What are Ceiling clouds?


Ceiling clouds (or tiles) are a type of soundproofing objects. Producers and sound engineers use them in music production studios as well as in other spaces to effectively reduce reflected sound in large and open environments as well as to delineate space. Acoustical ceiling tiles are usually smaller than what are properly called acoustic panels. Because they are either attached directly to the structure above or set into concealed support grids, they offer less access to space directly above them. Acoustical ceiling tiles have mineral fiber or glass fiber base while some for residential use is made of cellulose. The efficiency of acoustical ceiling tiles for sound absorption depends on the mounting type.


Acoustic benefits


There is an acoustical benefit to exposing the backside of clouds. More air heightens the panel’s ability to capture and convert echo from the open space. The parallel and offset from the ceiling position of the acoustic clouds allows them to absorb sound waves at two points. Sound absorption occurs as sound travels toward the ceiling and then again as it bounces back to the floor. This dual-absorption ceiling cloud reduces echo and dampens noise.


Ceiling clouds types


Acoustical tiles are available with fissured surfaces (in fine, medium and heavy) and with perforated holes. People also use vinyl finishes in the food preparation areas. Tiles are normally white, although some available in color. Sometimes, people spray-paint acoustic tiles which results in some loss of acoustic capability. Acoustical ceiling tiles are available with special finishes that are resistant to chemical fumes and scrubbing. Most ceiling tiles have square or beveled edges while kerfed tiles conceal suspension grids. Keep in mind that you can damage the tile edges if you remove them. The slight shadow line created by beveled edges minimizes edge damage.

Ceiling manufacturers offer an ever-increasing variety of forms. Acoustical canopies hang from the ceiling to provide spot absorption and to help define interior spaces. Furthermore, their gently curved surface enhances the light reflectance. Acoustical clouds work in a similar manner, to reduce reverberation time, control noise, and increase speech intelligibility.

Manufacturers of acoustic materials offer countered ceiling panels (frequently called tiles) in a variety of patterns and colors. You can mount the 2-foot square tiles into a standard ceiling grid, and the soft, and cut the pliable base material easily and smoothly to accommodate corners, sprinkler heads, or heating and lighting fixtures. The sound barrier ceiling design enables them to reduce sound transmission and control reverberation. The 1-inch-thick (25,4 mm) dense fiberglass tiles are sealed on the back with an aluminized sound barrier.


Sound from above


Ceiling tiles absorb sound within a space and can reduce the amount of sound transmitted to other spaces. However, their design does not allow them to keep sound from entering the space from above. Tiles in system suspended several feet below the floor structure do a better job of stopping impact noise from the floor above than those adhere firmly to the structure.



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