Acoustic Drop Ceiling Replacement Styles
Another consideration is style of ceiling tiles you want. There are essentially two main styles. One is what we call “lay in”, or square edge tiles. They lay flat in the ceiling suspension system. The other main style is “reveal edge”, or tegular. That type of tile drops down below the grid revealing the edge. The latter is a more attractive look overall but has a couple of negatives. The first is, the edges catch dust that may circulate around in the a and they may not be easy to clean or if close to AC supply vents, may soil the tiles as time goes by. The other negative with that style of tile is that when it does come time to replace some of them, you pretty much must hire a professional ceiling company and have one of their technicians take care of it. The reason for that is its very difficult to cut the edges of the tiles properly so they look good after they have been cut. The lay in or square edge tiles do not catch dust on the edges and are much easier to measure and cut when you need to replace them. Something else to really think about is what the tile is made of. This is a relay big concern in terms of sound absorption. I see a lot of new restaurants and commercial types of businesses open up and they have stained concrete, or ceramic tile floors with either metal or plastic ceiling panels. These may look awesome, but they do nothing in the way of absorbing sound, and it can get extremely loud, especially a busy restaurant at lunch or dinner. This is a really big concern and need so be considered when in the planning stations. Don’t rely on your designer or architect to get it right when it comes to this problem, we have had many calls from people that had hired professional companies, but still ended up with this massive problem. The only thing that can be done at that point is to replace the ceiling panels, or add sound absorbing clouds (small suspended mini ceilings), or install sound absorbing decorative panels to the walls.
Acoustic Drop Ceiling Tile Sizes
There are 2 common sizes of ceiling tiles these days, one is 2 ft. x2 ft., the other is 2ft. x4 ft. If you have smaller rooms or offices (up to 200 sq. ft in size), its better to go with a 2x2 layout. It looks much nicer when completed and makes it easier to design the rooms with equal border cuts. Bigger rooms look good with a 2x2 lay out as well. But if cost is a concern for the project, then go with a 2x4 layout. It saves money on labor and materials.
Acoustic Drop Ceiling Electrial Options
Another big consideration are any electrical items that may be in your ceiling tiles such as: ceiling fans, exhaust fans, emergency exit lights, can or accent lights, track lights, motion sensors or smoke and alarm devices. All of these items need to be removed and re-installed into the new ceiling tiles. Its best to not try and talk your ceiling tile installation company into doing these in order to save money on your job. Its best to either hire an electrician or make sure the company doing the installation does provide a licensed and insured electrician to handle that part of the job. That protects everyone. It is very important that these items are re-installed properly as they were, when originally installed.
Acoustic Drop Ceiling Lighting Replacement?
If you are planning a project like this, it’s the perfect time to consider new lights, or upgrading to LED lights which are brighter, and way more energy efficient. All style of lights are available in LED technology these days, whether its 2x4 office lights, or can lights etc. There will be a cost associated with removing and re-installing your old ones. Why not put that expense towards new lights, and have the whole ceiling look absolutely fantastic when you’re done.
Acoustic Drop Ceiling AC Vent Replacement?
If you are replacing your ceiling, and possibly your lights, the other the thing that will stand out like a sore thumb if you don’t do anything with them is your AC supply & return vents. Consider either having them reconditioned, (cleaned & painted), or replaced completely with new ones. That will give you an overall new look with everything in and on your ceiling. They are available in metal still (the standard for years), or you can now have PVC which do not rust, never need painting, and are available in back or white.
Insulating Your Acoustic Drop Ceiling
Most people don’t but even if you do have spray on insulation on the underside of your roof deck, its still a good idea to add bat insulation on top of your ceiling tiles when installing new ones. There is a lot of ambient heat or cold in your attic plenum area above your ceiling in the summer or the winter. You want to keep those temperatures isolated from your working environment, which will in turn keep your energy bills in check and keep you and your employees more comfortable. The most common R value used in the Gulf Coast region is R 19 and comes in 2x4 bat sizes that are installed above the ceiling tiles, as they are installed.