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The guidelines provided will support the long term performance of a commercial grade wallcovering product. Locations in corridors, hotels, offices, or any public space receive significant impacts to wall surfaces from daily traffic. A proper installation insures long term performance, and in many cases for 20 years plus.

An effective wallcovering installer is insured, and has visited the job site.

  • Areas in renovation may overlap to occupied areas

  • Evaluate, and protect all surrounding surfaces

  • Clear caution markings installed prior to commencing

  • Implement a people traffic management plan before the first sheet gets installed

  • The wallcovering installer should inspect the scaffold, ladder, or any elevating device for their approval, prior to commencing

  • A qualified, professional commercial wallcovering installer is recommended for the following applications- Video links are provided below for DIY.

Wallcovering delivery:

  • Examine the wallcovering to assure that pattern, color, and quantity is as ordered

  • Organize job-site placement in roll number sequence

  • In cold weather climates for interior temperature acclimation

  • Install wallcovering from the low roll number, to the high- in each dye lot

  • Number and book each sheet to your satisfaction, in reverse panel, or straight panel patterns?

  • Install the first 5 sheets of wallcovering for approval to commence from ownership. This is a good practice to insure seam concealment

Commercial Wallcovering Adhesives:

  • A clear heavy duty commercial wallcovering type adhesive is usually best.

  • Clay based adhesives are sometimes an approved equal, but may damage the wallcovering surface upon contact.

  • Commercial wallcoverings sometimes have a latex clear ecofriendly protective coating, which protects the wallcovering surface

  • The wallcovering installer should not contaminate the wallcovering surface with adhesive.

  • Apply glue generously to the back of the wallcovering at a 1/8” thickness overall.

  • Keep seam edges dry, or blue tape 1”-2” in for a clean overlap, then prepare for the double cut, and wallcovering seam concealment.

Preparation of walls:

  • Surfaces to receive wallcovering must be clean, smooth, dry and structurally sound

  • Loose material must be removed, and prepared to a smooth clean freshly primed surface

  • Fill in all indentations, and smooth down all bumpy surface conditions

  • Remove any existing mildew from walls prior to installation of new wallcovering

  • Prime walls with appropriate primers to seal a new fresh surface to receive wallcovering

  • Use a pencil to mark any wallcovering or wall surface, as pencil will not bleed through the surface

  • Use of ink based markers, and pens are prohibited, and should be spot primed prior to install

  • Walls should have less than 5% contained moisture saturation prior to installation

For reversible wallcovering pattern type installations:

After the first sheet of wallcovering is installed, every other strip of the wall covering should be reversed (hang top to bottom and on the next strip reverse bottom to top) to insure color uniformity. Headers, and panels can cause unsatisfactory shading if installed out of sequence.

Wallcovering Seam concealment:

  • Using the seams overlap – double-cut method is usually better for seam concealment on most wallcoverings

  • Check for pattern repeat measurement

  • Use a metal straight edge, and place it in between the overlap

  • Cut through the overlapping wallcovering

  • Do not “score” the substrate beneath, when double cutting the new wallcovering seam.

  • Abutted seams are another method, and installer should pre-trim edges prior to install

  • Start the first panel using a level for a plumb start line.

  • Layout 54 inch wide wallcovering panels starting from the middle

  • Install next panel from left or right, avoiding seams that land on an outside corner

  • Layout seams 6” away from inside corners for a uniform pattern repeat

Characteristics and Variables of wallcoverings

  • Maintain 55F in both areas of installation and storage

  • Permanent lighting should be in place for installation

  • Temporary lighting may alter the overall appearance, depending on the wallcoverings patterns texture

  • After applying three to five strips of wallcovering, obtain customer satisfaction to proceed

  • Consult manufacturer for non-standard conditions and challenges

Applying New Wall Covering over Existing Wall covering:

  • Installing new wallcovering over existing wall covering is usually prohibited, and will void all fire ratings

  • Existing wall covering should be removed- See item 3 for best preparation practices

  • Installing over existing wall covering can void a Warranty

  • Installing Wall Covering Over Painted Wall covering is not recommended

General specifications, and purchasing Link for Architects, and, Interior Designer wallcovering applications

How to install wallcovering – DIY YouTube videos

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