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.

View our range of Insulation Pads HERE

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.

View our range of Insulation Rolls HERE

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Comments: 5

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
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 useful and its related to what you are mentioning.
Barrie Dear 17-11-2020 09:34
Can these be used over LED light panels?
Douglas Lawson 10-01-2022 20:15
I live in a semi terraced house in cheltenham. Built in the sixties, the insulation is terrible. I would like a false ceiling installed in an upstairs bedroom. With good insulation.

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