Commercial grade acoustic ceiling tiles really aren’t all that acoustic. Most commercial grade ceiling tiles carry poor NRC ratings that average .50, while most sound panels in today’s marketplace carry NRC ratings that average between .80 and 1.25. Commercial grade ceiling tiles are not designed to absorb sound, they are not designed to make a room less loud, they are instead, designed to simply hide the pipes in the ceiling and provide a finished look to a ceiling.
If you have a commercial grade ceiling tile system in place, and suffer from poor room acoustics, there are two options. The first is to switch your tiles out for melamine foam ceiling tiles, called DIME Tiles, which boost your NRC values to .90, nearly double the absorption rate over standard commercial grade ceiling tiles. Or the other option is to keep your existing tiles in place, and add sound panels to the upper portion of your walls around the perimeter of your room. These are cloth wrapped Fabric Panels that can compliment your ceiling tile system and produce the echo control you are seeking.
For more information on how your ceiling tile system can better control the acoustics within your space, call for help to NetWell Noise Control at 1-800-638-9355 or visit them online at www.controlnoise.com.