Acoustic ceiling tiles are not just for recording studios. Sound is nothing more nor less than the reverberation of vibrations. Take a moment to think about all the vibrations that occur in a house. You probably have vibrations reverberating throughout the house right now that you aren’t even aware. These vibrations fade into the white noise that becomes the real soundtrack to your life. The humming of a refrigerator. The whirring of the fan on your computer. Even the minute, almost inaudible, sound produce by the vibrations caused by the high speed whirling of encoded discs inside your Playstation console. All the vibrations of the modern world contribute to create a situation in which the purity of the sound you actually want to hear is constantly corrupted.
Acoustic ceiling tiles can reduce that corruption and soften the impact of the multitude of vibrations that occur inside your house throughout the day. The end result of installing acoustic ceiling tiles is a significant reduction of transmission of one sound to another. You may be experiencing sonic effects like echo and reverb that have nothing to do with the music you are trying to enjoy or the low, muted dialogue you are struggling to hear while watching television. The great thing about installing acoustic tile on the ceiling is that it is something that can become a DIY project for many people.
This is not intended to be a step by step travelogue through the wonderful world of installing acoustic tile, but having done the job myself I can give you a little glimpse into just what kind of expertise is necessary.
In order to make the tile fit as perfectly as possible, you will need to measure the ceiling from the center points in from all four walls. Once you’ve got this measurement adhering to what is known as the “3, 4, 5 feet rule” then it is just a matter of clearing away the surface of the ceiling as it stands now. That may be scraping off popcorn ceiling or removing existing tile. You may need to spackle the ceiling or you may need to cut away wallpaper that was not installed quite perfectly in the crease where ceiling and wall meet. Then it just becomes a matter of acoustic tile installation.
The result will below you away. If you make the investment in high quality tile and you make the time that is needed to do the installation in a manner that meets this quality, then the consequence will be immediately noticeable. No more having to turn up the volume on the TV in order to hear whispered conversations. And you may even just possibly be able to enjoy your own good music from the past without the intrusion of the really awful music of present generations.