What is Wall Protection?
Wall Protection is materials that protect interior walls from damage such as scratches, chips, dents and gouges and includes wall protection vinyl, crash rails, wall guards, skirting guards, handrails and even corner guards. Although they are generally made from a rigid vinyl material i.e. PVCu, they can also be made from stainless steel, timber and other materials more rigid than plasterboard.
Wall protection is also often known as acrovyn, vinyl guards, bumprails and rub panels, bedhead bumpers and rubstrip amongst other terms.
Wall protection protects the walls from damage caused by people, animals (pets), wheelchairs, equipment, medical beds and trolleys. The specific type of wall protection depends on the type of damage (i.e. high-impact or low impact), where it occurs (i.e. at a consistent height or various locations) and what visual appearance you are wanting to achieve.
Where is Wall Protection Used?
For generations, wall protection has been primarily used in hospitals and other healthcare environments, due to their demanding maintenance requirements. With a increasing awareness of sustainability in building design coupled with increased maintenance costs and higher end-user expectations, we are now seeing wall protection getting used in non-traditional applications such as hotels, schools, public buildings, houses and aged cares. The age where wall protection was just a clunky-looking attachment to the wall is on it’s way out. Clients now have the ability to blend wall protection in with their paint colours to achieve a very minimalistic, yet durable interior.
Does Wall Protection Save Money?
Yes, wall protection saves building owners and operators a LOT of money, by drastically reducing reactive maintenance spend. The cost of wall protection can be seen on our article ‘what does wall protection cost’ and is significantly less than patching and painting a damaged wall. Often clients tell us that their investment in wall protection in areas most prone to damage can pay off within less than one year. Conversely, it is easy to engage a plasterer and painter to regularly patch and paint walls, but the cost quickly adds up. Many building owners are shocked when they calculate how much maney has been spent on patching and painting over numerous years.
With a lifetime gaurantee of 25 years, wall protection will pay dividends multiple times over.