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  • Woodchip - a desirable wallpaper

    Woodchip and its legacy

    Woodchip wallpaper or woodchip lining paper – both names are used interchangeably – is liked and loathed in equal measures. Putting design preferences aside for a moment, woodchip has been known to make grown men cry because it can be very difficult to remove. This is especially true when the woodchip has been on the walls since the 70s and painted over many times. Because of this, woodchip gets a bad name as a horrible liner to use, which isn't necessarily true.

    Design pattern

    However, as a design pattern, woodchip is still liked by many as it offers a neutral finish, which provides a slight texture without standing out. So, how do you get a similar textured finish without setting yourself up for a lot of work later on? Use Anaglypta wallpapers!

    Woodchip alternative

    Anaglypta wallpapers are well known and liked and are easy to remove as there are no actual wood chips that provide the textured design - the texture is achieved by embossing the paper or by using blown vinyl. With a bit of imaginative paint colour these wallpapers can provide a finish which is quite timeless yet not boring. Below is a selection of 3 Anaglyptas that can offer a similar finish to woodchip wallpaper. Anaglypta Original Holkam RD388, Anaglypta Original Shelburne RD169 and Anaglypta Armadillo Kingfisher RD5302. The last wallpaper is paste-the-wall type, which makes the job of hanging it much easier and faster.

  • Buying Anaglypta wallpaper? Read this first

    Selling Anaglypta wallpapers every day we see that customers very often underestimate how many rolls they need to buy. 10m2 of wall coverage doesn’t always translate into 10m2 of wallpaper you need to buy. Adding extra coverage for pattern repeat (doesn’t apply to all wallpapers) and wastage will save you the hassle and potentially extra costs later on. Consider a situation where, say, 5 years down the line you need a single roll of the same pattern and it’s no longer available.

    Across 100s of orders, we’ve noticed that some customers buy X number of wallpaper rolls and then follow with another order a few days or weeks later just for a single roll. This clearly points to the issue of underestimating of the actual wallpaper needed for the job.

     

    Pattern repeat and wastage

    When measuring the wallpaper coverage and buying Anaglypta wallpapers you have to take into consideration pattern repeat. Pattern repeat is simply the vertical distance on the wallpaper between where the pattern starts and finishes. In other words, where the pattern becomes identical again. Some pattern repeats are very short e.g. 1.9cm for Anaglypta Original Churhill RD385 or quite large for Dandelion Blush RD80005 where the pattern repeat is 64cm.

    This means that when hanging the wallpaper you may end up losing the entire length of the pattern repeat on each drop – it doesn’t always work out like this and it depends on the actual structure of the pattern and the length of each drop. It’s best to count the number of drops and then add the length of the pattern repeat for each drop.

    When hanging any wallcovering, wastage will inevitably occur. Most often it’s in the form of the excess you need to leave on each end of the drop before trimming it to size. Sometimes you just make a mistake and cut it too short - remember, measure twice and cut once – which will result in this piece of the wallpaper going to waste.

     

    Planning for the future

    We receive quite a lot of emails from customers who search for Anaglypta patterns they have had on their walls for a number of years and either need to replace part of the wallpaper or would like to extend the same pattern onto another wall, but can’t find the wallpaper. Typically the emails end with ‘I wish I had thought about it then’…

    Although most Anaglypta patterns have been available since they were first introduced, some have been discontinued. So, it would be prudent to buy an extra roll when making the initial purchase and put it away completely so that it be used some years later when needed.

  • Discontinued Anaglypta Wallpapers

    What Anaglypta wallpapers have been discontinued?

    We aren't going to list all of the discontinued Anaglypta wallpapers that have been created and subsequently discontinued because Anaglypta brand has been in existence since 1887. We are going to list the Anaglypta designs that have been dropped in recent years. Please get in touch with us if you are looking for a specific design and can't find it. There may be a close match in existence and we'll be more than happy to confirm it with the Anaglypta manufacturer.

    • Anaglypta RD842 Cornelian
    • Anaglypta RD3013 Tandle
    • Anaglypta RD839 Amethyst
    • Anaglypta RD841 Tiger Eye
    • Anaglypta RD4004 Erica
    • Anaglypta RD916 Westcott
    • Anaglypta RD978 Topaz
    • Anaglypta RD0901 Boland
    • Anaglypta RD5014 Osprey
    • Anaglypta RD5001 Wren
    • Anaglypta RD5004 Finch
    • Anaglypta RD5005 Swallow
    • Anaglypta RD5006 Swan
    • Anaglypta RD5007 Blackbird
    • Anaglypta RD5008 Kite
    • Anaglypta RD5009 Peacock
    • Anaglypta Caliope RD315
    • Anaglypta Florella
    • Anaglypta Precision Vinyl RD7120 Caro
    • Anaglypta Caliope RD315
    • Artisan Plaster RD7150
    • Dado Panels - RD06670 Neo Classical - this is now slightly different and is known as Dado Panels RD06671 Baroque
    • Dado Panels - RD06680 Gothic - this now slightly different and is known as Dado Panels RD06881 Nouveau

     

    Dado Panels have been slightly changed to make it easier to apply along staircases. It's worth noting that Dado Panels are now made as Vinyl wallpapers (and have been for quite a few years). Before that they were made as embossed wallpapers. If you are matching an existing design, it's worth checking which one you currently have.

  • Wide lining paper

    Is there such a thing as extra wide lining paper?

    Yes and no. It's almost impossible to buy traditional lining paper, which is wider than the standard 56 cm. From time to time one of the main manufacturers will produce wider rolls of lining paper, but soon it proves very unpopular with customers - especially professional decorators. On paper (excuse the pun) wider lining paper sounds great. You'd be able to cover more walls quicker and you'd have less seams to worry about. This is where the pros end and cons start. There are no wide enough pasting tables. It's quite a difficult job to paste a wide lining paper, say 75 cm wide, on a 56cm wide pasting table. It's not impossible and doable when you have a wall or two to do and have plenty of time (plus patience), but this isn't a way to do it when you have 4 rooms to line and you are paid for the finished job not the time you spend on it. Another thing to remember is that, as you most likely know, lining paper (or any paper for that matter) will expand when wet. This will be even more pronounced with a wider lining paper leading to potentially bigger gaps at the seams when the paper dries.

    So, is there no wide lining paper at all? There is, but it's called Wallrock Fibreliner. It's not really lining paper, but it performs the same function. It covers imperfections and prepares walls for painting or hanging wallpaper - please remember that the walls need to be prepared in the same fashion as in case of hanging lining paper. It's much stronger, which makes it ideal in situations where traditional lining paper may tear. And most importantly it's available in wide rolls. In fact you can have it at 55, 75 cm and the extra wide 100 cm. Because Wallrock Fibreliners are past-the-wall type of wallcoverings you don't need a pasting table! There's no need to worry about Wallrock Fibreliner shrinking and leaving nasty gaps at the seams as it's dimensionally stable. Although Wallrock Fibreliners are dimensionally stable, walls always move and this may result in tiny, hairline gaps appearing - this will largely depend on your property.

    Finish on Wallrock Fibreliner

    Wallrock Fibreliner gives you a choice of different finishes whereas lining paper only offers one standard finish. You can choose from the standard Wallrock Fibrliner, Wallrock Fibrliner Plus and Wallrock Fibreliner Premium. The premium helps to achieve plaster-like finish where the standard Wallrock Fibreliner is more in line with your traditional lining paper with Wallrock Fibreliner Plus being in-between the two.

    Now you can really get a wide liner, which will make the job much faster and easier.

  • Wallrock Thermal Liner and Condensation in a Bathroom

    Will Wallrock Thermal Liners stop condensation in my bathroom?

    Moisture

    The amount of steam that is generated in the bathroom or especially in the shower, over a period of short time, is the main point for concern here. The steam goes up against the ceiling and sets on the walls very quickly. Because there’s so much moisture condensed in the air there’s very little you can do to extract it on the spot unless you install a 6ft extractor fan (might look good, but would be a bit blowy). However, active and efficient ventilation is absolutely key here as over time moisture will create further issues such as mould.

    Can Wallrock Thermal Liner help? It certainly can as far as separation of the warm air from the cold walls goes, but the moisture is most likely going to set on it if you don’t have proper ventilation working at the time.

    Temperature difference

    Perhaps this is going to state the obvious, but condensation is caused by lack of sufficient ventilation and / or differences in temperatures between the warm air in the room and cold surface it comes into contact with. Obviously, this is exacerbated in a bathroom or especially shower. Wallrock Thermal Liner will work very well in this case by providing a barrier between the cold walls / ceiling and the warm air, but it won’t stop the excessive moisture being present in the air. So, if the moisture isn’t removed by a means of ventilation the issue may not be fully resolved. However, you’ll most likely create a much warmer bathroom.

  • Why Use Wallrock Thermal Liner

    Wallrock Thermal Liner and Wallrock KV600 Thermal Liner are two of our most popular products and have proved popular with both those looking to do some DIY and professional decorators.

    Using Wallrock thermal liner in a room is ideal for:

    Homeowners who are undertaking a renovation project or redecorating a room - Take the opportunity to use a product that will provide energy saving benefits, cover damaged walls and strengthen the surface structure of the walls

    Landlords who want to create more comfortable environments within the homes and flats that they let. It makes the accommodation cheaper to run, in respect of the energy bills.

    Some of the most common problems we hear from customers are listed below; Wallrock Thermal liners can be a great solution to these issues.

    Cold Rooms & Houses
    Homes that have solid walls or no cavity walls are restricted in their use of cavity wall insulation technologies; technologies that are backed and subsidised by various government organisations and trusts. These problems stem from the old ways of building houses when not much attention was given to insulation. Wallrock thermal liners can provide a solution to create the thermal insulation between the cold solid wall and the room.

    Condensation & Mould Growth on Walls
    These two issues work hand in hand as the condensation on walls leads to mould growth. The condensation is caused by the warm air in the room coming into contact with the cold wall (see the point above) – simple physics – the same as the misty windows in the car. The application of Wallrock thermal liner to the cold walls can provide a barrier and reduce the problem of condensation and therefore restrict mould growth.

    Reduction in Energy Bills
    The thermal insulation liners on the walls allow you to heat your room quicker as you are not wasting energy heating up the cold walls. The thermal liner also helps a room retain the heat. With less seepage of the heat and the ability to heat the room more efficiently you can save money and reduce your energy bills.

    Environmental Impact
    More efficient heating uses less energy and less heat is wasted; the impact is that less CO2 is released into the atmosphere.

    Comfort
    Last, but certainly not least, the use of a thermal insulation products can help improve the comfort of your home by maintaining warmer rooms during the cold evenings and mornings.

  • Thermal Insulation Products for Home Improvement Projects

    There are two distinct groups of thermal insulation products you can buy at CoverYourWall; these different products suit various requirements and budgets as well as providing different levels of thermal insulation.

    These products are ideal for home improvement projects whether you are undertaking them yourself or have employed a professional builder.

    Polystyrene Insulation Products

    Red Label Insulating Lining Paper is 4 mm thick polystyrene on a roll. Unlike some other products on the market it’s laminated with a liner on one side already, which means you can paint it. It’s quite easy to apply and you can wallpaper over it using either traditional or paste-the-wall wallpapers. It’s best used for low to medium thermal insulation requirements.

    Graphite Insulating Lining Paper is 4 mm thick polystyrene on a roll and is laminated on one side as well allowing it to be painted or wallpapered over. The main difference, and its advantage over the standard Insulating Lining Paper, comes from the fact that the polystyrene has been impregnated with graphite. Graphite makes it more difficult for the heat to pass through the polystyrene, which means that you save even more energy and make your room warmer whilst using less energy. Use it for medium thermal insulation requirements.

    Climapore Thermal Insulation Tiles (6 mm thick) are made from extruded polystyrene which makes the polystyrene structure much denser and thus more resistant to heat leakage. Extruded polystyrene is much more resistant to mechanical damage as well. Because of these physical properties, it can be used in bathrooms and tiled over. Wallpapers and lining papers can be used over the tiles. It can be plastered to get a perfectly smooth finish; however, a similar effect can be achieved by using Wallrock Premium with less effort. This is a true all-rounder when it comes to finishes that can be applied, and environments where the thermal tiles can be installed. Climapor tiles offer relatively high level of thermal insulation.

    Wallrock Thermal Liners

    Wallrock Thermal liners are made by using thermal materials (the base material is similar to that used in the aviation industry for insulation purposes) on one side and Wallrock liner on the other. This combination produces a thermal liner, which has very high thermal insulation properties. It can be applied like normal wallpaper (although you paste the wall not the liner in this case) and can be painted or wallpapered over using paste-the-wall types of wallpapers.

    Currently there are 3 products available:

    Wallrock Thermal Liner, which is 3.2 mm thick and comes as a 10 m roll (75 cm wide) - covers 7.5 m2

    Wallrock KV600 Thermal Liner, which is 4 mm thick and comes as a 15 m long roll (1 m wide) - covers 15 m2

    Cosy Liner KV300, which is 1 mm thick and comes as a 10 m roll (75 cm wide) -covers 7.5 m2. Cosy Liner offers modest therma insulation boost, but helps with condensation (as other products do as well)

    Over the last few years, these products have become very popular with customers who have been coming back each year as they move through the house insulating more rooms. We hear "I’ll test it in one room and see if it works for me" very often. Clearly it must be working well.

  • Pre-painted Anaglypta Piccolo and Storm

    Pre-painted Anaglypta

    If we had a penny for every time we’ve been asked about pre-painted Anaglypta wallpapers… well, we have a couple here. It’s called Anaglypta Piccolo RD7170 (light cream) and Anaglypta Storm RD7171 (light grey). You can hang these wallpapers and don’t need to paint them if the colours work for you. In the future, when you want to change the colour scheme of your room you can simply use emulsion paint to paint over.

    As is, Anaglypta Piccolo and Anaglypta Storm will save you money and time because these wallpapers have been pre-coloured already so you can decorate your room much quicker. When you combine it with the classical nature of the textured pattern, which will hide small wall imperfections, you can refresh your room on a modest budget and quickly, too.

    Because your computer screen might not show the colour correctly, we’d always suggest that you request a free sample before purchasing. Click on the image to request a free product sample.

    Anaglypta Piccolo RD7170 Anaglypta Piccolo RD7170
    Anaglypta Storm Anaglypta Storm RD7171
  • What are the advantages of paste-the-wall lining paper

    For a less messy and easier way to hang your lining paper, Paste the Wall products are a great option.

    It’s a more modern take on the traditional method of pasting the paper. You simply paste the surface of the wall and then stick the liner to it.

    Why use paste-the-wall liners at all?

    You don’t need a paste table - which means that if you are hanging wallcoverings only once ever few years you are saving yourself quite a bit of money and storage space. Because you use ready-mix adhesive paste the strength of the is the same for the whole tub.

    Paste-the-wall liners are dimensionally stable (don't expand when wet and shrinking whilst drying) and easier to apply and therefore you’re less likely to have gaps or struggle to edge round skirting boards and light switches.

    There's no waiting for the wallcovering to absorb the wallpaper paste before you can hang because you paste the wall and hang the liner right away - this can save you a lot of time.

    What are the disadvantages?

    Very few, actually! Typically these liners are more expensive because of how they are made, but provide a better way for the less experienced DIYers to line walls for the first time. For the professional decorator they offer a much quicker way to complete jobs when time is precious.

    You do, of course, have to make sure the paper goes up before the paste dries but there should be plenty of time to do so, and allow for final adjustments when it’s on the wall.

    At CoverYourWall we have a great range of Paste the Wall liners to choose from and recommend Wallrock Power Adhesive for the best results.

  • Tackling condensation on internal walls

    Why does condensation happen?

    Condensation on walls occurs when the warmer room air comes into contact with a colder wall. In order to address this issue, we want to separate the surface of the wall through creating a thermal barrier between the wall’s surface and the warmer air inside the room.

    What can we offer to help tackle condensation?

    Thermal wall liners have been designed to create this layer of thermal insulation on a wall and here at CoverYourWall we stock Wallrock Thermal Liners that can help tackle condensation on walls.

    You can shop for the standard Wallrock thermal liner and the KV600 thermal liner at CoverYourWall.

    The thermal base material also has a Wallrock liner on one side so that when hung on the wall there is a smooth surface which can be either painted or covered or overhang with Wallrock Fibreliner to get a better finish.

    If the condensation isn't too severe, you can consider using Wallrock R300 or Cosy Liner KV300. Both are made from the same material, but the roll size is different with the Cosy Liner KV300 better suited for smaller rooms. A roll of Cosy Liner covers 7.5 m2 whereas one roll of Wallrock R300 covers 25 m2.

    You can use our polystyrene based insulation as well. They work well and are cheaper to use, however, please note that polystyrene isn't breathable.

  • How to repair Wallrock Fiberliner ?

    The whole range of Wallrock Fibreliners is more resistant to the typical day-to-day wear and tear than traditional wallpapers and lining papers. As we know, ‘things happen’ and sometimes the damage, be it intended or unintended or wear and tear takes its toll. If you need to repair the damaged area, you can remove part of Wallrock, which needs fixing and then replace it with a new patch very easily.

    Why is it easy? Wallrock Fibreliners are dry strippable. These products are dimensionally stable, which means they don’t expand or shrink when wet. What you take out you can put back in.

    Please note that in this example we are using Wallrock Trend; however, all of the Fibreliner products behave in the same manner. In this example, we’ll show you how easy it’s to fix damage caused by a couple of holes.

    Please note that in this example we are using Wallrock Trend; however, all of the Fibreliner products behave in the same manner. In this example, we’ll show you how easy it’s to fix damage caused by a couple of holes.

    A shelve has been removed and revealed a couple of holes.

    How to Repair Wallrock Wallpaper

    Use a spare piece of Wallrock Fibreliner that is larger than the area that needs fixing. Hold it firmly in place over the damaged area.

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    A few things to remember:

    • Ensure the whole damaged area is covered
    • Cut through both layers together in one cut all the way round using the former as a guide
    • Ensure that the former does not move at all until you’ve cut all the way round
    • Leave the new piece of Wallrock for later
    • Remove the original section of damaged area – remember, it's dry strippable so you don’t need to soak it

    Fill any damage and smooth the surface if necessary. Use Toupret powder or ready mix fillers for best results.

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    Apply adhesive to the area.

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    Fit in the new section. Because Wallrock doesn’t shrink or expand it should fit perfectly.

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    A coat of paint and you are done! When working with flat finish Wallrocks you might have to use fine filler to mask the edges better.

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