Acoustical Ceiling Overview
Acoustic ceiling tiles are perfect for providing acoustical sound absorption for offices, healthcare, and educational facilities. Learn about the acoustic ceiling products recommended for each application and the acoustical properties of each product.
In many cases, a sound absorbing material (ceiling or wall) will also have a significant sound attenuation effect, such that both aspects should be taken into consideration.
Acoustic Ceiling Tiles
Absorption- Sound absorption is the part of the incident sound that is not reflected by the acoustical tile
Attenuation- Sound attenuation is the control of sound transmission between adjacent spaces with a common void above them by the use of acoustic ceiling tiles.
Reduction- Sound Reduction is the use of acoustic ceilings to control sound generated in the plenum or coming from the floor above.
Whether the concern is speech or noise or sound quality, a combination of sound absorption (surface finishes), sound attenuation (walls, floor, ceiling barriers), and background noise will combine to determine the acoustic performance of the space.
Some spaces such as open offices will do well with a moderate level of background noise for privacy, whereas other spaces such as classrooms will do best with low levels of background noise for intelligibility.