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Wallcovering vs. Paint

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The following are the assumptions used to calculate the “Life-Cycle” savings of using commercial wallcovering rather than painting over a nine to twelve year period.Assumptions

  1. Building wall surfaces will be redecorated every 9-12 years.
  2. Wall surfaces painted every three years. One coat of primer and two coats of latex paint.
  3. Labor and material rates are based on survey data from contractors located throughout the US.
  4. The average costs for labor and material were $.55 for painting and $.80 for wallcovering (exclusive of vinyl wallcovering).
  5. The costs for material and labor were projected to increase 1.5% per year.
  6. Vinyl wallcovering costs were projected at $0.37 for Type I and $0.67 for Type II.
  7. Information is based on survey results only. Actual savings may vary based on actual contractor rates.

Wallcovering vs. Painting Analysis
Material & Labor Costs (Per Square Foot) - Median Values
RJF Customer Survey Results - May 2004
            Wall   Wall
            Covering   Covering
# Regions     Painting   Type I   Type II
                 
1 East     0.57   1.28   1.59
2 Midwest     0.57   1.10   1.39
3 South     0.51   0.98   1.29
4 West / Southwest     0.47   1.00   1.29
                 
Average Median Cost     0.53   1.09   1.39

"Wallcovering vs. Painting" Results
South Example
Projected Life-Cycle Savings
            Wall Regional            
            Surfaces Costs            
            (Sq. Ft.) ($/SF)            
                           
          Type I 10,000 $1.28            
Wall Surface Square Footage in Boxes   Type II 10,000 $1.59            
          Paint 20,000 $0.57            
                           
    Years From Start Date
  Day #1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
                           
Painting $9,400 $0 $0 $9,823 $0 $0 $10,265 $0 $0 $10,727 $0 $0 $0
  $9,400 $9,400 $9,400 $19,223 $19,223 $19,223 $29,488 $29,488 $29,488 $40,215 $40,215 $40,215 $40,215
                           
WC $22,900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
  $22,900 $22,900 $22,900 $22,900 $22,900 $22,900 $22,900 $22,900 $22,900 $22,900 $22,900 $22,900 $22,900
                           
Savings -$13,500 -$13,500 -$13,500 -$3,677 -$3,677 -$3,677 $6,588 $6,588 $6,588 $17,315 $17,315 $17,315 $17,315
% Savings -59.0% -59.0% -59.0% -16.1% -16.1% -16.1% 28.8% 28.8% 28.8% 75.6% 75.6% 75.6% 75.6%

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