Self-adhesive vs. Traditional Wallpaper: Which is right for you?

It’s safe to say that wallcoverings – from wallpaper to feature walls – are making a comeback. With tons of hassle-free and customizable options on the market today, it’s easy to add a fun pattern, pop of colour, or eye-catching mural to your space. When it comes to application, there are two main options to choose from: self-adhesive and traditional. To help you determine which solution is a better fit for your needs, check out the information below:

Self-adhesive Wallpaper

Self-adhesive wallcoverings are available in permanent and removable options, with up to two years’ durability. This type of product is a good fit for temporary installations, or walls you’ll want to switch up frequently – such as those in a retail space. It’s also available in a number of different textures to suit your design, including crushed stone, canvas, stucco and smooth. This material is adhered using an easy peel-and-stick method – think of it like a giant sticker.

Benefits of Self-adhesive Wallpaper:


  • Clean and easy to apply
  • A great option for short term applications
  • Scuff resistant
  • Class A fire rating (highly resistant to fire)
  • Hassle-free removal


Traditional Wallpaper

Traditional wallpaper, or “paste-apply” wallpaper, is a durable, long-term solution that requires applying an external adhesive to the wallpaper with a paste machine or roller.This creates a stronger bond with the wall than a self-adhesive material, making it well suited to more permanent applications. 

Benefits of Traditional Wallpaper:


  • Durable and long lasting, suitable to long term applications
  • Type II Commercial Grade: A medium-duty vinyl that can be used in high-traffic areas, tear resitent
  • Class A fire rating (highly resistant to fire)
  • Low VOC (free of organic chemicals that can have harmful effects)
  • Eco-friendly options available!


Whether you decide self-adhesive is the right solution for you, or if traditional wallpaper is the appropriate route – we can help bring your vision to life! Our team of experts can also provide advice and guidance if you’re not sure which is the best fit for your needs. Contact your local TPH location today to get started on your next wallcovering project.

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