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How do you insulate a suspended ceiling?

You’re planning to install a new suspended ceiling. Don’t forget the insulation.

You wouldn’t leave the pipes unlagged or the loft uninsulated, would you? Well, the same should apply to your suspended ceiling. Even without additional insulation (and depending on the type of suspended ceiling tiles you choose), a suspended ceiling can make rooms warmer, easier and cheaper to heat, and acoustically more appealing. That’s because even the act of lowering a high ceiling and adding a gypsum-based suspended ceiling can have a naturally insulating, sound dampening effect.

But for real insulation benefits (that frequently come with acoustic dampening or fire retardant properties too) you’ll need to add additional insulation. Fortunately, you’ll find it’s light, cheap and incredibly simple to install.

Suspended ceiling insulation pads

For our money, by far the simplest form insulation to install above your suspended ceiling is the insulation pad. Each pad is a self-contained pillow of rock or mineral fibre encased in polythene.

To install, simply place a pad on each tile. The low weight of each insulation pack won’t damage the tile, but it will dramatically increase its insulation and acoustic dampening properties.

To realise maximum effect, you’ll need to ensure the entire suspended ceiling is covered, without gaps. That’s most easily achieved by lifting a ceiling tile, filling in the area around it, then replacing the tile, moving a few feet along the ceiling, and repeating.

And because each pad is enclosed, there are no irritating fibres to contend with.

Suspended ceiling insulation roll

Given the additional thickness of thermal ceiling roll compared with some insulation pads, it’s not surprising that you can reduce heat loss even more effectively with ceiling insulation roll.

To fit, the principle is exactly the same as with a regular loft, although here you’ll need to remove a series of ceiling tiles at regular intervals along a straight line, then progress from one to the next, ensuring the roll is laid straight, abutting the prior roll.

Need help finding the right suspended ceiling insulation for you? Get in touch here.

Comments: 4

Ashok Attul 06-02-2019 09:45
Hi. I have a retail shop and has the old rectangle suspended ceiling tiles(not square) Need insulation. Shop is very cold. How good are these for heat and are they fire proof
Steven Rimmington 21-01-2020 00:17
Hey guys a warm welcome from Suspended Ceilings Qld, here in Brisbane Australia. Quite a nice little article you have here. You're absolutely right! insulation can be very important in a suspended ceiling. There are some excellent cost-effective insulation options out there, for acoustic, thermal and ones that do both well. That's where your clients are lucky to have you to help them make the right choice for their ceiling insulation. I'll definitely return here at some point. Of course, you are always welcome to visit me at www.suspendedceilingsqld.com.au to say hi, have a look around a throw a link back here. Take care and keep up the good work.
Donald Mayers 23-03-2020 09:26
I do agree with this article, insulation is essential in suspended ceilings. Great article overall.
Insulation Tauranga 02-05-2020 16:36
Even without additional insulation , a suspended ceiling can make rooms warmer, easier and cheaper to heat, and acoustically more appealing. Quite a nice little article you have here. You're absolutely right! insulation can be very important in a suspended ceiling. Thanks a lot. I have also found this resource insultech.co.nz useful and its related to what you are mentioning.

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