Kitchen appliances humming, teenagers blasting music, the television on in the other room - oh the noise! If there's one thing we hate, it's distracting, mind-numbing noise.
For home theaters, media or game rooms, or any room where noise is an issue, acoustic drop ceiling tiles can help absorb sound and reduce echo while also preventing sound from traveling to adjacent rooms. Here's how to make sense of acoustic ratings and what they mean for noise control in your home.
When evaluating performance in acoustic drop ceiling tiles, you’ll 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 the tile's efficiency as a barrier to airborne sound transmission – meaning how much sound travels to adjacent rooms. The higher the rating, the better the ceiling is at noise control.
Higher performing drop ceilings can reduce noise by 55% while exceptional performers can reduce noise by as much as 70%. Ceiling tiles with a high NRC and CAC mean that the movie playing in the basement will sound crisp and clear but won't reach light sleepers on the floor above.
We already know what you're thinking: "But they're not that pretty..." Great news: you don’t have to sacrifice your design sense. There are many options available, including textured surfaces that look like traditional and rough plaster, tiles with a smooth surface, or even black ones if you're feeling really daring.
Acoustic drop ceiling tiles are the perfect solution when both noise reduction and style are a must.