Suspended ceilings are fantastic for use within the education sector as they provide an easy way to balance accessibility, performance, and cost. The acoustic performance of a classroom is so important as it can maximise the students’ ability to learn. If children are struggling to hear their teacher then they are likely to switch off and miss valuable information, or if the room is too noisy it can be hard for student to focus on the task in hand.
Researchers found that for every 10 dB increase in noise pollution, 8-9 year-old students performed 5.5 points lower on their national standardised test (Allen, J. G, et al 2017). Equally, if a teacher is struggling to make their voice heard then this can put considerable strain on their voice and their ability to teach multiple lessons without becoming tired or unwell. To improve the acoustic conditions of the classroom, we must design learning environments using products that help absorb and control the noise.
Which Ceiling Tiles are Best for Use in Schools?
The importance of having the correct ceiling tile in the learning environment is so huge that it has been recognised by the UK government. There are now certain performance criteria across the board for new builds and refurbishment works.
When sound waves hit hard surfaces such as walls or floors the noise is reflected back into the room causing noise levels to rise. Noise problems are extremely common in schools today due to an increase in the use of materials such as plaster, metal and glass which all reflect sound.
The criteria set out by the government mainly concern the acoustic performance of a classroom, the suspended ceiling in most instances is the largest surface area of unbroken material that can help absorb sound. Although many other factors contribute to the sound performance of a room, a ceiling tile with a Class C (0.60 Alpha W) sound absorption or higher is considered sufficient for a classroom.
All of our ceiling tiles online are marked with clear sound absorption ratings to help you make a well-informed choice when selecting ceiling ties for your school, college or university. As well as dampening noise, ceiling tiles in schools need to be durable and meet the required fire safety standards. Our friendly staff members have years of experience in recommending ceiling tiles for the education sector and are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.
What do the Ceiling Tile Sound Absorption Ratings Actually Mean?
The ceiling tile sound absorption rating is displayed in alpha waves (Ranging from 1.0 = Best, 0 = Worst). These are then categorised for ease of use into a rating scale (A = Best, E = Worst).
Ceiling Tiles for Schools on a Budget
Of course, for most in the education sector, budgets have a huge impact on the choice of products for classroom refurbishments. Luckily due to many years of experience providing ceiling tiles for this industry, we can suggest effective solutions no matter what your budget. We may also be able to let you know about a different brand of ceiling tile that you may not have considered which could perform just as well but for less money.
If acoustics are considered at the beginning of a new build/renovation then the cost could be as low as 0.5% of the total building cost, whereas if acoustic improvements are needed after project completion then the cost will be considerably higher.
Consider Coloured Ceiling Tiles for Schools
The use of colour is very important within schools and the education sector in general as it can help students stay focused, feel positive and even increase productivity. We offer a range of coloured ceiling tiles so why not enquire and add a splash of colour to your classroom.
An Environment Built for Success
Whether you are looking for ceiling tiles for a gymnasium, classroom, common room, school swimming pool or science lab, with our huge range of products and years of experience we can ensure your school, college or university gets the best product at the best price. Get in touch and let us know how we can help you.