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Soundproofing Existing Drop-In Ceiling Tiles With Acoustic Overlay

Drop-In Ceiling Tiles With Acoustic Overlay

Looking for info on how to soundproof a ceiling with drop-in tiles? We’re here to help. There’s more to your installation options than simply swapping out old tiles with newer, insulated ones. The tips below will help to guide you in getting started with installing a noise-reduction solution that fits your needs.

Getting Started

To begin, it is important to take into consideration the strength of the ceiling grid you are working with, as this will be the main support for the tiles, while also considering what kind of space you have to work with and the results you wish to achieve from your installation. Ask yourself what you are looking to accomplish from this project:

a) Improved visual aesthetic

b) Better audio performance within a room

c) Enhanced privacy by blocking sound from passing through ceiling tiles

d) All of the above

If you answered C, the solution we are talking through in this article is ideal for your needs.

The types of spaces that tend to utilize drop-in ceiling tiles are often those in which their users need to focus: office buildings, schools, legal buildings, etc. The simple addition of a ceiling tile overlay can drastically improve sound transmission from one floor to the next, allowing for ease of focus and improved productivity.

The CTX-118 Ambience Ceiling Tile Overlay product is 1 ⅛ inches thick and and 2 feet by 4 feet wide, created of mass loaded vinyl (MLV) and expertly coupled with a 1-inch-thick acoustical liner. This product is an ideal addition to your existing ceiling tiles for improved sound absorption to minimize the noise that travels between rooms. In addition, this product also offers improved thermal performance to allow your space to stay cooler in summer months and warmer in the winter, potentially leading to energy savings that will eventually make this product pay for itself. Invest in comfort by purchasing SoundAway Ambience Ceiling Tile Overlay today!

The best part: The installation of this product is often as simple as laying it on top of each of your existing ceiling tiles. You may add double-sided tape to adhere the overlay on the tile.

How To Install Acoustic Overlay in a New or Pre-Existing Drop Ceiling

Our ceiling tile overlay product is an optimal solution for managing noise between rooms with ease. It is important to note that adding the overlay to your existing tiles will also add more weight, and added support is often needed. Most drop ceilings have a metal frame that hangs from a series of wire brackets attached to ceiling joists. The frame itself is strong enough to handle the added weight, but more wires may be required to support the load.

Acoustic overlay in ceiling tiles


  • Conference Rooms
  • Plenum sound control
  • Offices
  • Broadcast Studios
  • Schools

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 1 1/8" x 2' x 4'
  • NRC Rating: 0.80
  • STC Rating: 27
  • Flame Spread Index (FSI): 25
  • Smoke Developed Index: 35
  • Thermal Value: R-4

Get the Top-Quality Products You Need for Your Installation

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