Benefits of Acoustic Ceiling Tiles

Acoustic ceiling tiles don’t only provide a benefit to large auditoriums and music studios; they are also a great solution for a residential or commercial space. Adding acoustic ceiling tiles to a room is a much easier and quicker solution to reduce noise pollution  than the alternative of soundproofing, and they can also be aesthetically pleasing.

To explain how some ceiling tiles offer better acoustic performance than others, it’s important to understand the science! When sound waves hit a flat, solid surface, they bounce back. In a large area this can create an echo effect which is intensified by other solid surfaces within the room that the sound waves to bounce off e.g. a solid floor or hard furniture. Acoustic ceiling tiles have porous outer surfaces with an inner core to absorb the sound, made from a permeable material. The sound waves cause the inner core to vibrate, creating a small level of heat. As the sound waves are transferred to heat waves, the sound dissipates, making a quieter environment, which in an office environment can actually lead to employees being more productive as they can concentrate better. An acoustic tile therefore helps to trap the sound waves and prevent any echoing or noise pollution!

The Sektor Pearltone range is ideal where there is a requirement for acoustic ceiling tiles. Tiles are available up to Class A sound absorption and have an equally appealing look, with a smooth, fleece covered surface. Sektor Pearltone ceiling tiles are perfectly suited to either Commercial or public sector spaces due to their crisp white look and acoustic benefits.

 

Your Sektor Pearltone Options:

Pearltone – with up to Class C sound absorption, these tiles have a pure and elegant look with their smooth fleece surface.

Pearltone Alpha – with up to Class A sound absorption, the tile’s smooth fleece surface impresses the design conscious and its absorbency meets the needs of designers with the highest expectations in terms of spatial acoustics.

The perfect match to a Sektor Ceiling is Sektor Partitioning. Both product ranges are engineered for speedy and simple installation with support from a knowledgeable team. To add the finishing touches, why not also include Sektor Lumos, our new range of LED lighting.

 

At Sektor Interiors we have a wide range of ceiling tiles, all with different performances and properties. Sektor Forte is our first ever metal tile range and it comes with a variety of benefits. Metal tiles are perfect for hygiene sensitive environments such as hospitals and schools, due to them being easily wiped down and cleaned.

The Sektor Forte range is made up of three key tiles:

Forte Clip in

Forte Clip in tiles are smooth and flat for a simple finish tile that is ideal for use in kitchens and health care environments as they are easily cleaned. Clip in tiles are quick to mount and dismount offering easy access to the ceiling void.

Forte Lay in  

Forte Lay in tiles offer a flush finish for a simple aesthetic. Lay in tiles are also easy to mount and dismount giving easy access to the ceiling void.

Forte Perforated

With an additional acoustic fleece, Forte Perforated tiles are available to optimise acoustic performance .

Sektor Forte ceiling tiles are the ideal solution for all installation situations – whether it be a new build or a renovation project, integrating seamlessly with Sektor Partitioning for hassle free installation.

Pair any of the Sektor Forte tiles with our brand new range of lighting, Sektor Lumos to create a space that’s bright and clean.

Browse the full range of Sektor Forte products here and request a quote from your local Stockist

The Development of Suspended Ceilings


The history of suspended ceilings

Donald A. Brown is credited in a number of sources as the ‘inventor’ of the dropped ceiling in 1958. Since then, there is no doubt that they have been a huge success. Due to developments in technology it is now much more practical to be able to gain access to your ceiling, where previously there was no use for suspended ceilings.
When suspended ceilings started to become popular, they were built using interlocking tiles. The only way to access a specific tile or ceiling void for inspection or repair, was to start at the edge of the ceiling and remove tiles one by one to reach the desired point. This was time consuming and expensive which led to a new invention which allowed instant access to any tile. Brown filed for a patent for his innovation and it was introduced to the market as an accessible suspended ceiling, which is now a norm in the construction industry.

How suspended ceilings are used today

Modern day commercial ceilings must adhere to a number of standards such as; aesthetics, acoustics, fire protection, insulation and environmental factors, as well as construction and upkeep costs. A suspended ceiling can provide space for a number of useful features such as; heating, ventilation, plumbing and wiring, as well as providing a platform for speakers, LED lighting and cctv cameras.

Suspended Ceilings

Ceilings can also be integrated with partitioning systems so that the tiles, grids and partitions intersect neatly. Partitions can either stop at the underside of the suspended ceiling (providing maximum ease of installation and flexibility), or can run through the ceiling to the underside of the floor slab.

Benefits of suspended ceilings

Suspended ceilings are particularly popular in construction, especially offices and commercial structures, due to the range of benefits they offer, such as:

+ Ease of installation
+ Concealing pipes, wires, HVAC and other unsightly services
+ Easy to remove for repairs
+ More economical than renovation
+ Acoustic improvements
+ Design choices in a variety of materials and colours

To see the ceiling tiles we offer and add them to your quote basket, click here.

Women Within the Construction Industry


Background
There are a number of initiatives in the construction industry to tackle gender diversity. Women make up only 11% of the entire workforce, and only 1% of workers on building sites. In comparison to the rest of Europe, the UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers, and account for only 14% of entrants to engineering and technology courses at University.

Woman within construction

This industry has been pretty static in terms of gender ratios for a fairly long time. Some areas have a more equal ratio, for example, the design industry, whereas the manual careers industry show a minimal proportion of women.

Moving forwards

In terms of the future, the way to even out this gender ratio would be to make the career option more appealing to the younger generation. There is also a lack of female role models within the industry which led to Alethea Watson mentoring a scheme called Volunteer It Yourself (VIY), this scheme helps young people learn different building skills whilst they work on community construction projects.

So far 38% of sign-ups for the VIY scheme have been female, according to its sponsors Wickes. This is much higher than national averages within the industry. As a result of the push to encourage more women to enter the construction industry, it is predicted that in 2020, women will make up 26% of the UK’s construction workforce.

As well as trying to reach out to the younger generation, the construction industry has experienced some other changes. Maternity rights for all employees have now been protected by law and many organisations now offer the option to work from home, making the industry more appealing to women. The difference in pay has also started to become closer between men and women, leading to everyone having the same opportunities for promotions too.

Although there have been a number of big steps towards introducing more women into the construction industry, there is still a long way to go, but there are lots of schemes to promoting this change which will lead to narrowing the gap.

The Benefits of Office Partitioning


The structure of traditional office space is starting to leap forward with changes in office designs and refurbishments happening all over the country. With a move towards a bespoke, functional, modern design the standardised office design with empty walls and generic meeting rooms is now a thing of the past.

In the last few years office partitioning has proven to be a success for many office designs and refurbishments due to not only being affordable but also a relatively easy and effective way for businesses to create an individual custom look and feel.

People perform at their best in a surrounding that is calming and inspirational – in a working environment that’s light, quiet and comfortable. A healthy workspace encourages happiness and well-being, which in turn leads to more efficient and productive work.

Partitioning ranges offer the end user complete flexibility, choice and affordability as well as providing confidence that the product is and will remain solid and durable.

Office Partitioning

Flexibility is provided throughout with decisions being made on the type of material which will be used, the layout of where the partitioning needs to be located in the office and finally the design, how will it look when it all comes together.

Choice is given when the end user can select different materials, colours and finishings. With the Sektor partitioning range users have the choice of pairing the glass with hardwood frames to create a dramatic look or with Sektor 30 to create an environment that not only offers complete privacy but also the opportunity for occasional meetings and informal work spaces.

As the partitioning tends to be fitted into the existing space available most of the building itself remains intact. There is a lack of structural alterations and the advantage of not having to use brick and block means that both money and time can be saved making it more affordable for all.

Sektor partitioning are by no means flimsy structures, with varieties of solid frames and versatile safe and strong materials that are able to withstand a typical daily office wear and tear.

The Sektor partitioning range is a complete interior solution for imaginative designers and specifiers, skilled installers and high-achieving end users who are after components that go together quickly and easily leaving a long standing attractive design.

It is clear to see the advantages of office partitioning but knowing what is best for your office space can be difficult. Contact us to discuss your needs, to find your local stockist click here. View our full Sektor partitioning range by clicking here.

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Product Focus Blog Sektor 30


Elegant frameless, single-glazed partitioning.

All Sektor products can be manufactured and made specifically for you with a bespoke design. There is no limit to possibility with your partitioning system being engineered purely for your needs.

Sektor 30 brings light and structure to a space and can be installed rapidly with glass that stretches from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling, giving you no barriers to productivity.

Sektor 30

 

Features and Benefits

Sektor 30 is easily customised with glass graphics and door frames to create your inspired space. The joints are nearly invisible creating a seamless and elegant wall of glass. Our partitioning systems can also grow with your business by being dismantled and relocated when change is needed.

Sektor 30 has up to 30 minutes of fire protection and 39db sound reduction.

Performance and Tech

Acoustics Up to 39dB
Fire Protection Up to 30 minutes
Height Up to 3300mm
Weight Up to 37.5kg/m2
Deflection Head +/- 25mm
Blinds & Graphics Yes

*Please note that acoustic results from laboratory tests will differ from actual on-site performance, although they are a useful guide for initial specification purposes.

Let Sektor Lumos Bring Your Room To Life


We are proud to introduce our brand new range of lighting, Sektor Lumos. These LED panels are the perfect addition to any Sektor Ceiling or interiors project. If you replace your existing halogen or fluorescent tube lighting with LED panels, you could benefit from; a superior lighting experience, lower electricity bills and an energy usage reduction of up to 90%.

To ensure we have the perfect light solution to fit your interior requirements, there is a choice of a bright white light (6000k), or a warmer, softer tone (4000k). 

The lighting panels are supplied with a basic driver, however, this can be substituted with a dimmable driver for additional performance. The standard size of most commercial suspended ceiling tiles is 600x600mm. Sektor Lumos panels have therefore been made to the same size to offer a seamless fit as well as quick and easy installation. Sektor Lumos are just 10mm thick, the slimmest of its kind in Europe! As these lights are flicker free, they are excellent for those who are photosensitive, particularly migraine sufferers. An emergency backup unit is also available, as well as all Sektor Lumos products having a 5 year warranty.

Sektor Lumos

To request a quote on Sektor Lumos lighting click here.