"Something there is that doesn't love a wall ...
... Good Fences make good neighbors."
from the poem Mending Wall by Robert Frost
Walls built to reduce noise improve the livability of communities next to highways, transit rail systems, freight railroads, commercial centers and industrial facilities. In this world that we live in, we depend upon our ability to move about and work. Its a noisy world. The construction of an effective noise barrier can reduce noise by half, and make good neighbors. Our motto is "Find peace in quiet".
The wall systems referenced here are designed for and approved by state and federal highway departments in the US because they require little or no maintenance in the most extreme environments next to heavily travelled Interstate roadways. They withstand prolonged exposure to the sun and cyclical freezing and thawing, and abrasion from debris thrown by tires with no damage.
The concrete walls are faced with AcoustaCrete, a sound absorptive concrete made of specially graded and treated re-cycled wood fibers and portland cement. The durability of wood fiber concrete has been proven in millions of square feet of walls over many decades of use.
AcoustAL low weight sound absorptive aluminum walls are not subject to rust and corrosion, and are powder coated with super durable coatings.
AcoustaClear acrylic walls allow views through walls, but not sound. They will not turn yellow in the UV rays of sunlight. These remarkable attributes are the product of years of research and experience.
Tiles are sound absorbers designed for attachment to exsiting walls where sound reflections are heard. AcoustAL or AcoustaCrete Tiles are suitable for interior or exterior use. AcoustaCrete tiles can be cast in specific architectural patterns. AcoustAL tiles may be colorful and light weight. Tiles can be adhered or fastened to a variety of surfaces.
Noise is unwanted sound just as graffiti is, in many cases, unwanted writing. Noise barriers are ideal surfaces for tagging making the subject of graffiti one that is worth dealing with here. No disrespect intended to the artistic talent of graff artists where their work is welcome, but most highway departments make tagging noisebarriers illegal. the most important thing to discourage graffiti is to remove it quickly once it is reported. Graffiti prevention and removal information is provided. Links to a graffiti website is included on these pages.
A comprehensive list of sources for understanding environmental noise and how to control it is here. Some organizations of the experts in the field are linked in. Contact Gary Figallo for information on the products herein and recommendations from Noisebarrier.com. References and a resume are also provided.