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What is the difference between Type I and Type II wallcovering?

Posted on: May 11, 2016 by admin

At first glace, you may not see the difference between these two similarly named wallcoverings. Both names refer to vinyl wallcoverings only, but there is a significant difference in the composition. Type I wallcovering is typically used in rooms and locations where people tend to be more sedentary, such as hospital rooms or office areas. Type II wallcoverings are more durable and are used for... [more]


What is acoustical wallpaper?

Posted on: May 19, 2016 by admin

It may not be something that you think about you when you are picking wallpaper, but wallpaper has the ability to help dampen the sound. This is where acoustical wallpaper can really help. You can’t expect wallpaper to entirely deaden the sound, but it can work as a way to reduce the level of noise. If you don’t understand why you need a wallpaper that helps to reduce the noise, then y... [more]


Determining the right wallcovering type for your commercial space

Posted on: May 23, 2016 by admin

Wallpaper has come a very long way over the centuries. Today, you can choose a covering that is stylish without having to sacrifice durability. The problem is that you may not know where to start choosing the right paper because there are so many different types, including specialized covering. It can seem overwhelming, but ultimately there are three things you need to consider to get the optimal ... [more]


A brief history of ANSI 342

Posted on: May 31, 2016 by admin

The National Sanitation Foundation, or NSF, strives to create standards that make the production and purchase of different aspects of various industries predictable, including wallcovering. The NSF/ANSI 324: Sustainability Assessment for Wallcovering creates the standards by which manufacturers must gauge their products to sell them with certain labeling. It is not required to get certification to... [more]


A closer look at wallcovering requirements

Posted on: June 08, 2016 by admin

When the NSF created the wallcovering standard, they set requirements for different types of durability and sustainability of each of the classifications. A point system was created to detail how well a wallcovering performed during testing. Six key areas were established: Corporate governance End-of-life management Innovation Long-term value Product design Product manufacturing. Certificat... [more]


Should I use Type I or Type II wallcoverings for a particular project?

Posted on: June 08, 2016 by admin

The decision of selecting a Type I or a Type II wallcovering for your project should be based on two factors: amount of foot traffic and the type of wear-and-tear that traffic will produce. For instance, a hotel’s elevator lobby should always be a Type II because it will always experience a lot of heavy hard-hitting foot traffic. Furniture, machinery, food carts and suitcases will be incess... [more]


Defining sustainable and recycled wallcoverings

Posted on: June 14, 2016 by admin

The terms sustainable wallcoverings and recycled wallcoverings are not exactly interchangeable. Sustainable wallcoverings may or may not be recycled, but recycled wallcoverings are always considered sustainable.  The difference is relatively small, but they both point to the same trend – an increasing demand for a more sustainable product. Sustainable Wallcoverings The broader of the ... [more]


A Short Explanation of NSF 342 Certification

Posted on: June 14, 2016 by admin

NSF 342 (or NSF/ANSI 342) is a set of requirements set by the NSF and any product that has the NSF 342 certification has been through testing to ensure that it meets these certifications. It is a newer type of certification, having been implemented in 2009. Its full name is Sustainability Assessment for Wallcovering Products. As the name says, the focus of the certification is on the process and m... [more]


What "Class A Fire Rated" means and why it matters

Posted on: June 20, 2016 by admin

As the name states, this rating pertains to how well a particular wallcovering performs in the event of smoke or fire. While a wallcovering will certainly burn, if it has a rating of Class A, that means that it reduces how quickly the fire spreads. There are three classifications, A through C. Brief Origin of the Rating The different fire classifications are actually based on the ratings that ar... [more]


Explaining the NFPA 286 Corner Burner Test

Posted on: June 20, 2016 by admin

One of the many types of tests that are applied to the different wallcovering types is the NFPA 286 test. Like the Class A fire rating, NFPA 286 applies specifically to the testing of materials with fire. Unlike the Class A designation that can apply to most kinds of building materials, this one is specific to walls and ceilings. Origin of the Test The National Fire Protection Association, or NF... [more]