

Ready to embark on your noise-reduction journey? Contact us today to explore the possibilities of specialty fences tailored to your unique needs and preferences. Let’s work together to create your ideal outdoor sanctuary, where tranquility reigns supreme.

For more insights and inspiration on all things fencing, stay tuned to our blog for future updates and expert tips. Your peaceful oasis awaits – let’s make it a reality.

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With expert guidance from Sacramento’s Fantastic Fence company, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your local fence experts will build your fence the right way! Contact Fantastic Fence Fence today to embark on the journey towards a quieter outdoor retreat. Contact Fantastic Fence at (916) 790-7100 or send us a message.