FAST FACT: Depend has installed over half a million yards of wallcovering!
Many people enjoy the aesthetic value of wallpaper versus paint, but the benefits of wallpaper extend to economic advantages.
According to the latest Hite Report, developed for The Bell Systems by Jim Hite, lifecycle analysis shows that wallcoverings now last five times longer than paint, under normal usage conditions.
Most vinyl wallcoverings can retain their original beauty and performance characteristics for at least 15 years, whereas a painted surface must be cleaned more frequently to maintain its appearance, and generally requires repainting approximately every three years.
While the initial investment is higher, choosing vinyl wallcovering over paint can result in a savings of 30% or more over time.
Types of commercial wallpaper
Wallcoverings manufactured for use in commercial use are created to withstand the rigors of high traffic and increased wear-and-tear and meet or surpass the minimum physical and performance characteristics set forth in Federal guidelines (Federal Specifications CCC-W408).
Whether you are covering walls in hotels, apartment buildings, office buildings, schools or hospitals, the commercial wallpaper is manufactured to meet certain requirements for flammability, tear strength, abrasion resistance, washability, scrubbability, and stain resistance.
These wall coverings are mostly made of man-made polyester and olefin fibers, and are rated for special sound absorption by the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NCR). This rating indicates the amount of sound absorbed into the wall … the higher the number the greater the noise absorption. Ideal for use in meeting rooms, offices, theaters, auditoriums, restaurants, corridors, and elevator lobbies.
Polyolefin/Synthetic Textile Wallcoverings
Looking for a natural textile appearance on your facility walls? These woven and non-woven looking wallcoverings provide this appearance while adding stain and abrasion resistance. Ideal for high traffic areas.
Non-woven Textile Wallcovering – This covering is soft, flexible, and acoustically absorbent, yet ideal for high-traffic areas. It has a “self-healing” quality that makes it perfect for “tackable” walls and its pill/fuzz resistance makes it also compatible with Velcro.
Woven Textile Wallcovering – This wallcovering is transparent and enables the sound to pass through the textile, to be absorbed by a backerboard underneath the textile. It is made with yards woven at 90 degree angles to each other, similar to a grid pattern.
Digital wallcovering come in the form of borders, murals, and other patterned wallcoverings, and enable the designer to have an almost unlimited supply of designs, ideas, and colors.
Foils – Foil wallcoverings were very popular in the 1960s and 1970s and are highly decorative. They are comprised of a thin sheet of metallic material with a paper or fabric substrate. Sucessful installation requires a very smooth surface and extreme care during installation.
Mylar (by DuPont) – These wallcoverings provide an extremely reflective surface that has an appearance of foil, but is not as stiff. They are made with vacuum-metallized polyester film laminated to a substrate.
These wallcoverings use organic materials for the finish/face of the wallcovering. They can be nonwoven, woven, or bonded finishes that may, or may not have a substrate (backing).
Cork – This option is made from cork planks or blocks and laminated to a substrate. It can be colored or plain, and provides some sound resistance. Great for use as a wall bulletin board. .
Grass Cloth – Made with woven grasses bonded to a paper substrate.
Leather/Suede – Provides the deep richness of leather or suede. Ideal for masculine office décor.
Jute – These wallcoverings are made with fibers extracted from the inner bark of plant stems, such as flax, jute, hemp, and ramie.
Silk –This sophisticated covering is made from the natural filament fibers produced by the silkworm in the construction of its cocoon.
Wood surfaces – These are natural wood veneers.
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