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Give Your Hotel, High Rise, or Apartment a Fresh Look with Brand New Wallcovering

Posted Sep 10, 2014 by Dave Scaturro

A flow of the interior design of your building starts with the structure itself. The first objects you see in a room aren’t always the walls, unless the walls are bare and distracting. Whether a temporary or permanent home, your building is where people live. Why not start and finish their day with walls that give them comfort. The perfect way to take your high rise, apartment, or hotel to the next level is wallcovering; the comeback décor of the season.

First line of business to consider before selecting wallpaper is the amount of traffic the area will encounter. Wallcoverings have two categories: residential and contract. Residential includes paper and natural wallcovering, where traffic is minimal. The durability still exists, but the covering is just a bit more delicate than ones built for high traffic areas. Contract wallcoverings are what contractors would use for high volume areas such as sporting arenas, schools, hotels, and hospitals. Such coverings include vinyl type II goods, which have maximum durability and are easy to clean. Contract wallcoverings are also manufactured to meet physical and performance requirements listed under the Federal Specifications CCC-W-408 which are required by commercial business owners.

The most popular contract wallcoverings include vinyl coated paper, paper backed vinyl/solid sheet vinyl, and fabric backed vinyl. The general categories of these include Type I and Type II. Type I is a light duty category used for office areas, hospital rooms, and in this case, hotel rooms and bedrooms. Type II is a medium to heavy duty wallpaper used in foyers, corridors, and lounges; basically, any area where scuffing could occur.

As far as looks go, hotels, like high rises and apartments, are going for a more sophisticated residential look. Hotels are no longer a stop area on the side of the highway, but a home away from home for most consumers. The look and feel should be designed like a consumer would design their home. As far as the colors go, look around the neighborhood of your residence. You may want to choose a color scheme that has the same feel as the buildings around you. The fabric of the wallcovering should coordinate with the climate of the area. Colder climates require heavier fabrics such as wool, whereas warmer climates entail breathable fabrics like cotton and silk.

Commercial buildings need a Class A Fire Rating. This is why it is vital for your contractor to understand your needs and choose products that meet the regulatory standards. Here at Alpine, we find out exactly what your building requires and walk you step-by-step through every project. With over 39 years of experience installing wallpaper in NJ, NY, CT & PA, we know how to make your wallcovering last and look good for years to come. Give us a call at (973) 279-3200 or email us at Info@AlpinePainting.com to get an estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!

Dave Scaturro
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