Acoustic ceilings were introduced in the late 1950s/early 1960 where rooms in older house designs had very high ceilings to draw hot air away from the living spaces. These high ceilings are clearly an acoustic nightmare, allowing the sound a huge area to resonate and cause echo.
Acoustic ceilings are an affordable way of lowering these ceilings in homes, offices, schools, public buildings and anywhere else which has these high ceilings and wishes to absorb some of the ambient sound.
A grid work of lightweight metal is hung from the dominant ceiling creating a frame in which to place panels of sound absorbing material. In between the dominant ceiling and the acoustic ceiling is a space in which piping, lighting fixtures and plumbing fixtures can be hidden however nevertheless be made freely easy to reach should the requirement of any maintenance work arise.
Those living in a flat with a noisy neighbour above could assistance greatly from an acoustic suspended ceiling. They are able to disguise the sound of already the heaviest stamper at 8 o’clock on a Saturday morning when you have a hangover.
Earlier examples (in the 1950s-1970) had panels containing asbestos and many homeowners had to hire specialist contractors to remove these panels safely. Rest assured though that panels containing asbestos are no longer used, having been replaced years ago by safer, and more efficient materials.
Although a quick fix for unsightly rooms, acoustic ceilings do have their draw backs: The panels can become easily damaged by moisture, in extreme situations, causing the panel to drop from the ceiling unexpectedly. Less serious moisture damage can show itself in unsightly dried water stains.