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Acoustic ceiling panels to the rescue

Acoustic ceiling panels

The problem

A problem presented itself in a fast-food chain that I do maintenance for regularly, regarding dirty acoustic ceiling panels. The existing foam had dirt stains on them and all attempts to clean them had failed. Instead of replacing the existing product, it was decided to search for a cleanable solution for the future.

SCQ teamed up with Ben from Dovetail Project Solutions to get the job done. Ben has an impressive skillset and often works together with SCQ to create solutions to a wide array of problems. Sadly there isn’t a wide range of retrofit acoustic solutions on the market today, at least not cleanable flush mount panels.  Steve suggested a ceiling tile might be able to do the job. These acoustic ceiling panels, however, are designed to be fitted in an exposed ceiling grid system, with the edges of the tiles normally covered by the edge of the grid.  With this in mind, the coating on the surface of the tiles does not continue up the verticals edges.  Furthermore, these tiles are meant to be supported from the edges and cannot be fixed through the face of the tile.

Acoustic ceiling panels
Pictured is AMF Aquatech ceiling tiles retrofitted into clear anodised aluminium frames.
The Solution

AMF Knauf Thermatex Aquatec 1200 x 600 acoustic ceiling panels are designed to repel water,  be cleanable and reduce ambient noise. The white fleece finish on these tiles looks amazing, setting it apart from other more common acoustic tiles.  Aquatec is tested to over 2000 cleaning cycles making them an excellent choice where cleaning may be necessary. The NRC rating also comes in at .90  with most common acoustic tiles hovering around .60 (obviously higher is better).

To mount the acoustic ceiling panels, aluminium frames were constructed by Ben and then installed as a team. Extra support was required in the ceiling for some of the frames, to ensure they pull up flush and stay in position. The tiles can be slid in and out of the frames allowing for cleaning and replacement if ever required.

The results are both practical and look great!

Useful Links

While your reading check out Ben’s website at  this guy really knows his stuff.

Read here for the full review on Aquatech ceiling tiles

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