Wallcoverings is one of the fastest growing areas in the custom print industry. With the advent of today’s large format printers, we can print as little as one roll (52” x 120”). We also are not constrained by having to repeat a pattern every 5 feet like with custom printed wallpaper. We can use a native design that never repeats because we are printing it instead of running it through a rotary drum that repeats the print. This gives us the ability to create works of art. We also have the ability to turn an artist’s work into a wallcovering (with their written permission). Our designers can come up with a new design for you or work with your design.
Wallcoverings can be classified into one of two types: vinyl or commercial grade wallpaper. Vinyl wallcoverings in the past tended to be used for short term applications. Today, vinyl manufacturers are now producing vinyl with acrylic adhesive that will look great for years. The material mimics ordinary paper and comes in a number of textures. One of the advantages of vinyl wallcoverings is that they can be put up without a professional wallpaper hanger. Paper hangers are getting very difficult to find. The vinyl can be put up in a few hours and removed quickly (temporary adhesive) or left up for years (acrylic adhesive). The material holds ink well and is very durable and allows the same features as paper based wallpaper.
Commercial grade wallpaper is much more of a semi to permanent application. The paper can be purchased with adhesive, without adhesive, or with a water activated adhesive. Conservatively speaking, there are hundreds of different types of print stock from no texture to a paper that mimics albacore plaster. Most stock sizes start at 30” and go up to 56” wide.
Wallcoverings fall into one of two types: vinyl or commercial grade wallpaper. Vinyl wallcoverings tend to be used for short term applications. The vinyl can be put up in a few hours and removed equally quick. The material holds ink well but does lack durability, even when laminated. Commercial grade wallpaper is much more of a semi to permanent application. Conservatively speaking, there are hundreds of different types of stock from no texture to a paper that mimics albacore plaster. Most stock sizes start at 30” and go up to 56” wide.
I just painted my walls. How long do I have to wait before we can put up a wallcovering?
In all cases, the least amount of time would be 7 days. This time allows the paint to cure. In some cases, especially with Teflon based paints, we need to test the wall prior to installation as the components that are added to paints to prevent dirt and stains from sticking to it, will prevent vinyl from adhering.
I would like to use commercial wallpaper but I don’t want the design to repeat every 48”. Is there something we can do to prevent this?
Yes. Because we print using digital technology, we can have a print that the design never repeats, or repeats as often as wanted. We can reproduce photos, artwork (with the artists approval) or anything that is wanted.
How long will commercial wallpaper last?
Very much like the wallpaper in grandma’s dining room, it can last for a very long time. The ink will not rub off and the paper is very strong. When we install it, we use a commercial paste and ensure that the edges are sealed.