Wallcoverings 101

With so many decorating options, why choose wallcoverings? Commercial wallcoverings are produced to add design, color and durability to every vertical surface in any commercial facility – office buildings, hotels/motels, schools, government buildings, churches, healthcare facilities, retail establishments, restaurants, bars, casinos, and so much more.

For the most part, commercial wallcovering is wider (54”) than traditional residential wallpaper (27”) and is inventoried in large rolls (30 – 50 yards long). It has no adhesive or paste on the back and requires special care when installing to minimize seam exposure, pattern mismatching, and shading.

These wallcoverings can be applied to almost any substrate providing the surface is smooth, dry, primed, and clear of dust and dirt. This would include plaster/gypsum drywall, wood or metal based operable walls, tile/brick/cement block (a liner must first be applied or the surface skim coated).

Basic Categories of Wallcoverings:

Fabric Backed Vinyl Wallcovering is composed of a solid sheet of vinyl film laminated (heat, time, and pressure) to a woven or non-woven fabric backing. The vinyl face film is typically decorated by printing a pattern and then reducing the glare by embossing (adding a texture) to the surface.

Textile/Natural /Synthetic Wallcovering is composed of either natural yarns (silk, cotton, linen, jute, etc.) or made-made fibers (polyester, polyolefin, viscose, etc.). These yarns are woven in small geometric patterns (Dobby loom) or elaborate decorative patterns (Jacquard loom). They are typically 54-55” wide and have a paper or acrylic (liquid coating) backing. These backings keep the adhesive from leeching through during installation, provide an appropriate surface to which the adhesive can adhere, and provide dimensional stability to the pattern so it does not waver or fluctuate on the wall.

Acoustic Wallcovering is composed of synthetic or natural fibers. Synthetic acoustical wallcovering is normally composed of pre-and post – consumer recycled polyester that is laid out in batts, compressed, needle punched to mesh the yarns together, and uses heat to fuse the product to form a smooth backing. Natural acoustical wallcovering is made from natural fibers such as goat hair and is mechanically woven into coils or furrows and is most similar to carpet.

Acoustical Wallcovering is used in commercial projects where noise abatement or reflective sound reduction is required. Typical locations are theaters, auditoriums, recording studios, conference/meeting rooms, etc. Acoustical wallcovering is subjected to testing to determine the amount of sound energy absorbed by the acoustical wallcovering surface. The result is a “NRC” (Noise Reduction Coefficient) rating. The higher the number the more sound that is absorbed.

Specialty Wallcovering is composed of a variety of natural and man-made elements that are laminated to a backing and suitably manufactured or treated to be applied to the wall. The surface elements can be wood veneer, cork, Mylar (plastic), grass/reed, mica, stone, metal, beads, flock, paper, fabric, etc. all of which can be plain or printed. The origin of these elements and products is worldwide and as a result the widths, applications of use, maintenance, and prices vary greatly. Virtually anything that is textural, decorative, and visually stimulating is a candidate to be adhered to the wall.

Dry Erase Wallcovering is a dry erase coating that has been laminated to a fabric back. When installed, this provides a dry erase writing surface for the user.

Wallcoverings are a timeless decorating product. Designers have captured virtually every fashion statement popular today from fresh country looks to upscale modern.

Omni employs an experience staff of wallcovering installers that are fit to handle any challenge. From acoustical grade materials to fine silk fabrics you can rest assured that all materials will be professionally installed. In our next blog post, we’ll take you behind the scenes on a project as wallcoverings get installed.

Source: D.L. Couch







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