What Is the Difference Between Commercial and Residential-Grade Vinyl Wall Coverings?

November 29th, 2023 | in Wall Protection
What Is the Difference Between Commercial and Residential-Grade Vinyl Wall Coverings?

When you think of vinyl wall coverings, you might visualize that groovy design from your grandmother's kitchen, but hold onto your hats because today's vinyl options are as diverse as your Spotify playlists.

In our current world, the choices for wall treatments are endless, and knowing the difference between commercial and residential-grade vinyl wall coverings can mean the difference between a wall that pops and one that flops.


Let's start by discussing wall integrity. First up are commercial coverings, which are made to resist the pounding, prodding, and general mayhem that happens in high-traffic locations like hospital hallways and workplace corridors. These wall coverings are resilient, with thick layers of wear that withstand scratches and stains with grace.

Comparatively speaking, residential grade lacks that same type of strength. Instead, these panels are visually beautiful and flexible.


Think of commercial vinyl as a simple, low-maintenance cladding that is resistant to dirt and wear with little damage indicators. Its strong, protective layers are built for extended life and little maintenance.

On the other hand, residential-grade vinyl requires more kindness. These cladding kinds are not as durable and are more prone to physical harm and abrasive cleaning agents. When cleaning residential vinyl, take additional care to use a gentle cloth and a mild detergent.


Price is always a critical element, and while good commercial-grade vinyl won't require you to sell your firstborn—it’s pricier than residential for valid reasons: endurance, maintenance, and often larger quantity purchases.

Picking the right vinyl for your walls isn’t about flipping a coin; it’s about aligning your space's needs with the strengths of your chosen material. Get commercial grade when you want walls that work hard and play harder. Opt for residential when cozy and charming aesthetics trump daily duels with dirt.

WallPro, based in Surrey, BC, provides and installs specialized wall coverings to meet stringent standards for sterile or hygienic purposes.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about specialized wall systems for your business, please call us at (778) 746-6286.

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