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Wall painting vs. wallpaper: which is the best option for your commercial property?


With wallpaper once again enjoying some time in the spotlight, more and more questions arise about paint versus wallpaper – which is better? We know how different one customer's preferences can be compared to the next, which is why there is no set correct answer to the question of which is best, but there are situations where it may be more beneficial to choose paint simply because of of environmental factors on a property.

At Ja Pinturas e Reparos, we are professional painters, but we also help our customers with all types of wall coverings, including wallpaper. We can help guide you to the right decision, one that will be right not just for your tastes, but for your facility.

Paints in commercial buildings, warehouses and facility interiors

At Ja Pinturas E Reparos, we know that each individual building has specific needs, so we'll choose the perfect paint for your installation, whether it's an office building, warehouse or industrial facility – any type of commercial installation – we have the knowledge regarding paint techniques. interior painting, the right brands of paint to use, and all aspects of a commercial paint job that will produce professional results.

From high traffic areas to a cubical office, there's a right ink and a wrong ink to use. Rather than going through an expensive trial-and-error process, choose the right painting contractor and see immediate results.

Wallpapers in your commercial interior design

If you're looking for something to give your commercial space a little more style, wallpaper might do the trick. By choosing the right color/pattern, you can cover your functionality goals as well as cater to your unique sense of taste that gives your commercial property the panache that wows clients.

The difference between residential wallpaper and the product that professionals install in commercial properties is that residential wallpaper is usually a little thinner than the paper we install for commercial clients. Public spaces often get more traffic, so the paper has to be more durable. Due to stricter building standards, you will find that there are fewer pattern choices than in residential wallpaper, but there are still plenty to choose from.

Key factors to consider when deciding between paint and wallpaper

If you're on the fence about which one to choose – paint or wallpaper – you're not alone. Many of our clients come to us somewhere in the middle and need help feeling confident they are making the right decision.

Fortunately, there are some key factors you can consider that will help you make this decision. In some cases, it all comes down to the amount of prep work required to get a job.

Check the following to find out what's best for you:

  1. Wall surface preparation
  2. Appearance and variety options
  3. Durability
  4. Maintenance
  5. Expense

Wall surface preparation: which method requires the most preparation?

Downtime is a huge deal breaker for commercial properties that need to be open for business. Downtime can completely alter what seemed like a solid plan from the start. For example, if your project involves removing old wallpaper, which is a time-consuming task, you need to consider this before proceeding.

But it's not just the wallpaper that requires a lot of pre-work. If you plan on painting your property, but there are several areas that need repair before primer and paint can be applied, you'll also have to factor that into your schedule. When it comes to which process takes longer – preparing walls for painting or wallpapering – it almost always takes longer to prepare walls for papering.

Preparing the wall for painting

Depending on the state of the walls, prep done before painting can include everything from filling small nail holes to repairing large holes and missing drywall. This may include a cold or hot water wash or even an ice blast if there is a significant buildup of organic material. Some jobs call for the use of a solvent to remove grease and dirt, and others call for sandblasting.

Professional painters will also ensure that all electrical conduits and control boxes are not exposed during the priming process and that all areas that could be splashed with cleaning solution or paint are covered before priming work and painting begins. At JAPER we take the preparation process very seriously.

Wall preparation for wall cladding

Before beginning a wall cladding project, most contractors will go to great lengths to ensure the surfaces are ready for application. This may include removing all switch and outlet plates, wall fixtures, and any type of electrical obstructions. Surfaces must be clean and dry to ensure there are no holes, dents or imperfections. If there is glossy or semi-gloss paint on the surfaces, they will need to be sanded/dulled to ensure the paper adheres properly.

Newly installed drywall will need to be dusted for proper adhesion. The most important part of wallpapering prep is ensuring the surface is clean and structurally sound enough to accommodate the wallpaper, which shrinks and contracts as it cures, causing stress in the walls. Your contractor will need to be especially careful with these tasks before putting in the paperwork.

So which one takes more time and effort? It really depends on the state of the surfaces. However, all things being equal, there is usually more work involved in preparing the walls for wallpaper.

Appearance and variety options

One thing you don't have to worry about when choosing paint or wallpaper is that there are many, many style and color options for both. In most situations, it's a taste preference. However, your choice may also be dictated by the space you are in. For example, if your space feels a little cramped, you might opt ​​to paint because using the right shade of paint can make the space feel larger than it actually is. This is more difficult to achieve with wallpaper.

Fortunately, your choice of colors is nearly limitless across paints and wallpapers, so if getting the right hue is important, you should be covered. You should also consider the gloss of the paint, which can be controlled by the amount of gloss in it. Likewise, wallpaper comes in vinyl, which can also provide the sheen you're looking for.

Types of paint and finishes

Given the paints available today, your imagination is the only limit to the colors you can choose. But there's more than just colors to consider. Let's look at the various options you have at your disposal.

The different types of paints and finishes available:

latex based paints

It is a water-based paint similar to acrylic in that it is made from acrylic resin. This is a popular product for larger areas and is flexible, meaning it can expand and contract when the temperature changes.

oil based paints

Containing linseed oil or a synthetic alkyd oil as a base, this type of paint is generally a more affordable option and offers a high degree of durability. It adheres well to metal and is beneficial to wood. It should also be noted that oil-based paints take a long time to dry.

textured paints

Although it takes longer to mix and apply, textures can be added to paints to give your surfaces an interesting look. If you are a fan of artificial finishes, the textured paint will impress you. It can also be used to hide imperfections.

flat paints

A shortcut to painting a wall with numerous imperfections is to use smooth or matte paint, which helps to hide small blemishes and even some larger imperfections. Flat paint also absorbs more light than glossy paint.

egg shell paint

Eggshell is the common term used to designate low-gloss paints. That's not to say it won't bounce light off its surface, because it can achieve that effect without looking overly shiny.

semi-gloss paints

When you think of semi-gloss, you might think of “satin finish”. If you want something with a little more sheen than eggshell, then semi-gloss paint will be the ideal option for you. Light will bounce off semi-gloss much more easily than it will on an eggshell finish.

bright paints

The most reflective of paint types, glossy paints have layers of oil or acrylic that help them shine. When light hits this paint, you'll see the light source instead of a stray effect that less bright paints will provide.

Need help choosing the ink that best suits your needs? At Ja Pinturas e Reparos, we work with all types. We know what will work in your space. We also consider your color preferences to ensure you are 100% satisfied with the end result.

types of wallpaper

It's easy to go down a rabbit hole considering all the different types of wallpaper on the market today. From flowers to stripes, colors that make bold statements to softer colors for a more understated appeal – there's something for everyone. The following are some of the most popular options available today.

Types of wallpapers:

lining wallpaper

Often used to smooth a wall, liner wallpaper is great for when you want a material that will reduce the risk of stains and provide a durable surface for a high-traffic area.

printed wallpaper

Printed wallpaper has a history dating back to the early 1500's, so it's a time-honored choice. From elaborate shapes and colors to patterns ranging from trees to flowers and anything in between, printed paper offers a variety of options.

vinyl wallpaper

Thick, washable, and durable, vinyl wallpaper is another popular option that can even withstand steam. Often paper-based, this product is coated with acrylic vinyl or polyvinyl chloride, which gives it a shine and durability.

leaf wallpaper

Varied and dramatic, leaf wallpaper is made from fine metallic foil and can come in any color and pattern. It can really brighten up a dark room and add an element of reflection that other materials can't match.

herd wallpaper

This material resurfaced on the scene about 15 years ago. Originally popular in the 1600s and derived from scraps of fabric to look like velvet, today's flock is made from acrylic fibers but retains the same finish as old flock wallpaper.

mylar wallpaper

Printed on a paper backing, mylar wallpaper consists of a polyester film that covers the surface of the paper, giving it durability and a wet, shiny appearance. It shares visual similarities with aluminum foil.

bamboo wallpaper

A high-quality option, bamboo wallpaper has antiseptic qualities, meaning it prevents moss or mildew from growing, making it one of the few materials that can be installed in bathrooms and kitchens. It is an environmentally friendly option, but is known for its natural beauty.

Obviously, you can make many choices. Need help choosing the most suitable for your spaces. Ja Pinturas e Reparos has a history of assisting customers with everything they need and we can guide you through all your options.

Durability: What lasts longer – paint or wallpaper?

Durability is an important factor for customers who want their surfaces painted or wallpapered to last a long, long time. So which one is more durable?

How durable is the ink?

Paint is often recognized as a very durable option and probably the best choice for moisture-prone areas, but paint doesn't last longer than wallpaper in most situations. The environment plays a big role in how long the painting lasts. For example, you would be more apt to paint bathrooms, which are subject to a lot of moisture, with a gloss finish that helps repel water. Painting a bathroom with matte or eggshell paint would produce less than desirable longevity results.

Whether it's just a fine layer of dust or something more substantial like a stain, at some point you're going to have to clean your walls, and you don't want to scrub the paint off while you're doing it. Gloss and semi-gloss paints are the least likely to succumb to rubbing pressure. A particularly stubborn stain on a matte finish will likely require "elbow grease" which can cause the paint to run. For this reason, it's helpful to keep extra paint on hand so you can touch up as needed.

How durable is the wallpaper?

When cared for, wallpaper can last 15 years or more. This is longer than most people would like to keep it because as trends come and go the wallpaper can be changed to match what's relevant or just to provide a "change of scenery". The good news is that in commercial applications such as high traffic areas such as restaurants and hospitals, recreational buildings and offices, wallpaper can hold up very well. The only caveat regarding wallpaper and its durability is that you should avoid hanging it in areas that receive excessive moisture.

It's important to choose wisely when you have a contractor paint or install the wallpaper for you, because only the most reliable and reliable contractors will be able to do this in such a way that you get the most out of your choice. And all types of materials are vulnerable to collision, so if you have high traffic areas in your home or business, the faster repairs are made to your surfaces, the longer they will last.

Maintenance: Is it easier to clean paint or wallpaper?

In a perfect world, your surfaces would remain free of bumps and smudges, but accidents do happen. The severity of your problem will depend on the type of paint or wallpaper you have on the surfaces. For example, your vinyl wallpaper is almost always washable, while your velvety flocked wallpaper can be ruined when presented with the right kind of stain.

So the sleeker you get with your wallpaper, the less able to get rid of dirt, grime, and smudges. Also, your glossy paint will be much easier to clean than eggshell or matte paint. As a general rule, paint is almost always easier to clean than wallpaper.

paint cleaning

It's widely known that most paints are easier to clean than wallpaper, with the exception of textured paint where an aggregate is used, which can be quite difficult to clean compared to something with a sheen like a gloss finish. If you have areas on your property that are heavily trafficked and you know they tend to get dirty, it's almost always wise to paint these areas instead of wallpapering.

From the easiest to clean to the most difficult, the types of paint would follow this order: glossy, semigloss, eggshell finish, smooth or matte finish. Take this into account when planning your painting project and let the contractor know which areas are used the most and are most at risk of getting dirty.

wallpaper cleaning

Cleaning wallpaper is more time consuming than cleaning paint. A vacuum cleaner with a soft bristle attachment can be used on wallpaper to remove dust and loose dirt, but it will take a different approach to removing stains. There is a product called “wallpaper putty” that can be rolled onto stains to lift them without damaging the wallpaper. Of course, vinyl wallpaper will be easier to clean than wallpaper or wallpaper with a significant amount of texture. In the end, it all comes down to how much traffic you get and your ability to stick to paper as needed.

Expense: how much does it cost to paint and wallpaper the walls?

The biggest consideration in determining cost, whether it's wallpaper or paint, is the size of the desktop. The next consideration is desktop complexity; if extensive lifting systems are needed, it can take longer to set up and to actually complete the job, which only adds to the expense. However, when talking about the price differences between paint and wallpaper, paint is the less expensive of the two.

Regardless of which one you choose, always bring in a professional contractor with years of experience to do the job, because you'll get the most value out of your project with experts doing the work.

How much do painters charge per square foot

The current rate in the Fortaleza area is around R$12.00 per square foot for interior painting jobs. Exterior jobs generally require less preparation and fine detailing, which can bring that price per square foot down to around 65 cents.

So what are you paying on each of those $12.00 per square foot, you ask? Most of it will be labor, about R$ 12.00 per square foot. And labor is by far the most valuable component of the services you get from a professional contractor. Anyone can buy the paints the experts use, as well as the materials that help them apply paint safely and efficiently, but only experienced professionals are able to apply paint in a way that meets exacting standards.

To determine the cost of your project, you can multiply $12.00 by the number of square feet of your facility. For example, you have 120 square feet of surface area that requires painting, which would give you $1,440. But you must also take into account the complexities of the work. If your facility has a unique architecture that is difficult to maneuver, it will take longer hours to physically apply the paint, which can increase labor costs.

At Ja Pinturas E Reparos, our thorough inspection will reveal the true cost of the project, giving you an edge when it comes to planning it.

How much is wallpaper per square foot

It costs almost twice as much per square meter to install wallpaper. The industry average today is $15.00 per square foot. So the same 120 square feet of area that could be painted for just under $1,440 and it costs $1,800 for wallpaper.

Wallpaper is often a more labor-intensive work material, which increases expenses. You'll also pay more per square foot of wallpaper than you will for paint that covers the same surface area. This helps account for the drastic difference in cost.

In the end, it all comes down to value – we know our customers want the best bang for their buck, and that's something we're proud to deliver. Plus, we never hide any of our fees, which means when you get your final invoice, there are no surprises and definitely no sticker shocks. Paintings that are competitively priced, but we offer some of the best services in Fortaleza.

Painting versus wallpaper: the pros and cons

You are looking for a change that will bring your environments to life, whether they are offices, hallways, halls, bathrooms or meeting rooms. You're thinking about new paint and wallpaper, but you can't decide between them. Each can be a stunning addition to your space, but they also have pros and cons associated with them. The following are some of the most mentioned: Painting professionals:

  • Wide range of colors
  • Painting requires much less prep time compared to wallpapering
  • A painted wall allows you to easily clean or repaint if you get tired of the original color.
  • If you are not satisfied with the result, it is easy to repaint.
  • Paints are a significantly cheaper option compared to wallpapers

Cons of painting:

  • Painting requires an almost perfect base for good results.
  • It takes longer than you think, many don't think about the number of coats or the drying time between each coat of paint.
  • Matte ink is sensitive

Wallpaper pros:

  • Wide range of designs and textures
  • long lasting durability
  • visual appeal
  • If you already have plain walls, wallpapering is usually faster.
  • Cleaning wallpapers is very easy

Wallpaper cons:

  • higher cost
  • difficult removal
  • May peel if used in damp areas
  • Some wallpapers can release VOC compounds

Whether you choose paint or wallpaper, you'll need an expert you can trust to do the job for you. The majority of our customers choose paint over wallpaper, and we've been going on for two decades as Chicagoland's trusted painters, so when you choose JA Paintings, you'll have a top-notch contractor working to meet all of your needs.

Tips for painting different types of building interiors

The techniques used in painting are universal, but there are subtle differences in how a professional painting contractor will do a job based on how the facility is used. For example, the materials and techniques we use to paint warehouses differ from how we approach painting a restaurant interior.

Following are some of the most common commercial buildings we paint and how we approach them.

office interior painting

Most of our office projects involve a neutral, almost sterile paint color from Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore, such as a neutral gray or eggshell white. Components often include trim and baseboards, door frames and runners.

Interior painting of medical and healthcare facilities

Healthcare facilities often require a specific type of low-VOC paint, which is important as everything we introduce into the surrounding patient air must be safe to breathe. Furthermore, this type of work requires extreme attention to detail and a non-disruptive approach.

Restaurant interior painting

Maintaining strict corporate design details is often a part of restaurant interior paint work. From bright and bold to understated, each restaurant will have its own vibe that we can help bring out. This is also an industry that requires painting jobs to be completed outside office hours, so we offer our services when the doors are closed to the public.

Hotel Rooms, Hallways, and Hallway Painting

Often large projects require multiple painters and a great deal of planning and communication, hotel painting jobs depend on a team that has speed and an equal amount of efficiency and attention to detail.

Interior painting retail stores

We assist our retail customers in choosing a color or series of colors that will be conducive for consumers to shop there. Aesthetics are important in any painting project, but they're vital for retail stores. And while colors are extremely important in this environment, our painters know how to make any color look great by applying them with expertise.

warehouse interior painting

A skill set retained by all contract painters, deposit painting takes years of experience to master. We know which paints and brands stand up to the harsh warehouse environment, and we know how to handle these tasks so that paint looks great and lasts for years and years.

Skyscraper interior painting

Yet another type of construction that requires a specific skill set, skyscraper painting is among the most difficult to accomplish. At Ja Pintura e Reparos, we use the latest tools to paint the most out-of-reach places, and we do this using our extensive knowledge of safety techniques.

Bank interior painting

The discerning eye of financial institution customers did not go unnoticed. Our bank customers hold the highest standards of aesthetics to their premises and we work closely with them to ensure the finest details are covered during hours that offer the least disruption.

Schools and educational building interior painting

Projects involving academic facilities are among the most varied, ranging from gymnasium to office and classroom painting to locker room painting. Your contractor should be familiar with how to deal with all of them, which is what we offer at Ja Pinturas E Repairs.

Painting the interior and hallway of the HOA apartment

Excellent communication is important when you work with a painting manager. At JA Pinturas & Reparos, we have a proud history of getting all aspects of interior painting projects right, including hallways, common areas and apartment interiors.

Interior painting of gyms and gyms

From choosing the right low-VOC paints to getting all the color accents right in the paint designs that help inspire fitness enthusiasts as they go about their workouts, there's a lot to go into painting these facilities. Fortunately, JA Pinturas Reparos is used to completing these projects.

If you don't see your business type listed here, don't worry. At Ja Pinturae Reparos, we help customers in almost every industry. Our painters are experienced professionals, ready to prove their knowledge. We'll inspect your facility and give you a free estimate that you'll find competitively priced.

Frequently asked questions about painting vs. Wallpaper

Making the choice between wallpaper and paint is not an easy one. Each option has a set of pros and cons, which must be carefully evaluated. At Ja Pinturas E Reparos, we get a lot of questions about this, so we'd like to share some of the most frequently asked questions here.

What is the best wallpaper or paint?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the saying goes. If you find painting more attractive than wallpaper, then painting will be "better" for you. The same can be said about wallpaper preference, if it is more attractive than the painting.

However, there are areas where one will be better than the other. For example, we do not recommend installing wallpaper in rooms subject to excessive humidity, such as the bathroom. An area like this will call for a glossy paint that will protect the walls and keep moisture from becoming an issue.

Is it cheaper to paint or wallpaper?

Generally speaking, painting is cheaper than wallpapering. Wallpapering is a more labor-intensive process, which can increase costs, especially if the wallpaper needs to be removed before the new material is placed on the wall.

However, you should also consider that wallpaper can last around three times longer than paint, which means that if you don't anticipate changing your wallpaper pattern within the next 15 years (the life of most wallpaper wallpaper), you'll likely have to repaint three times over that 15-year period, which means you can spend less on wallpaper.

Can you paint over the wallpaper?

The short answer is yes, but you can paint over anything. The question is, should you paint over the wallpaper? As a professional painting contractor, our advice is to remove the wallpaper, because your paint will look best when applied to a smooth, flawless surface.

In addition, painting over wallpaper increases the risk that the wallpaper will peel off the wall, warp or bubble after the paint is applied, which is far from a professional look. In addition, if you decide to remove the wallpaper later, the paint on top only increases the difficulty of the job.

Does the ink brand matter? What are the best interior wall paint brands?

Experience with paints from different brands influenced our decision on how to approach paint jobs in a variety of situations. We know when a glossy paint should be used instead of a matte one and vice versa.

We've also narrowed down the top paint manufacturers to two of the most trusted in the business: Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. These companies have a solid history of researching and developing inks that will look great and last a long, long time.

Como escolho uma cor de tinta para o interior da minha empresa?

If you follow corporate standards, your options are likely to be limited, but we can ensure that you are in full compliance with what corporate offices dictate. If you are redesigning and looking for a change, Ja Pinturas E Reparos can help you choose colors that will be perfect for the aesthetic you are trying to achieve. We often work with our customers' ideas and present them with a variety of options that ensure they get the exact colors they want.

Get a professional painter for your next interior painting project in the Fortaleza area

Our years of service in the field of painting are a testament to our commitment to customers of all types. We bring a knowledge base to our clients, providing guidance, advice and exemplary service that proves we are committed to exceeding expectations.

We know that communication is the key to success, so when you hire us, we work closely with project managers, property managers and landlords to ensure every detail about a job is completely covered. 

This includes choosing the type of paint and/or wallpaper that will be used in various areas of the property, to prepping the work area, to providing industry-leading installation services. 

And finally, we do a thorough, step-by-step cleaning, which ensures the property looks much better than when we arrived.

If you have questions, get  in touch  and let's talk about your project.

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