Acoustical drop ceilings can help provide soundproofing in two different ways: either by absorbing sound waves, thus preventing sounds from bouncing around the room, or by blocking sound from traveling to an adjacent room. Some drop ceilings have both capabilities, while some have one or the other.
When evaluating acoustical ceiling tiles or panels, you’ll want to look at two general ratings: Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) and Ceiling Attenuation Class (CAC). NRC tells you how much sound a ceiling panel will absorb to lessen noise within a room. CAC rates a ceiling’s efficiency to block sound to adjacent rooms.
In rooms where extra sound reduction is desired – home theaters, media, or game rooms, for example – consider a high performance ceiling panel that can absorb up to 70% of sound that strikes their surface.
Don’t worry about losing room height, either. Today’s suspended ceilings need only 3” - 6" of clearance, leaving plenty of headroom. Additionally, there are a variety of visuals available to suit your room's décor.
By installing acoustical ceiling tiles or panels below a hard ceiling surface, you can stop noise at its source and restore your home to quiet comfort.