Your home is a window into your personality. It is a personification of your taste & lifestyle. It’s also the place of comfort & security that you seek after a long day’s hard work. As such, who wouldn’t like to come back to a house which is relaxing and calming? The aesthetic excellence of a ‘wallpaper’ helps you achieve just that and more. Unlike the monotone paint, a wallpaper adds a play of textures and patterns on your walls to bring an artistic touch. Wallpaper comes in a variety of colours & styles to brighten up a living room or add quiet overtones to a den. EcoPro – The leading manufacturer of eco-friendly fibre Cement Board, brings to you guiding tips on buying a wallpaper.
Buying a Wallpaper Roll
Wallpapers are generally sold in rolls of square meters or square feet. Some wallpapers can also come in smaller measurements such as 60cm x 60cm – it all depends on the material & design. The correct way to buy a wallpaper is by calculating the total wall area (total wall length x height) where you wish to paste it. It is advisable to buy more sheet than the area to effectively match patterns.
Types of Wallpapers
There are various varieties of wallpaper such as Liner, Printed, Foil, Flock, Mylar, Bamboo etc while the most common ones are Vinyl, Embossed and Textured. Some types are shiny and smooth to touch while others are 3 dimensional, projecting out of the wall surface. Some are easily washable while others are high maintenance. Many are moisture-resistant while some can even emulate a fire resistant board. Know your requirements and buy accordingly.
Choosing the Right Design
The wallcovering you choose can make a room appear bigger, warmer, and brighter or the exact opposite of it, and even hide imperfections. For instance, cool color backgrounds make a room appear larger; textures can camouflage imperfections of the wall or emulate elements such as marble or wood; A pattern with a layered design such as a floral one can create a perception of 3D; A patternless room can bore you, while a room with too many patterns can cause restlessness; Vertical stripes make a room appear taller while horizontal serves the purpose of making it look wider. You should also take the ceiling color and structure under consideration especially if you already have a false ceiling for hall or bedroom. The best way is to take advice from an interior designer to make the right decisions.
Self-adhesive, Pre-pasted or Dryback
For wallpapers to hold on to the walls, they need an adhesive. Traditional wallpapers are dry rolls which need to be pasted on the walls with the help of an external solution such as a clear adhesive. The self-adhesive version of wallpapers is much easier to install. They come with a covered adhesive strip which needs to be peeled to expose the gluey surface of the wallpaper, post which the paper is simply pushed on the wall. Another variety, the pre-pasted wallpaper, is similar to self-adhesive, except that you need to activate the paste on the back of the paper with water or an activator provided by the manufacturer.
The material composition of EcoPro fire resistant board is such that they encourage the wallpaper to easily stick to them and peel away from them.
Preparing the wall
To achieve the best possible results and a smooth, even appearance, the wall surface needs to be dry, clean, neutral in colour, smooth, even, stable and absorbent before applying the wallpaper. Remove the old wallpaper and clean the wall thoroughly. The electric outlets and switches should be covered with tape. If there are cracks or holes in your wall, apply wall putty with a putty knife, then wait for it to dry. Afterwards, sand it smooth with a fine-grit sandpaper. Paint primer with a brush on the wall to help the paper adhere more effectively.
Here, EcoPro Fibre cement walls need a notable mention as you hardly need to prep them before putting on a wallpaper. They also come with a perfectly even surface which eliminates the extra work of filling gaps or holes.
Putting up the Wallpaper
Apply wallpaper paste to the back of the paper and carefully stick it to the wall. Begin from the top to bottom and left to right to have it pasted evenly. Every time you finish pasting one strip, press and flatten the wallpaper with a brush to eliminate wrinkles and bubbles. Wipe off the excess glue with a wet sponge after letting the wallpaper set for at least 15 minutes.
EcoPro is a manufacturer of fibre cement boards which is a modern and efficient alternative for walls, drywall partitions, soundproof wall panels, exterior cladding panels, etc. The material components are such that they overcome the shortcomings of elementary materials like wood and cement.