Tips for Choosing Acoustic Ceiling Solutions
Acoustic ceilings are a standard office feature, but they’re not as simple to install as you might think. Choosing the wrong material could lead to poor sound quality and increased costs down the line. Fortunately, this guide covers everything you need to know to select the perfect acoustic ceiling solution.
What are Acoustic Ceilings?
Acoustic ceilings are made of acoustical materials, which means they can provide a great deal of sound absorption and sound insulation. Offices, schools, and other workplaces often use acoustic ceilings to block unwanted noise. They’re also used in recording studios to eliminate echo and feedback.
Tiles for acoustic ceilings come in different sizes, shapes and colours, from wooden planks to metal panels; choose one that fits best with your style or setting (for example: if you have an office/home located near an airport or train station). You should always ensure the material chosen for your ceiling will last for years without breaking down, as some inferior products do!
Types of Acoustic Ceilings
Acoustic ceilings come in three major types: drywall, suspended ceilings and acoustical ceiling tiles. Drywall is a standard ceiling material made from gypsum plaster on a wood or metal framework. It provides good sound absorption but can be challenging to install.
Suspended ceilings are similar to drywall but lighter and easier to handle during installation. Acoustic tiles are made with soundproofing materials integrated into the design of the tile itself; it may also contain an additional layer of foam for other sound absorption properties. Finally, acoustic panels integrate soundproofing components and a decorative surface such as wood grain or stone patterns in one easy-to-install piece.
A high NRC rating is not required when specifying acoustic ceiling tiles.
When specifying acoustic ceiling tiles, NRC is not the only factor to consider. Although it is a helpful rating system, it does not provide insights into how the product will perform in different settings. For example, most NRC ratings do not consider whether the tile is free from defects or has an acceptable coverage rate over the installation area.
When selecting an acoustical ceiling solution for your project, there are numerous factors that directly impact its performance and cost of ownership. Take time during your specification phase to prioritise these factors based on their importance for each project type you have planned for this year. In many cases, high NRC ratings may not be necessary when specifying acoustical ceiling tiles due to other considerations such as budget or aesthetics (i.e., colour or texture).
Switch from cold rolled steel to hot rolled steel for rust protection.
Hot-rolled steel is also more flexible than cold-rolled steel, which makes installation much easier since it allows for tighter bends and turns without compromising integrity. Because of its flexibility and easy installation process, this option can save you money by reducing labour costs associated with installing other kinds of metal panels. Additionally, hot-rolled sheets have lower production costs than other types of materials. This is because they’re thinner overall and use less material per square foot than competitors like aluminium or zinc-coated steel sheets would require—making them more environmentally friendly as well!
Tips for Choosing Brands that provide Acoustic Ceilings
- Consider the length of time a company has been in business.
- Look for companies that have large customer bases.
- Look at the reputation of each company.
- Discuss how they treat customers after making a purchase or having problems with their product.
- Find out if there are any restrictions on returns of defective products, especially when they may be custom-made to fit your ceiling system and are not returnable unless damaged in transit or by installation errors. Insurance may cover replacement costs, but ensure you’re familiar with these policies before purchasing materials from any vendor!
Lighter and Flexible Curved Ceilings
Curved ceilings are often more expensive to build than straight ones. The framing materials you choose can make a big difference in how much it costs to frame a curved ceiling, especially if you’re working with a tight budget or trying to save money on labour costs. You’ll want to use materials that are lighter and easier to work with when framing curved and radius ceilings.