Office drop ceilings are extremely common in the workplace. From large call centers to modern design firms, the majority of workspaces have built-in acoustical ceilings, or drop ceilings, which oftentimes lead to acoustical noise issues. If you’ve ever worked in this type of environment, you understand how easy it is to become distracted by the conversations of others or to have your own conversation overheard.
Creating a quiet office is a key to better work performance and improving the well-being and stress level of employees. According to U.S. General Services Administration “Acoustical comfort is achieved when the workplace provides appropriate acoustical support for interaction, confidentiality, and concentrative work.” One of the primary flanking paths we see is when the office wall does not extend to the true slab above, and the sound simply travels up through ACT (Acoustical Ceiling Tiles) and over the drywall, and then back down on the other side.
To prevent this flanking, you need to either extend the wall up, or add a sound-blocking membrane on top of the ceiling tile, such as our patented DropCeiling Blokker. This product increases the absorption of the drop ceiling, while also adding a mass-loaded barrier that reflects sound back downward.
If you are budget-conscious, then simply adding 3/8″ drywall cutouts will block additional noise, but without the absorption characteristics, the reverberation in the space below may suffer.
Regardless of which option you choose, knowing the flanking path is the first step toward a solution.