Painting is Much Better Than Wallpaper
Painting is usually a more aesthetic looking and affordable option.
While the cost of both painting and wallpaper can range depending on the type of paint, design of the wallpaper, and so on, the former is generally the more affordable option. Take this for instance: one square foot of wallpaper costs about $0.50 just for the wallpaper itself, then you have to add the cost of labour and materials on top of that. However, the cost of paint is about $1.00 – $1.50 per square foot, but this also usually includes all the labour and materials costs. If you do the painting yourself, then it’s even more affordable.
Painting actually takes less time to complete.
Whether you’re doing the work yourself or hiring a contractor, you will definitely need to consider how long it is going to take to finish your wall-redecorating project. With either option, you’re going to need to set aside time to make any repairs to the walls and apply a coat of primer. At this point, if you are simply painting the walls, then it’s just a simple matter of taking out your paintbrushes and rollers and getting to work.
It only takes a few seconds or so to cover a square foot of the wall, which means that you’ll get any job, large or small, done in a very reasonable timeframe. However, if you are applying wallpaper, there are additional steps and more meticulous work needed to end up with a great looking room. While many wallpapers are self-adhesive, in some cases you will need to spend extra time and money applying wallpaper paste. Then, when you actually have to apply the wallpaper, you need to do it very carefully and slowly to avoid gaps, bubbles, and creases.
Paint is much easier to replace.
To replace old paint from a painted wall, the process is often straightforward, usually requiring just a bit of prep work, and then a fresh coat of paint or two. When replacing old wallpaper, you have to spend a lot of time stripping and removing the wallpaper, removing any residual adhesive, make repairs, and then apply a coat of primer. Only after that can you actually add a fresh coat of paint or new wallpaper to the wall.
Wallpaper is temperamental.
If you’re in an environment where the weather changes by the hour or with high humidity, you have to be very careful when deciding whether to paint or wallpaper. Paint, especially high quality latex-based paint is highly durable and resilient to changes in environment, meaning that you don’t have to worry about it peeling or worse. However, wallpaper can be very temperamental, and will often peel away in environments where the humidity is high, or during the peak of summer.
Paint needs little maintenance.
Painted walls are easy to clean, maintain, and repair, even with the large issues such as holes taking a few minutes to repair. On the other hand, wallpaper can cause headaches; you have to worry about the trouble wallpaper has with humidity, but you also need to be very concerned about even the slightest damage. Unlike paint, wallpaper can be very difficult to successfully repair and patch, so you might find that even small repairs take a considerable amount of time and effort.