You may like the convenience of living near a main highway or thoroughfare, but do you really like all the road noise?
With an acoustic fence, you don’t have to sacrifice peace and quiet for easy travel access. An acoustic fence is a specially designed noise barrier intended to mitigate the effects of noise pollution on the surrounding inhabitants. These fences work by redirecting or absorbing sound waves given off by highway traffic or other constant loud noise. They take into account both blockage of sound and diffusion of the sound waves.
Not only is excess noise bothersome, it can also have far-reaching health impacts, such hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, annoyance, and sleep disturbance. Changes in the immune system and birth defects have been also attributed to noise exposure. Beyond these effects, elevated noise levels can create stress, increase workplace accident rates, and stimulate aggression and other anti-social behaviors. All of a sudden, “road rage” issues make more sense, eh?
Good fences make good neighbors – with more homes being built in close areas, home blocks are becoming smaller, and neighbors are closer together. An acoustic fence can serve as not only an attractive boundary to the property line, it can also protect privacy from neighbors, or redirect the noise from a loud neighbor. acoustic fences tend to be very durable, so an investment in a quality fence will last a long, long time.
- Acoustic fences tend to follow function over aesthetics – this means that they aren’t always pretty, but they are necessary. There are some drawbacks, though:
- Aesthetic impacts for motorists and neighbors, particularly if scenic vistas are blocked
- Costs of design, construction, and maintenance
- Necessity to design custom drainage that the barrier may interrupt
Speciality construction companies, such as Ford Brothers Fencing, work with the Queensland State Government, Local government, property developers, and construction companies to provide acoustic fencing barrier solutions that blend in with the surroundings. Due to the wide array of materials that can be used to construct acoustic fences, it is possible for a homeowner, neighborhood planner, or city developer to commission a modern design. Acoustic fences are ideal to protect people and native wildlife against unwanted noise to create a more harmonious environment.
Ford Brothers Fencing can advise on the most appropriate acoustic fence for you, including the height and type to best fit your property and surroundings. Give us a call or drop us an email, and we can prepare a custom quote to suit your needs.