Acoustical Ceilings (ZD)


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8.5" x 11"
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Acoustical Ceilings

Elevate your commercial or residential spaces’ aesthetics and functionality with our SimpleSpecs master specification template for suspended acoustical ceilings. These innovative ceilings combine practicality with style, ensuring a harmonious balance between accessibility and design.

Understanding Suspended Acoustical Ceilings

At the heart of suspended acoustical ceilings are a metal suspension grid and removable acoustical panels. This setup not only facilitates easy access to utilities and spaces above the ceiling but also significantly enhances the acoustic characteristics of a room. This improvement is particularly noticeable when compared to traditional ceilings made from gypsum board, plaster, wood, or other materials.

Configurations Tailored to Your Needs

Acoustical ceilings come in two primary configurations:

  • Exposed Grid: Features a visible T-shaped suspension grid, with acoustical panel edges resting neatly on the flange.
  • Concealed Grid: Offers a sleek look by hiding the suspension grid within the panel edges. Both upward and downward access grid systems are available for enhanced functionality.

In environments like coastal areas where atmospheric corrosion is a concern, we recommend using aluminum grids for their resilience and longevity.

A Panel for Every Aesthetic and Functional Requirement

You’ll need to select from the type of panels:

  • Mineral Fiber and Fiberglass Panels: Common choices known for their sound-absorbing qualities.
  • Metal and Ceramic Panels: Offer durability and a distinct visual appeal.
  • Gypsum Panels (with or without vinyl facings): Ideal for areas where acoustics are secondary to washability and maintenance.

It’s important to note that while these ceilings contribute to an acoustic and aesthetic upgrade, they do not provide inherent fire protection. However, they can be integral to fire-rated assemblies, adhering to safety standards without compromising on design.

Enhancing Your Space with Acoustical Ceilings

Suspended acoustical ceilings are more than just functional elements; they are key to transforming your space into a haven of tranquility and style. Whether it’s an office, a school, or a recreational area, these ceilings offer a solution that resonates with both your aesthetic preferences and functional needs.

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Related Associations:

Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA)

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