Vinyl wallpaper is the most durable wallpaper option. It can take a beating and keep on ticking in comparison to paper and non-woven wallpaper.
Types of Wallpaper
Also known as lining paper, this type of wallpaper is made from paper or fiberglass. It is effective for hiding wall defects and minimizing repairs, and it can be a base for more delicate wallpaper types. It can be used alone, and maybe even painted. Moreover, it is easy to apply and remove.
This type is commonly used and available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
This type is commonly used and available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. The digitally-printed wallpaper is normally cheaper than the hand-printed, and it can be mass-produced, but it could be torn easily. Also, the printing ink is water-based, so it’d better not be used in kitchens and bathrooms.
This type of wallpaper is composed of printed paper coated with layered vinyl. It is the most commonly used type of wallpaper, currently, because of its high durability. The thicker the vinyl coating layer is, the more durable the wallpaper will be. Vinyl paper can be used in kitchens and bathrooms, as it can of withstanding steam. It is can also be washed, making for easy maintenance.
A polished metal foil is used as a base for this type to give the interior space a shiny metallic effect. Due to its high reflectivity, foil wallpaper highlights wall defects. So, the base wall needs to be repaired, treated, or covered with lining paper first. The lining and adhering process need to be neat enough, not to ruin the foil’s reflectivity and shine.
Flock wallpaper is distinct for its fuzzy three-dimensional patterns, created from a velvet-like fiber that is printed on a base of the paper. It is one of the most expensive wallpaper types, yet it is hard to maintain. Its velvety texture reflects a sense of luxury; however, it is not washable and could be hard to remove. Accordingly, it is best used for rooms with lower traffic, like the master bedroom or guest room.
Mylar wallpaper comprises a printed paper base and a polyester film applied on top of it. It has a wet or shiny appearance, kind of similar to foil wallpaper, and likewise, it highlights wall defects, so prior paper lining is recommended. The polyester film makes it possible to wash Mylar wallpaper, and it is also easy to remove. However, further care should be given to the installation process to avoid creasing the paper. It is most commonly used for kitchens and bathrooms.
This type is handcrafted from natural bamboo and glued to paper. It is environmentally friendly, and its hue varies from one roll to another owing to its natural base. However, it requires delicate treatment when gluing and installing as the adhesives can ruin its appearance, and it is not washable.
textile wallpaper - one of the most expensive options that look elegant, stylish, decorative
Why use Wallpaper?
Wallpaper may be more expensive than paint but it has many types; some of which are quite affordable.
It is available in a wide variety of designs, patterns, and surface finishes.
There are many ways to attach the wallpaper to your walls which include: paste the wall, paste the paper, and peel and stick.
Wallpaper, and especially the peel-and-stick, can be easily removed and replaced.
Some types can last for more than 15 years.
Many wallpaper types are washable.
Some types can be used for busy areas at home owing to their durability and easy maintenance.
Wallpaper can, also, be used to personalize temporary homes, like dorms and rentals, since it can be easily installed and removed without leaving traces.
It can cover uneven walls and hide the defects easily, with little initial preparations.
Wallpaper can be considered eco-friendly, since it can be purely manufactured from natural materials, and its adhesives do not contain harmful chemicals.
Why not use Wallpaper?
It is more expensive than paint.
Traditional wallpaper is difficult to maintain and remove.
The edges may separate from the wall, especially in damp weather, and need to be reattached or pasted.
Patterns need to be matched and well-aligned together. That requires a good deal of accuracy.
It can’t be applied on raw concrete and textured walls.
Wallpaper colors may be affected by light and shadow. Parts that are exposed to sunlight daily could burn out.
The more fragile types of wallpaper may not last more than 5 years.