Do you have a problem with noise? While everyone accepts some environmental noise, especially in a city or along a major transit route there are always going to be times when the volume becomes too much and begins to impact the quality of life for those who live near a constant noise source.
The problems noise can cause
For most people, their experience of noise is transitory. Perhaps they experience a loud party at a neighbouring property or a team of men repairing the road surface outside of their home. These things may be annoying, but they will pass. If your home is in an area permanently affected by continually high levels of noise, then the situation is more serious. You could find that the noise affects your ability to function properly. Not only can high levels of noise prevent you from sleeping through the night, but the noise will also lead to excessive levels of stress and anxiety throughout the day as you struggle to concentrate on even routine tasks.
Is there a solution?
Avoiding areas of high noise isn't always practical. Freeways, transitways, and tollways crisscross most urban landscapes, and industrial noise is a feature of many neighbourhoods. Instead of avoiding noisy areas, it is often more effective to contain the noise and to prevent it from spreading beyond the immediate area. When you want to contain noise effectively, one of the most popular solutions is the use of a barrier wall. A concrete barrier wall will contain sound and allow nearby residential areas to remain peaceful. It is for this reason that barrier walls are a regular feature in many civil engineering projects. If you are considering or have been asked to include a barrier wall as a part of your project, then it is essential that you choose the most suitable barrier wall for your situation.
Absorb, reflect or disperse?
There are three main types of barrier wall which you will need to consider. You could opt for a concrete barrier wall that disperses the noise by redirecting it either up or down, or you could build a tall, reflective barrier wall that will block the unwanted noise. Your third option is to build an absorptive barrier wall that will dissipate the noise instead of redirecting it elsewhere. It is essential that you hold talks with your engineering team to identify which type of barrier wall would be the best fit for your situation.