Acoustic ceiling tiles are made from a variety of fibrous, sound-absorbing materials such as wood, cork, or foam. Today, there are many styles, colors, and design choices that were not available 40 years ago. The myth about acoustic ceiling tiles is that they look cheap. With today’s technology, they can be both aesthetically pleasing and functional.
Modern acoustic ceiling tiles are fissured, imitating a variety of different materials, like fabric or stucco, or finishes, like textured paint. The edge treatment can be anything from a creative, beveled design to a seamless look.
A great aspect of any suspended ceiling is that it hides unsightly plumbing, ductwork, and wiring without limiting access to it. At the same time, the interlocking tiles can appear to be one, continuous surface. Add to that the sound-dampening properties, and it's easy to see how acoustic ceiling tiles could be a worthwhile part of your next home improvement project.