Wallcoverings serve as a major element of a commercial facility’s interior design. By virtue of its cost effectiveness, durability and ease of maintenance, wallcoverings help conserve resources. Moreover, the caliber of the facility, as perceived by the public, is positively influenced.
Awareness of these factors has caused savvy manufacturers of vinyl wallcoverings for the commercial market to design their products with special attention to technical construction.
Vinyl wallcoverings have been developed to functionally outperform other wall surface options, such as plain wallpaper and paint. The aesthetic benefit of vinyl wallcoverings also plays an important role in providing a more soothing and comfortable environment.
Durability and Practicality
Vinyl wallcoverings are extremely abrasion and impact resistant. Specially engineered backing materials result in a highly durable wall surface treatment that lasts three to five times longer than paint, for example, which needs to be reapplied an average of every 15 to 18 months. If material costs, labor expenses and disruption of work productivity are figured into the equation, vinyl wallcoverings emerge as an even more cost-efficient option. In fact, comparative life-cycle costing shows that vinyl wallcoverings offers a 40 per- cent to 60 percent savings over a five-year period.
Vinyl wallcovering products usually are treated with biocides and mildecides that discourage the growth of mold, mildew and fungus. Design For Living’s extensive collection of over 3000 designs have all been treated to the highest quality by distinguished textile engineers and designers.
Additionally, an added benefit is that the vinyl composition makes the wallcoverings microbe and bacteria resistant, a significant consideration for any commercial facility where an antiseptic environment is a main concern.
Stain resistance is of paramount importance to specifiers, and vinyl wallcoverings are constructed for a higher degree of resistance than other wall treatment options to potential staining agents such as ink and oils. Vinyl wallcoverings also stand up well to normal surface soiling in high-traffic areas, such as waiting rooms and corridors.
They are scrubbable; maintenance personnel can apply a little soap and water during cleaning without the worry of fading and damage.
Commercial wallcoverings are produced specifically for use in hotels, apartment buildings, office buildings, schools and hospitals. They are manufactured to meet or surpass minimum physical and performance characteristics set forth in federal guidelines. The guidelines focus on requirements for flammability; tear strength, abrasion resistance, washability, scrubbability and stain resistance.
Type I & II
Type I and Type II refer to vinyl wallcovering only. Type I (light-duty) vinyl is typically used in office areas, hospital patient rooms and hotel rooms. Type II (medium-duty) vinyl is typically used in high-traffic/public areas, foyers, lounges, corridors, offices, hospital wards and classrooms.
Suppliers & Manufacturers
At Present, Design For Living is the largest contract/project line wallcovering supplier in East Africa with a range of over 3000 wallcovering articles. The most renowned manufacturer they stock is Maya Romanoff, whom Ideal Ceramics will be showcasing in both their Westlands and Mombasa Road showrooms.
Romanoff is a celebrated commercial wallcovering manufacturer in the World. The company owes its success to its founder Maya Romanoff who began designing and producing wallcoverings in the 1970s. Today Maya Romanoff is used in every commercial space throughout North America.
The Romanoff Studio line remains true to its founding vision of transforming modern design by combining ancient artistic techniques with the latest in production technology. Established in 1969, Maya Romanoff has consistently pushed technological boundaries to craft some of the most unique, influential designs in wall coverings, utilized in homes and hotels around the world.
Design For Living Ltd
3rd Floor Sarit Centre (below AAR)
+254 731 897 007
Also available at; Ideal Ceramics – Westlands & Mombasa Road
Durability and Practicality