Acoustic ceilings, what are they? And why do you need them?

Acoustic ceilings

Acoustic ceilings, what are they? And why do you need them?

Poor acoustic performance in any workplace, school, public building or home can affect health, communication, safety, productivity and learning, this is one of the main reasons that acoustic ceilings are becoming more and more popular in all types of spaces, especially so when we are spending much of our time using video conferencing and online communications rather than travelling for face to face meetings.

So what are the main selling points when it comes to acoustic ceilings – what do they do and why do we need them, let’s find out…


What part do ceilings play in acoustics?

Ceiling height is extremely important as poor acoustics can be caused by the sound having to travel further in the air due to the ceiling height. The sound gets trapped in the dead space above your head causing the sound to have reverberation times and makes it longer for the sound to become unheard. Also, acoustics that reflect off hard surfaces have a prolonged reverberation time meaning they will be heard for much longer so ceiling material is also a major factor.


How are acoustic ceilings installed?

Acoustic ceilings are based on a suspended ceiling system, utilising carriers hung from the room’s structural ceiling. Then single tiles of sound-absorbing material are dropped into each individual section. Acoustic ceiling tiles come in many different forms. As a norm people generally think acoustic ceiling tiles are cheap mineral fibre tiles that have historically been used to aid in noise reduction. Modern acoustic ceilings however can become an architectural feature. Metal, wood and even textiles like felt can be used to create beautiful creations with great acoustic performance and perforated panels offer enhanced acoustics which can be substantially improved with the addition of special acoustic pads.


What benefits do acoustic ceilings bring?

– Enhances the overall quality of sound

– Can contribute to the well being of occupants of that space

– Design flexibility

Ceiling tiles come in many different textures and designs. Most ceiling tiles are made from mineral fibre, to aid in noise reduction. These tiles are good at absorbing sound within a space and help prevent loud environments and echoes. These work great in rooms with hard surface flooring, where the sound bounces from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. There are other materials available in ceiling tiles, however, including fibreglass.


When it comes to the design of acoustic ceiling tiles, they could have a smooth or rough appearance. It all depends on your preference. You can choose a tile with an imprinted design or a pattern scored into the tile. In addition, you can choose a tile from many different edge options.


What benefits to acoustic ceilings bring to the design of a room?

Acoustic ceiling tiles have a great aesthetic appeal and come with a huge degree of flexibility!  They’re impact resistant, easily maintained and can be removed and replaced in just a matter of minutes. Acoustic ceilings are an easy fix to unappealing rooms, often used in interior design to hide heating and cooling ducts or unsightly wires and pipes. Acoustic ceilings are not only popular; they have a wide variety of aesthetic options. The standard colour is white or off-white, but acoustic ceiling tiles come in many different designs and patterns. You may be able to paint the panels as well.


At Innovate we believe that if you want to truly soundproof an area of your home, or office you can’t get away with only soundproofing the walls. Soundproofing ceilings stop noise from travelling to the space above the room, instead impacting that sound within the room that you’ve soundproofed. In a room where you’re recording, teaching, or using a microphone for any reason at all, having an acoustic ceiling can be a huge benefit. But they aren’t just for rooms that would benefit from soundproofing; an acoustic panel ceiling is extremely versatile.


If you would like to integrate an acoustic ceiling into your next renovation or construction project, then we would be happy to discuss your plans and advise on the best solution for the space – contact us on +44 (0) 1279 216175 or

Acoustic ceilings

Acoustic ceilings