Most of us install new garden fences with an eye to marking out the border of our property, as well as achieving the best look we can get. Few people would question how much quieter their garden could be if they installed the right fence panels to assist in this aim.

As soon as you step into your garden, you would expect to hear some noise from the surrounding area. But did you know you can now reduce the noise levels that come into your garden, simply by choosing the right fence panels for the job?

Introducing noise-reduction fence panels

It sounds unlikely, doesn’t it? And yet the new fence panels from Hartwood are designed to reduce noise levels by as much as 30 decibels. To give you an idea of the difference this could make, a lawnmower will typically have a noise level of around 90 decibels. This means noise reduction panels could reduce what you hear by a third when your neighbour decides to mow their lawn.

And if someone is having a conversation in their garden next door, the noise you hear could be reduced by about 50% if these panels are properly installed. That might surprise you – and it might get you thinking about how you can make your garden even more appealing than it already is.

How do they work?

The panels do not rely on a single method to reduce noise levels. Instead, they use three methods to reduce noise levels getting into your garden. Firstly, they reflect noise by allowing it to bounce off the panels, repelling it rather than allowing it to pass through. Secondly, the panels also make good use of an uneven surface – a surface offering a triangulated profile. This ensure the sound breaks up.

Finally, the thickness of the panels also means more noise is absorbed by them, instead of passing through into your garden. This triple-pronged approach has enabled the panels to achieve an acoustic rating of 4*. The reduction of up to 30dB means the noise you hear is reduced eight-fold from the normal ranges.

Where can they be used to good effect?

Any garden or boundary could benefit from getting noise-reducing fence panels instead of standard ones. They can be used in front gardens to put up a boundary between your property and your neighbours. This might be useful if you want to reduce the noise from their car as they go out each day, or come back from work.

But it is the rear garden where these panels come into their own. If you have noisy neighbours, or you simply want your garden to be quieter and more peaceful than it is at present, noise reduction panels are a great idea. They are also very nice to have if your garden is right next to a busy road. Normal traffic levels usually reach around 80dB. If you installed these panels to separate your garden from the traffic, you could reduce that to around 50dB. That is a major difference, and no doubt one you would notice.

A smart tongue-and-groove design

Of course, you also want your new fence panels to look good, and the Hartwood panels certainly achieve that aim, too. You will appreciate the interlocking tongue-and-groove boards used in the design. While this format is used for other fence panels, there are a couple of essential differences here.

Firstly, the boards are triangulated to allow for the reduction in noise levels leaking through to the other side. They are also generously thick, measuring 17mm in thickness, and benefiting from a 45mm thick rebated frame, too. So, even when you look more closely at the edges of these fence panels, you will find no holes or gaps through which the noise can travel.

The boards are best fitted with the aid of slotted fence posts. You could also install them by screwing them onto the posts if you opt for wooden ones. Whichever method you choose, make sure you fit them tightly and securely to the posts. This will ensure no noise can travel through from one side to the other. Furthermore, the finished fence will look neat and will offer better security, too.

Finally, these panels hold one more secret. If you look closely, you will see the finished edges on all sides allow the panels to be used in two ways. You can either position them so the tongue-and-groove panels run top to bottom, or you can go for a right-to-left format instead. This latter option looks good if you want to make a short garden look longer.

Whichever way you decide to use the Hartwood noise-reducing fence panels, we’re sure you will find lots of uses for them. And enjoying a quieter and more relaxing garden suddenly became easier than ever.