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Interior Wall Coverings: Prices and Characteristics

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Interior Wall Coverings: Prices and Characteristics

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Are you looking to learn more about the different types of interior wall covering materials? There are so many different options available that one can easily feel lost when faced with the idea of choosing one over another. In order to help you find the material that best suits your needs and taste, here is an overview :

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Wallcoverings come in a wide variety of shapes, textures and forms. They can be used to hide the imperfections of a wall and improve the home's general look. There are so many different options that can be used in any type of interior decor.

If you are looking for a unique look, you may want to opt for bright colours, However, if you prefer something that is more subdued, neutral colours give a look that is both clean and refined. Different wall coverings exist for every room and every taste.

Nothing is keeping you from painting your kitchen yellow and installing wallpaper in the bedroom. You could also choose to make an accent wall instead of keeping everything looking the same. There are so many possibilities: let your imagination run wild! The installation process can either be very simple or very complicated, depending on the type of material that you choose. 

You should also know that you will have to prepare the surface of the wall according to the type of material that you will apply. The most popular wall covering materials are paint, decorative panels, wood and its derivatives, brick, stone, ceramic and concrete. The following chart will cover the pros, cons and prices of each material.

 

Different types of wall covering materials and their prices

Wallcoverings Pros Cons Prices

Paint

  • A wide array of colours;
  • Different finishes;
  • Customizable;
  • Inexpensive;
  • Easy to apply.
  • Less durable;
  • No texture;
  • In some cases, may cause toxic emanations;
  • The surface must be prepared beforehand.
Gallon starting at $40

Wallpaper

  • A wide array of colours;
  • Different textures and designs;
  • Customizable;
  • Affordable.
  • Hard to install;
  • Hard to remove;
  • Not very resistant against humidity;
  • Fragile.

From $1 to $100 and more per roll (10m x 0.5m)

 

Decorative panel

  • Customizable;
  • Unique;
  • Different textures and designs;
  • Durable;
  • Easy maintenance;
  • Resistant.
  • Price;
  • The surface must be prepared beforehand.

From $24 to $120 per panel

Wood and derivatives

  • Different textures, colours and designs;
  • Resistant;
  • Easy maintenance;
  • Hides imperfections.
  • Can be hard to install;
  • Less resistant against humidity.
$1,20 to $15 per sq.ft.

Bricks and imitation bricks

  • Unique;
  • Durable.
  • Hard to install
starting at $7 per sq.ft.

Stone and imitation stone

  • Unique;
  • Durable.
  • Price
  • Maintenance
Starting at $8 per sq.ft.

Ceramic

  • Customizable;
  • Durable;
  • Easy maintenance.
  • The surface must be prepared beforehand
  • Cold
  • Easy to break
$1,50 to $8,50 per sq.ft.

Concrete

  • Modern and customizable look;
  • Resistant;
  • Easy maintenance;
  • Retains heat.
  • Hard to install
  • The surface must be prepared beforehand
Starting at $14,50 per sq.ft.

 

The prices included in this chart are subject to change depending on the product, the location and the store where it was bought. If you decide to hire professionals to install the wall covering material, the cost of labour will have to be taken into account when calculating your budget. 

To find out about the average prices of different home renovation projects, check out our Home renovation price guide. 

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Size of House Average Cost Small-sized house (1,000 square feet) DIY: $1,440 With labour: $2,760 Medium-sized house (3,500 square feet) DIY: $3,000 With labour: $4,800 Large-sized house (5000 + square feet) DIY: $4,800 With labour: $7,200 The average price of paint will range between $24 to $72 per gallon, and a single gallon will cover about 200 square feet. Do take into account tools you might need for this project including brushes, and tape to mark off the trim. As you’ve noticed above, working with contractors will generally double the cost of the job. But working with professionals will guarantee that it’ll be done correctly. Looking for professional painters? Fill in the form to be connected with top-rated contractors! Other factors to consider when painting outdoors Source: Canva There are several factors to consider when taking on an exterior painting project, and the first of those will be cleaning and prepping the surfaces for painting. Since we’re talking about the exterior, you’re likely going to need a heavy-duty cleaning method like a pressure washer. This step is essential, as a clean surface will guarantee that paint can be applied evenly and this will increase longevity. If you’re working with professionals, they may have this step covered but make sure to check with them. Otherwise, you might need to rent a pressure washer, so do take this into account when drawing up a budget. The climate in your area will also have an impact on your exterior painting project. If you’re living in a particularly warm or humid part of the country, then you need to take extra precautions during the painting process. This could include choosing specialty paint or working with a finish that’ll help keep optimal paint quality. Lastly, if you find any damage around your home including replacing rotting wood or filling in gaps, you’re going to need to repair this before any painting can be done. Depending on the level of damage, this could be a quick fix or a full-on repair. Again, consider this when planning a budget for your exterior painting project. What type of paint should be used for outdoor surfaces? Source: Unsplash Choosing the right paint for your exterior project will come down to many different factors. One of the most important particulars when deciding on paint is the time it will take to finish curing. For exterior painting, there are two main types to choose from and these are latex (water-based) and oil-based. Although latex paint will dry in a day or two, it can take up to 30 days to be fully cured. Oil-based paint will initially take a little bit more time to dry but will cure much quicker after just a few days. For the most part, the type of paint you end up choosing will come down to the material that you’re painting. For example, if the exterior of your home is mostly metal, you’ll want to avoid using water-based paint. Latex paints are best left for plaster, drywall, siding, stucco, wood, aluminum and cement. A note is that some may argue latex paints should not be used on wood, as the drying process can swell the wood. Weather is another deciding factor when determining when to paint and what to paint with. This is where we’ll need to consider the curing time. Paint is considered to be fully cured when the residual solvents have evaporated. If you live in a particularly humid climate, you’re going to need to avoid painting during rainy or very hot seasons, as this weather can damage freshly-applied paint and affect the time it will take to cure. However, since liquid evaporates faster when temperatures are higher, choose a time of year when the weather is warm and don’t take this project on in the middle of winter. Before you start painting, we suggest that you check out this article: House Painting Projects: What are the Ideal Conditions


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