Aug 13, 2018 4:09 pm
I have a basic timber paling fence round my property ~ 1.8m high.
The neighbours on the west have a smaller house with a larger back yard. They frequently entertain on their back deck, adjacent to our kitchen/living area. Noise from the neighbours can be heard in our kitchen and living room as we have a weatherboard house with no insulation. It also affects use of the deck area, with just the fence for blocking the noise.
I am looking at options to dampen this noise - I believe the thin timber fence offers little in the way of acoustic dampening.
Replacing with a new modular acoustic fence ~2.2m high means $5k in materials plus install plus removal of old fence. I have looked at SlimWall for this.
Alternatively could the existing fence be strengthened and raised in height? Foilboard panels from Bunnings would offer 25mm of EPS (Polystyrene) insulation which could be fitted into the fence itself cavities between the posts/noggins. This is $1k in materials, I could install myself. Over the foilboard I could fit treated chipboard sheets and paint them the same colour as the fence for not much more. I could raise the height with fence extension for not much extra and cut foilboard to do the same thing. But does EPS foilboard offer much in the way of acoustic dampening? From some google searching there is not much online to help.
Is there another option I should consider? I want to remain conscious of cost because the neighbours are renters and may not be around forever, however they have been here for two years and seem very settled!
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