Commercial Wallcovering of New England
Commercial wallcovering is one type of project that we undertake regularly. For the average person, the word “wallcovering” normally brings to mind a residential setting in which wallpaper is being applied. However, commercial wallcovering can encompass a much larger variety of applications.
Business locations and public settings often need a particular type of commercial wallcovering based on the type of activity that takes place at that location. For example, the hallway of an elementary school might have a wall that displays a large mural art piece. That same wallcovering would not be appropriate in a hospital’s surgical operating room, where vinyl would be a better choice. And the lobby of a luxury hotel would require something different yet again. Having been in this industry for over 25 years, we are familiar with the different commercial wallcovering requirements and can help you with these choices.
When considering options for commercial wallcovering, there are a few factors that come into play:
How resistant is the wallcovering to staining?
If the environment is one in which drinks or other liquids are often present, this is important. A good example would be a diner or restaurant – the wallcovering will most likely have coffee or soda spilled on it, and those liquids (or others) should not soak in to the wallcovering.
Is it easily washable?
This is somewhat related to staining. If something is spilled, even if the wallcovering is not stained, it needs to be cleaned. You should be able to wipe it down with a sponge and a mild detergent.
Can you scrub it?
Scrubbing is a little more intense than just washing. You may need to use a brush, detergent and some elbow grease to get it clean. If the commercial wallcovering is scrubbable, this type of cleaning will not damage it.
Is the color affected by exposure to light?
If the commercial wallcovering is in an area that has constant exposure to the sun from a window, it may lose its color over a period of time. Different wallcoverings are more resistant to this fading.
Is it resistant to abrasion?
If the environment is one in which the walls are prone to be scraped, rubbed or scratched, you will want to choose a wallcovering that will not show damage from these actions.
Is it able to be peeled?
Peelability refers to the fact that there are usually a few layers of material in a wallcovering. The substrate is the layer that is directly against the wall, and the decorative surface is that layer that you see when you look at the wall. If the wallcovering is peelable, this just means that you can take off the outer (decorative) layer and leave the substrate on the wall. It can then be used as a base for hanging whatever new wallcovering goes on.
Is it able to be stripped?
This is slightly different from peeling. If a wallcovering is strippable, you will be able to remove all of the layers (including the substrate) without having to use water or any chemicals. At that point you are down to the bare wall, and ready for new wallcovering to be applied.
There are several options for commercial wallcovering:
- Vinyl – Vinyl is often seen in hospitals, hotels, and restaurants. Vinyl wallcovering is known primarily for its durability. It is very easy to clean and comes in a wide variety of colors.
- Wallpaper – The design possibilities for wallpaper are virtually endless; it’s hard to make a bad choice here.
- Murals – A well-done mural can give an otherwise bland wall some real personality. It makes a room very noticeable and memorable.
- Hand painted paper – This is somewhat similar to standard wallpaper, except the art is unique. It is not generated in mass amounts at a factory; it is created just for the room you are decorating.
- Fabrics – There are a variety of other materials that can be used for commercial wallcovering. A fabric wallcovering offers so many options for textures – everything from oriental silk to paper-backed textiles
- Custom applications – Here is where the only limit is your imagination. If you have some ideas, let’s discuss them and see how we can make it happen.
We offer commercial wallcovering in New England, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and New York.