Self-Adhesive Vs. Traditional Wallpaper: The Main Differences Between The Materials
To show you the main differences between our self-adhesive and traditional wallpapers and how they may differ from other materials, here will be the main characteristics for both of our wallpapers.
Why To Choose Polyester Over Vinyl Peel & Stick Wallpaper
Polyester material based wallpapers in most cases, including our self-adhesive wallpaper, will have a textile texture.
Vinyl on the other hand mostly has a smooth finish.
Polyester material wallpaper gives a more high-end look because of its finish and texture.
Vinyl can shrink and change shape over time.
Vinyl is not PVC-free, so it is not recommended to use vinyl wallpaper in kids rooms.
Why To Choose Non-Woven Over Paper Traditional Wallpaper
Traditional Wallpaper: non-woven fiber vs paper
- When installing non-woven wallpaper, the glue can be applied directly to the wall, making it easier to slide the wallpaper in the right position.
- When installing paper based wallpaper, the glue has to be applied to the wallpaper, making the process slightly more complicated.
- As a result of humidity and temperature change, paper based wallpaper can change its shape, shrink or expand on the wall, making the design look less qualitative.
- Paper wallpaper can be very difficult to remove from the wall as it tears in the process.
- Non-woven wallpaper can be removed from the wall in one piece, because the fiber material prevents it from tearing.
Wallpaper Material Textures
Wallpaper Material Color
If you put our two materials next to each other, the color difference can be very visible. Our self-adhesive wallpaper is bright white, making the design seem more vivid and cooler when put next to the traditional wallpaper. Our traditional wallpaper, however, appears warmer next to the self-adhesive wallpaper, as its base is slightly more off-white. If you do not compare the wallpaper materials next to each other, then the colors can be seen as simply white. It is important to note that both the texture and the base color affects how the design will look on the wallpaper, meaning the same design will in most cases look different on each material.
Wallpaper Pattern Scale
In the example above with our Modern Art Deco Style Wallpaper we can see perfectly the pattern scale difference between our self-adhesive and traditional wallpaper. The reason why the pattern scale differs is because of the material size. On the self-adhesive wallpaper, the pattern is made to fit on a 19” panel, however, the traditional wallpaper panel size is 25”, therefore, the design is stretched to fit on a slightly wider panel, appearing in a bigger scale.
However, to apply the traditional material you will need paste or glue for non-woven wallpaper, applying it to the wall and not on the wallpaper itself. As it makes the installation process easier by allowing to slide the panel in position before the glue sets, it is a very popular choice for first time DIY wallpaper projects. Even if the traditional wallpaper is applied using glue, our traditional wallpaper panels are also removable in one piece.