Types of wallpaper and their properties

Choosing the right wallpaper can, thanks to its great range of types and designs could be a difficult task. In order to facilitate the choice what we have the most used wallpaper types with their specific properties listed for your

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Paper wallpaper

Paper wallpaper is one of the most used types of wallpaper. It is in many variations for sale and is available in a variety of thicknesses, structures and patterns. Simplex is the cheapest type of wallpaper and consists of one layer of paper. Duplex wallpaper consists of 2 layers and is remarkably stronger. Another variant is woodchip wallpaper. This type of wallpaper consists of two layers of paper where wood fibres. This makes for a rough texture.

Advantages of paper wallpaper

Relatively inexpensive (especially simplex wallpapers and woodchip).
Easy to apply.
Relatively easy to remove with deviated or steamer.

Disadvantages of paper wallpaper

Moisture sensitive and therefore not applicable everywhere.
Usually not washable.
Surface must be level (with the exception of thick types of duplex wallpaper).
Damaged or bad walls are not suitable as surface.
Folding table needed to the wallpaper in to glue.

Non-woven wallpaper (wall covering on membrane)

Non-woven wallpaper is made of textile fibres, paper fibres and synthetic fibres. These basic substances shall be merged in a special process. Non-woven wallpaper is light, sturdy and can easily be painted over. Because it’s easy to process (no paste table needed), is non-woven wallpaper quite popular and very suitable as an alternative to traditional wallpaper based on paper. Non-woven wallpaper is also very popular for the renovation of old walls. The so-called Reno fleece is available in various thicknesses and let there be any wall looking like new again. Reno Web you can buy online.

Benefits non-woven wallpaper

Easy to apply (glue is on the wall, no need in wallpaper for weeks).
Stronger than paper wallpaper, does not tear easily and hardly shrinks.
Easy to remove.
Suitable for walls with light cracking (crazing).
Is breathable (as opposed to vinyl wallpaper).

Disadvantages non-woven wallpaper

Slightly more expensive than paper wallpaper.
Some light-colored types of nonwoven wallpaper are relatively transparent. Any dark spots (or paint) on the wall can shine through. It is recommended that in this case the wall to paint or reno first white fleece to buy.

Types of wallpaper: Vinyl wallpaper

At vinyl wallpaper is the top layer of plastic (vinyl) and the substratum usually out of paper, cotton or fleece. The top layer has a protective effect against moisture and makes the wallpaper in some cases even waterproof. Vinyl wallpaper is available in two types: flat vinyl and foam vinyl. Foam vinyl is often used as smoothing wallpaper.

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Benefits vinyl wallpaper

Some types of vinyl wallpaper are suitable for damp rooms (bathroom).
Usually washable.
Any unevenness in the wall are well camouflaged.
Strong and tear-resistant.

Disadvantages vinyl wallpaper

More expensive than paper wallpaper and non-woven wallpaper.
More difficult to apply than paper wallpaper (vinyl is thicker and heavier, so special glue is needed)
More difficult to remove (steam or deviated means can’t be good by top layer)
Wall can not breathe, blow can arise in some cases.

Types of wallpaper: glass fiber wallpaper

Glass fiber wallpaper is made of strong fibreglass fibres and is suitable to use when wallpapering damaged walls. It may be good against moisture and does not shrink. This kind of wallpaper is mainly sold in a white neutral color you can paint over as desired. In the better paint store you can also buy pre-painted. This type of wallpaper can also well cleaned and even disinfected. Since the rise of nonwoven wallpaper is glass-fibre wallpaper less and less chosen. Non-woven wallpaper has the same advantages as glass fibers without the annoying drawbacks.

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Benefits glass fiber wallpaper

Suitable for bad walls (fissures).
Does not shrink, does not tear and is shock-resistant.
Fire retardant.
Properly clean.

Disadvantages glass fiber wallpaper

Little decorative.
Very tricky to remove (without surface damage).
Rough surface.
Can provocative works (glass fibres).

Types of wallpaper: Textile Wallpaper

Textile wallpaper is made from natural textile fibres (cotton, jute, linen, silk, wool) or a combination of textile fibres and a synthetic material. These types of wallpaper are extremely decorative and give a warm atmosphere to the Interior.

Benefits textile wallpaper

Warm natural look.
Very decorative.
Relatively easy to remove with a steam device.

Disadvantages textile wallpaper

Quite costly.
Attracts dust to (without dirt-repellent coating). Not suitable for people with allergies.
Not moisture-resistant, not easy to clean.