Tim H asks,
We recently moved into a house next to a road that produces more noise than we expected and I’m considering putting something up to help with the noise.
One option considered is a masonry wall. It’s attractive, low-maintenance, and likely the most effective against noise but it’s also (roughly) triple the cost of the fence option.
The fence would be a tongue and groove double sided privacy fence with a layer of mass loaded vinyl (MLV) hung between the facing panels to help with sound attenuation. I’d never heard of MLV before I started looking into this, and the only material I can find on is from the guys who sell it, who obviously claim it’s the bee’s knees.
My question is whether the MLV sandwich fence is going to do a “good enough job” with the road noise to make it a viable option against masonry. Or is the fence without the MLV going to be effective enough?