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%



Wallcovering vs Paint Chart Cost Chart
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How much material do I need?

1

Measure the height of the wall in feet. Measure the width of the wall in feet. Round inches up to the next foot on height and width.

2

Add the widths of each wall together to calculate the perimeter (do not deduct for windows and doors).

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Approximate amount of material needed:
Square Feet: -
Linear Yards: -

Please Note: This calculator adds in a 10% waste factor which is a good figure to consider to account for waste caused by trimming and pattern repeats. For very large vertical repeats an additional yardage should be added. All customers should be aware of the pattern, width, and match before submitting final figures. The calculator is for estimation only. Exact yardage requirements should always be field verified by a wallcovering installation professional.