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Shopping for wallpaper can be more confusing than one may think. There are many types of wallpaper to choose from, each one varying in washability and wear and tear. In this article, we will discuss the most common types of wallpaper and weigh the pros and cons of each one.
When choosing between several types of wallpaper, it’s important to remember that specific wallpaper types work best for certain areas. Here are some of the most common types of wallpaper.
Common types of wallpaper
Vinyl wallpaper – This is, by far, the most commonly purchased type of wallpaper. Within the class of vinyl wallpaper, there are three types to choose from
- Vinyl coated – Vinyl coated is probably the least expensive type of wallpaper, and works best in low-traffic areas. There is no much protection offered with vinyl-coated wallpaper and it easily stains and can be difficult to clean.
- Fabric backed – Fabric backed wallpaper is durable, washable, and can be used in heavily trafficked areas of the home. The downside to fabric backed wallpaper is that it does not typically come pre-pasted and will require a little extra work to hang.
- Paper backed – Paper backed wallpaper is the best type of vinyl wallpaper. It comes pre-pasted, is available in a variety of textures and colors, and works well in virtually any area of the home.
Natural wallpaper – A natural wallpaper is a great way to bring texture into a room. They can be purchased in a variety of materials including grass cloth, hemp, jute, and cotton. Natural wallpaper has grown in popularity because it is eco-friendly and the perfect option for the ‘green’ home or office. The downside of using a natural wallpaper is that it will need to be installed by a professional.
Foil wallpaper – If you are looking to give the illusion of a larger space, foil wallpaper will do the trick. This is a light-reflective wallpaper that will brighten up even the darkest of rooms. Foil wallpaper is extremely fragile and can easily rip or tear during installation, thus it should be installed by a professional.
Flocked wallpaper – You may have heard this type of wallpaper referred to as ‘textured wallpaper’. When flocked wallpaper is made, synthetic fibers are applied to give a raised pattern effect. This type of wallpaper may be difficult to clean, but it works very well in disguising wall imperfections.
Fiberglass weaves – Unlike some wallpaper, this type of wallpaper will not peel off when exposed to extreme humidity or moisture. Made of thick strands of material, this is an extremely durable type of wallpaper that will adhere to any surface – including brick or concrete. Typically seen in commercial settings, this type of wallpaper will usually need to be special ordered and installed by a professional.
This list of common types of wallpaper should prove very helpful in choosing which one will work best for you.
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