Choosing a beautiful, reliable and durable finish for the walls is a responsible and difficult task. And here we are not even talking about the decorative properties of the finishing, but about the operational. 

Low-quality canvases can “go” immediately after mounting, the picture will be blurred at the first contact with moisture, and under the coatings themselves over time, mold will appear. To avoid this happening, it is necessary to know in advance about the strengths and weaknesses of paper and vinyl wallpaper and read

So, to begin with, we propose to deal with the terms. In our article, under paper wallpaper we will understand wallpaper, which does not have a top coating, and under vinyl – material with a base of paper or fleece with a vinyl top layer. 

Paper wallpaper: the good old classic

Perhaps paper cloth is one of the oldest methods of decorative finishing walls in living spaces after fabric drapery, straw or bamboo mats. Over time, a huge number of other cladding materials have appeared on the market, but wallpaper is still popular among buyers. Why? Let’s look into it:

  1. Affordable price is one of the key criteria. Paper wallpaper is often cheaper than vinyl, while the quality of printing patterns and the variety of prints are not inferior to them. 
  2. Large size range – and if a few years ago, in circulation were mostly narrow paper wallpaper, today you can easily pick up and buy a wide, designed for pasting large areas of space. 
  3. Indiscriminate to the glue composition – the paper perfectly holds up even when using the simplest and cheapest adhesives.
  4. Easily and quickly removed from the wall – often enough to moisten the wallpaper input from a spray gun.
  5. Smoothness and relief – as desired by the consumer. 
  6. You can paint over the paper wallpaper;
  7. Paper is very breathable and air permeable, so the walls under the finishing not moldy. 

There are some disadvantages of paper wallpaper:

  1. The finish can not be washed, as in this case it will very soon lose its original appearance;
  2. When drying, paper shrinks, so between the joints are formed ugly gaps;
  3. Are susceptible to mechanical damage;
  4. Rather quickly burn out in the sun;
  5. Under the influence of steam and moisture it can peel. 

Advantages and disadvantages of vinyl wallpaper

Even with the first acquaintance, there is a strong impression that vinyl wallpaper is much better than its paper “counterparts”. This is largely due to the presence of the following advantages:

  1. Vinyl can be cleaned, including with mild detergents – soap, wet wipes, universal cleaning compositions;
  2. PVC-film provides excellent protection of the pattern and color from fading under UV-rays;
  3. The multi-layer structure provides an interesting and original relief;
  4. Due to the relatively large thickness of vinyl wallpaper, they are often used for pasting uneven walls;
  5. Vinyl does not deform under the influence of moisture, it is difficult to damage it if accidentally hit. 

The main disadvantage of vinyl wallpaper is their price, which can really “fly” into space, if we are talking about designer finishing materials. Their disadvantages can also include:

  1. To work with them you need special glue;
  2. After gluing, it takes a very long time to dry;
  3. Vinyl wallpaper “does not breathe”, which often leads to the appearance of mold under them;
  4. Need a careful adjustment of the adhesives. If you glue vinyl overlap, it is likely that the wallpaper will not take, and after drying it will have to be trimmed.

The choice of paper or vinyl wallpaper, first of all, should be selected for the specific conditions of use. For example, for rooms with high levels of humidity and the possibility of dirt is best suited to vinyl, while for children’s rooms or bedrooms an excellent choice would be a paper canvas.