Exposed or not? Get to know the benefits of an exposed soffit ceiling solution

A ceiling is the overhead interior surface that gives the final touch for how the room feels and sounds. Many different types of ceilings are applied in buildings, but the most common ones are exposed and suspended ceilings. We highlight the benefits and show you how Rockfon Eclipse helps to unleash your creativity.

Product mosaic featuring Rockfon Eclipse Islands, Rockfon Universal Baffle and Rockfon Mono Acoustic

Rockfon Eclipse Islands, Rockfon Universal Baffle and Rockfon Mono Acoustic

A ceiling protects and gives space for mechanical, electrical and ventilation installations. They're the surface where you install speakers, lighting fixtures, fire and smoke detectors and so much more. But what advantages do you have when choosing an exposed soffit ceiling solution?

What are the benefits of exposed soffit ceiling solutions?  

In some buildings, the interior calls for an “unfinished” ceiling and then expose the structural and mechanical components. That’s exposed soffit ceilings solutions. It offers economic advantages and ease of accessing the installations for maintenance. It can also expose the thermal mass where you can install heating or cooling elements that are easy to access.  

The open ceiling trend is getting popular as it offers more design flexibility and lighting options. It gives an industrial look and making the rooms look more spacious as you’ve more height. Many architects like the qualities of exposed soffit as it usually suits the design vision of the building. However, by removing the suspended ceiling tiles there is a need to replace the lost acoustic benefits.  

The advantages are many but some of the important ones to highlight are the following:  

  • You will get more natural light in your interior as you have the feeling of more space where the light can reflect.  
  • A better indoor climate as the hot air has somewhere to travel. With the higher ceiling height, you give the hot air a place to travel to, so it makes your spaces feel cooler and more pleasant.
  • Creativity! You can be creative with how to make the interior stand out. You can add a raw element to the design as you expose the ventilation or other installations giving it an industrial touch. Or play around with different frames or islands to add that extra thing for the interior to stand out.  

What acoustic products can I choose when I want an exposed soffit ceiling solution?  

Rockfon UniversalTM Baffle

Creative and innovative acoustic solutions, available in Universal White and 33 inspiring colours from the Rockfon Color-all range.   

Rockfon HumitectTM Baffle  

Flexible free-hanging acoustic solutions, perfect for humid or harsh indoor environments or for areas that require regular cleaning. 

Rockfon IndustrialTM Baffle  

Functional free-hanging acoustic solutions that are suitable for noisy industrial environments. Control the noise and create comfortable soundscapes. 

Rockfon Contour Baffle®  

Economic and aesthetically pleasing, frameless acoustic baffles that are suspended from the ceiling and absorb the noise so the area is comfortable and enjoyable to concentrate in. They are very easy and quick to install. 

Rockfon Eclipse®  

Innovative and aesthetically pleasing frameless acoustic ceiling island, offering excellent sound absorption and supplied in a smooth, deep-matt, super white surface providing high light reflection, light diffusion and anti-static properties, extending its product lifetime. 

When to install an exposed soffit solution? 

You probably wonder when you should install an exposed soffit ceiling solution, and we can recommend installing it:  

  • If a traditional suspended ceiling technically is not right. In the case of a thermal mass building then an exposed soffit solution can be the right solution for you 
  • If a different ceiling design is needed, and the more traditional ceiling solutions don’t fit the profile. Then you can install an exposed soffit solution to have an acoustic improvement  
  • If you want to room acoustic improvements, then an exposed soffit solution is your go-to choice as it comes in three different types of ceiling design. You can choose between tiles bonded to the soffit, suspended baffles and suspended islands.   

Where acoustic solutions meet unlimited creativity  

Rockfon Eclipse is the ideal solution for bringing a new aesthetic dimension to any space while improving the acoustics – all at the same time. The versatile range of stone wool islands come in a variety of custom shapes and an inspiring palette of colours.  

Combine design and acoustic performance 

An innovative and aesthetically pleasing frameless acoustic ceiling island is Rockfon Eclipse. They’re well suited for a wide range of applications from offices, education, restaurants to the retail offering excellent sound absorption and supplied in a smooth, deep-matt, super white surface. The smooth surface gives a high light reflection, light diffusion and anti-static properties, extending its product lifetime. It’s easy to install and the flexible possibility along with the wide selection of shapes and colours are every designer’s dream.  

Any shape, any colour – outstanding acoustics  

Rockfon Eclipse is available in custom colours specified using the Natural Color System® (NCS) to make the acoustic ceiling islands a perfect match. It’s a competitive and versatile island solution as it’s easy and quick to install. It can be hung from different kinds of structures such as concrete, wood or steel) using Rockfon spiral anchors and Rockfon Eclipse suspension system.  

It’s a flexible fit for any application as it has great thermal measurements so the airflow easily can flow freely.  

For new builds, Rockfon Eclipse islands are well suited to spaces where suspended ceilings cannot be installed, where the acoustics are particularly challenging, or the design calls for a ceiling that is out of the ordinary. They can also be used to enhance the acoustics of existing or historic buildings, making them the ideal choice for refurbishing projects.