Most wallcoverings will protect walls from most soiling materials. Stains can be removed easily with a mild detergent. Scrubbing will not diminish the color, texture or beauty of a wallcovering. With flat latex paints, however, many stains can become permanent if not removed immediately. The painted surface can actually absorb soiling agents into its surface. While gloss or semi-gloss paints offer better cleaning characteristics, these protective finishes can be removed during scrubbing leaving a coating that lacks uniformity and visual appeal.



The color and texture of most wallcoverings are solid throughout the entire material. Occasional nicks and scratches are virtually hidden within the beauty of the design and embossing. With limited maintenance, most wallcoverings will maintain a clean and fresh look for years. The only limitations are changing tastes in color, pattern and texture. Painted walls cannot hide the scuffs, stains, mars and discolorations that are inherent in hallways, offices and public spaces. Repainting, the only solution, is disruptive and costly. The life cycle of a painted wall is a mere fraction of the durability of vinyl wallcoverings. Frequent painting will keep the costs high and the space in constant disarray.


With no distinct odors and limited clean-up, most wallcoverings can be installed during normal business hours. Wallcoverings can also compensate for imperfections in a wall or substrate, hiding nicks, scratches and other minor defects. Materials can always be ordered to the exact amount and when needed, surplus can be stored indefinitely. Painting can literally close an area. With fumes and the disorder of painting, the work may need to be done during off-hours, leading to expensive overtime. Neither latex flat nor gloss paints can hide minor imperfections in the wall, and this can lead to greater repair expenses. Paint has a short shelf life and must also be purchased in quantities that may be greater than needed amounts. Because of the frequent need to repaint, these expenses, health risks and personal discomforts are repeated time and time again.


Most wallcoverings provide a durable, textured, modern and unique look that complements other interior furnishings and fabrications. A mix of color and pattern provides highlights that make a room breathe, bringing the dimensions and design of each interior object to life. Embossings create a depth and a natural texture, adding a muted beauty to each wall surface. A wallcovering is never limited in itself, only by the creativity and imagination of the end user. Paint is a limited medium for wall surfaces. It is monochromatic, providing only an overt backdrop for the design of space. There is no depth, no texture, no dimension. Its appeal is limited to flat, solid walls.


Overall, most wallcoverings present a more cost-effective solution to painting. Most wallcoverings outlast paint in durability and upkeep and can be installed efficiently with fewer disruptions. The multitude of colors, patterns, designs and textures provides a canvas for creative expression.