Everyone looks for pleasant surroundings and tranquillity in their backyards. Hopefully, you have an aesthetically pleasant backyard with several plants and trees. But, the noise outside is making you demented and, your plan for a relaxing Sunday at your home’s backyard space has been ruined. It could be the rumbling sound of traffic, the machines generating deafening sound at a construction site near your house, or it could be your neighbour’s children screaming loudly.
But, the noise outside is making you demented and, your plan for a relaxing Sunday at your home’s backyard space has been ruined. It could be the rumbling sound of traffic, the machines generating deafening sound at a construction site near your house, or it could be your neighbour’s children screaming loudly.
Think Wisely to Counter the Noise Intrusion
The reasons of noise pollution could be countless and you cannot deal with every type of noise intrusion at home. But, you can find a feasible solution to counter the traffic noise around your backyard or home. You can erect a noise barrier between the receiver and the source of noise. This is the best solution to keep the noisy traffic and noisy neighbours away. However, the barrier should be hermetically sealed to deliver the best result in terms of noise reduction, because it travels in the form of waves and spreads in the air.
The majority of people are concerned about the aesthetic and flexibility. Hence, they prefer to install hedges of varied heights. Shrubs are also used around the boundaries to create a dense wall to block noise. But, they are not effective in reducing more than 25 percent of the noise. A solid type of fencing is the most effective way to stop noise intrusion.
What are the Factors to Consider for a Barrier Installation?
A fence should be designed to offer the best noise mitigation, hence, it needs to be selected very carefully. There are several factors to be considered when you install a fence. You need to choose the material according to the requirement. You should also take care of the height and dimensions of the barrier wall to kill the noise.
What is the Right Material for Your Fence?
You can classify the materials in two broad categories- Reflective and absorptive. You also have the option of choosing the combination of reflective and absorptive materials to build a barrier wall. Select the material, which can meet your noise reduction requirement. Most common materials which are used by professionals to construct acoustic fencing are acrylic sheets, vinyl, wood, galvanised steel, masonry, concrete, aluminium, and landscaped earth berm.
Each material has own pros and cons and, can minimise the great amount of noise accordingly. So, it is always better to take the help of a professional in the erection of the fence and then, you can maintain it yourself.
What should be the design consideration for effective noise reduction?
Sound travels in the form of waves in the air, and a small gap during the fence installation can diminish the overall performance of a fence for noise reduction. Therefore, you will have to avoid the gaps while erecting a barrier wall. You should also consider the height and location of the barrier. Does the place where you are going to install the fence have rainy days or run heavy wind? What should be the height of the barrier? Will you need permission for erecting a barrier?
Find the answers to all these questions and then go further for the installation. Experts suggest keeping the walls as high as possible to get the best result in noise reduction. However, you don’t need any permission for a two-meter high barrier. It is also advised to keep the noise barrier close to the source or if it is not possible, then you can erect around the area which you want to keep safe from the noise pollution.
Style to Consider for Fencing Installation
The effectiveness of noise reduction should always be your first priority while searching for a right acoustic fencing. But, you shouldn’t ignore the aesthetic. Everyone looks for an aesthetically good fencing system which can improve the appearance of the backyard or the home along with noise mitigation. To make a barrier aesthetically pleasant, people choose transparent barriers for reducing the noise. Planting is also used to enhance the appearance of a property.
Overall, you can gain the success in achieving the peaceful ambience at your backyard, where noise will not disturb your comfort and privacy by installing a right type of fence.
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