Advantages of Acoustical Panels
- Made to reduce sound that strikes their surfaces by up to 70%. Much of the harsh noise we experience in a room comes from sound bouncing off hard surfaces such as floors, drywall ceilings and furniture
- Absorb echoes and reverberations, creating an environment free of harsh noise
- Prevent sound from passing into adjacent rooms or floors of your home
Because acoustical panels hang from a suspended ceiling system, they are a convenient and decorative way to hide plumbing, electrical and cable wires, duct work, and other unsightly home systems, while allowing easy access for repairs or maintenance. This makes suspended ceilings a popular choice for basement finishing and remodels.
Features and Options
Acoustical ceilings come in 24" x 24" and 24" x 48" sizes. In addition to controlling noise, many panels also offer mold, mildew, and sag resistance on the treated surface, light reflectance, and Class A fire performance. Panels are placed in a suspended grid that can be installed by more advanced DIYers or a contractor.
Look for these noise performance attributes:
Sound absorption — Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) measures the overall amount of sound absorbed. For example, a panel with an NRC of .70 will absorb 70% of sound reaching it.
Sound blocking — Ceiling Attenuation Class (CAC) measures an acoustical panel’s ability to prevent sound from passing into adjacent spaces. For example, a panel with 35 CAC reduces transmitted sound by 35 decibels (dB). High CAC is ideal for activity areas, such as home theaters or game rooms, or between the basement and first floor.
Put NRC and CAC together and you have a space where sound is crisp and clear, but won't disturb others in the rest of your home. Consider noise control as another element for a more enjoyable and healthy home.