Commercial Drop Ceiling in San Jose California
Many homeowners have had the experience of being in a room that simply sounds empty. Often, especially with hard surface flooring such as concrete, ceramic tile, or concrete, sound bounces from wall to wall and ceiling to floor creating an echoing sound that is far less homey than most people enjoy. Instead of covering up a floor with carpet, some homeowners have found a solution to this problem by installing Commercial Drop Ceiling.
Benefits of Acoustic Ceilings and Acoustic Tile
Acoustic tile is very sound absorbent, taking the harshness out of a hard ceiling. In addition to reducing echo and improving sound quality in a room, an acoustic ceiling can also reduce noise that permeates from one story of a house to another. Because it hangs from the ceiling, it is handy for hiding pipes, wires, and other unsightly necessities while allowing easy access for repairs or remodeling. This makes Sounds Absorbing Panels a popular choice for basement remodels.
Highly light reflective, Commercial Drop Ceiling let more available light reflect back into the room, and save money in utility costs. The panels come in different levels of humidity resistance, reflectivity, and fire resistance.
These ceilings are flexible and can be installed in most rooms. To hang acoustic tiles, a grid of extruded metal is hung by wire loops from the true ceiling with a panel resting in each rectangle. Fluorescent lighting easily drops into any square since the entire lighting fixture is a single unit. If dust, smoke or soil should mar the finish, the panels are easily cleaned. They are impact resistant and, if they are damaged, can be replaced easily in a matter of minutes.
Sound Absorbing Flooring Options
Commercial Drop Ceiling come in two basic styles. A dropped or suspended ceiling is more common. It consists of 2 x 2 foot or 2 x 4 foot tiles dropped into an interlocking metal grid suspended from the structural ceiling. Glued ceilings are tiles (usually 1 x 1 foot tiles) glued directly onto the structural ceiling. Both offer soundproofing qualities and can cover-up existing damage, but only suspended ceilings will hide any exposed ducts, pipes, and wires.
Suspended and Glued Acoustic Tile Sizes
Most glued tiles are 12 x 12 inches. Suspended ceiling panels usually come in 2 feet x 2 feet or 2 feet x 4 feet panels. The larger panel is less expensive and takes less material to put it up. Installation is generally faster, too.
All styles will conceal a damaged ceiling and reduce noise. The standard color is white or off-white; however, they all come in many designs and patterns. If you want color, you may be able to paint the panels, though you should check with the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure that you will not lose any of the tile’s sound-dampening qualities.
Acoustic ceiling manufacturers also make panels with additional insulation, which consist of a vinyl surface backed with about a half inch of fiberglass. The insulation is not a lot (only about an R-3), but if installed underneath a drafty attic, it’ll help.
Some manufacturers also create fire-rated panels that are treated with a fire retardant. The panels themselves are not fireproof, but they should provide you with about 20 minutes of protection.
Suspended ceilings enhance the decor of a room by adding texture and dimension to an area that is often covered by white drywall. Another aesthetic contribution is that drop ceilings beautifully hide important home systems like plumbing and electrical components, yet allow easy access for repair and maintenance, unlike drywall. There is yet another function that many homeowners appreciate and need, even if seldom considered. Interior Wall Sound Insulation can significantly reduce noise.
For home theaters, media or game rooms, or any room where noise is an issue, an acoustical drop ceiling can absorb sound and reduce echo while also preventing sound from traveling to adjacent rooms. While all ceilings offer great benefits over drywall, including easier installation, washability and fire-retardance, many of our products, including HomeStyle ceilings, also have superior acoustical properties for extra sound reduction in your home.
NCR and CAC Ratings
When evaluating performance in Soundproof A Room products, you will want to reference two general ratings: Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) and Ceiling Attenuation Class (CAC). NRC tells you how much sound a ceiling panel will absorb, thereby lessening the noise within a room. CAC rates an Lightweight Sound Insulation efficiency as a barrier to airborne sound transmission, meaning how much sound travels to adjacent rooms.
The high performance surfaces of can reduce noise by 55%. If you need even more sound dampening, Classic Fine Textured 2×2 ceiling panel reduces sound by 70% for excellent acoustical quality.
You do not have to sacrifice fashion, either, when installing an acoustical drop ceiling. You will find neutral ceiling designs with a 3-dimensional look that work in any decor. Surface textures range from the look of traditional rough plaster to a fine, light texture that is subtle and refined.