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Acoustic control traditionally has been a primary feature of facility ceilings. Today, new products and technology offer control through sound-absorbing partitions, carpeting, furniture, workspace-to-noise segregation, sound-masking technology, and specially designed sound absorbing materials.
Generally, three methods are used to achieve sound control:
While all three of these are recommended to achieve optimal results, covering up by increasing background sound produces the most dramatic improvement in speech privacy – with the least disruption and typically the lowest cost. Additionally, one must determine if the area or room in question requires acoustic controls. Commons areas or conference rooms definitely need consideration, but do multipurpose areas or private offices? Given the abundance of acoustic control measures available today, ceiling acoustic considerations have become less important over the last decade or so.
For ceiling tiles that provide the most acoustic control, look to traditional, fiber-based ceiling panels. A few of the larger manufacturers of these type panels are Armstrong and USG. For standard ceiling tiles that look like typical fiber-based acoustic ceiling tiles but provide less acoustic control, but are washable, resistant to mold and mildew and staining, you might try our Genesis maintenance-free ceiling tiles.