How to Soundproof a Fence

Buying a home with a yard you can appreciate is becoming more and more difficult. Getting into that yard after a hard day at work and finding you can’t relax because your neighbors are just plain noisy is something else altogether. Their radios, barbeques, and get-togethers are fine – if you don’t have to be exposed to them all the time. The real question is whether or not you can soundproof your yard. At first you would think not but the real answer is yes – you can – if you soundproof your fence.

There are two main options when it comes to installing a soundproof fence. You can either install the fence on your own or hire a professional fencing company. The problem is that a professional fencing company isn’t likely to be willing to install the soundproofing materials for you. If that’s the case you’ll have to ask them to pause the project at a certain point so that you can install the soundproofing materials yourself.

For the purposes of this illustration we’ll assume you’re going to complete the entire project yourself. To get started you will set your fence posts into the ground, set them in concrete, and then nail the cross members to the fence posts.

Once this is done you’ll have to start the soundproofing portion of your project. Get some mass loaded vinyl and nail or staple it to the fence structure, covering it completely. Overlap the edges of the mass loaded vinyl and then seal the edges that are overlapped as well as those along the top with acoustical caulk. Ensuring the edges are sealed will give you a higher STC rating.

After the acoustical caulk dries you can complete the construction of the fence, following the instructions you received when you purchased the materials. Once you’re finished you’ll have a fence with some great soundproofing capabilities.

There are two things to remember when creating a soundproof fence. First, woods like cedar or redwood are best for this type of project. Second, you’re outside – you can reduce sound but you can’t completely eliminate it – especially if it’s caused by nature. Enjoy your new yard!

3 Responses to “How to Soundproof a Fence”

  1. monika clark says:

    i have an existing 8′ ceder fwnce, 7 yrs old the spokes are seperating slightly but
    i think the noise got worse.
    i plated 24 8′ white pines along the outside of the fence, the road noise is better but i was hoping to find an easy solution to improve soundproofing even more
    is there something like calking something i can do myself
    i also installed a pond with two waterfalls and love my yard but the noise!!!
    waiting anxiously
    monika

  2. monika clark says:

    i have an existing 8′ ceder fwnce, 7 yrs old the spokes are seperating slightly but
    i think the noise got worse.
    i plated 24 8′ white pines along the outside of the fence, the road noise is better but i was hoping to find an easy solution to improve soundproofing even more
    is there something like calking something i can do myself
    i also installed a pond with two waterfalls and love my yard
    waiting anxiously for a suggestion
    monika

  3. admin says:

    Hi Monika, You can install poles and attache Mass Loaded Vinyl to the fence You can find Mass Loaded Vinyl here. Additionally you can also go higher end by using Exterior Sound Curtains, these will also require you to construct some kind of fence that the curtains can attach too.

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