What are Noise Barrier Walls?

Noise Barrier Walls are some of the most effective solutions for excessive noise on the market today. They are exterior mounted walls specifically made to block sound from reaching inhabited areas.

When a roof-mounted AC unit is distracting office workers, or when an industrial manufacturing plant is making too much noise and violating municipal noise ordinances, a Noise Barrier Wall is a simple, effective solution.

Noise Barrier Wall Roof Enclosure
Roof-mounted Noise Barrier Wall used to block HVAC noise.

Why are Sound Barriers Important?

Sound is a critical component of every building, yet so often it can be neglected in the design process, or even worse, removed from the project due to budget concerns. Most of the time, the noise within a building won’t be realized until the project is completed, which makes cutting sound control an easy cut during the construction process.

The problem is, there can be severe legal penalties for violating OSHA standards for sound levels, not to mention additional municipal noise ordinances on top of that. If you consider the loss of productivity and the displeasure the occupants of your building feel following severe sound problems, it becomes clear that a noise barrier is well worth the investment.

How do Noise Barrier Walls Work?

Noise Barrier Walls, also sometimes called sound walls or noise walls, come in a wide variety of materials, thicknesses and build styles to accommodate every noise environment imaginable. A noise wall lining a highway will differ significantly from a sound barrier enclosing a rooftop AC unit.

Similarly, a barrier used to absorb noise from generators and transformers will require a different grade of wall than an industrial cooling station.  While specifications vary, most noise barrier walls are constructed in panels of customizable size with a hard, outer shell that can either be solid or perforated, while also featuring a softer absorptive material on the inside.

This construction lends itself well to both reflecting and absorbing sound, virtually eliminating the unwanted noise that is inherent to heavy machinery. Once the noise is contained, your occupants will immediately notice the difference, and your space will be transformed into a haven of productivity.

Noise Barriers are always built to industry safety standards and are made to withstand environmental weathering from noise, wind, snow and seismic loading conditions.

What Other Types of Noise Barriers are There?

While Noise Barrier Walls are a great solution for exterior noise pollution, there are also many other forms of noise blocking equipment that we deliver. Sound Control Window systems, for example can be very effective for keeping noise contained.

Additionally we offer a variety of Noise-blocking doors that can be used to block sound from escaping rooms that contain anything from loud machinery, to music, or even theaters.

One of the most effective Noise Barrier types that we recommend is a full acoustical enclosure. These are generally made up of four walls, a roof and a door, and enclose in a particularly noisy area.

Imagine a manufacturing plant that has a metal-on-metal sawing station. That one area of the plant could make enough noise to drive the whole building crazy. An acoustical enclosure can seal off that area, ensuring that working sound levels are maintained in even the most chaotic environments.

How do I get Started?

As with all of our products, the first step towards solving your noise problem is to contact your friends at Gaus Scott Company for a free consultation. From there we will partner with you to nail down project specs, discuss pricing, and set a plan for delivery and installation.

We handle full project management responsibilities from start to finish to make sure that your solution is implemented to your satisfaction.