Acoustical Ceiling - Types and Options

When you attempt to create an acoustical ceiling, it is important to consider if your flat has rooms above. 

In this case, you are able to use the resilient bars in the construction of your acoustical ceiling. 

Acoustical Ceiling - Types and Options
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Whether you have or not rooms above your apartment, you can select your acoustic ceiling from the categories which are described by the following paragraphs.

Floating Acoustical Ceiling

Most of the times, the material which is used to construct the floating acoustical ceiling is the plasterboard. 

In order to improve the soundproof features of the plasterboard, you have to use some other acoustical ceiling products such as:

  • Soundproofing mats
  • Acoustic mineral wool
  • Acoustic membrane. 

How to Fix

  • To construct a proper acoustical ceiling, you have to place one of the soundproof materials under the plasterboard. 
  • Once you place the soundproof material, you have to position the resilient bars perpendicular to the old joists. 
  • Then, you need to place the plasterboard's against the bars and fasten them with solid screws. 

If you wish to obtain acoustical ceilings which offer the best protection against any exterior sounds, you can choose to place one more layer of soundproof material and on top of it, another layer of plasterboard. 

This way, your new acoustical ceiling is actually made from two layers of soundproof materials and two layers of plasterboard's.

In order to provide the best sealing for the acoustical ceilings, you need to allow a gap of 5 mm between plasterboard's and adjoining walls. 

By introducing an acoustic sealant in the gaps, you obtain a proper insulated, airtight acoustical ceiling. This way, your ceiling “floats”.  

Dropped Acoustical Ceiling

If you wish to create a dropped soundproof ceiling, you need to attach battens to the ceiling joists. The battens have to be placed on a perpendicular position. 

The gaps formed between them should be filled with acoustic mineral wool. After this, you need to duplicate the process that is described for the floating acoustical ceilings.

Choosing Between Options

The acoustical ceiling is great in protecting your environment against any sounds that come from upstairs such as footsteps or music. 

However, in case that you consider acoustical ceilings as being too difficult to be constructed, you can choose acoustic ceiling tile models. 

These tiles are to be installed with acoustic foam. They also offer soundproof characteristics but these do not deliver the same exceptional results which are ensured by the traditional soundproof ceilings. 

As well, another method in having an acoustical ceiling is to use the acoustic foam. You can simply spray it on the surface. It is able to reduce the sounds to a reasonable acoustic level.

However, if you still prefer the traditional acoustical ceiling, you have to know that its construction requires work from below which highlights a very uncomfortable posture. 

In case that the upstairs rooms belong to you, you can construct the ceiling working on the floor of the above rooms. If you place the soundproof materials on the floors, you can deaden the sound before it reaches the ceiling of the beneath room. 

Most of the times, this technique is used in office buildings and multi-story apartments. But, you can also use it in your home and enjoy the environment which is provided by a perfect soundproof insulation.

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