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Wallpapers vs Painting the wall & Leakage problem

Recently we got an email from a Pune Home Owner – “I live in Pune and i am obsessed with changing the look of my house by getting it re-painted or adding textures. Having heard about wallpapers, can I opt for wallpapers instead of painting and how often do I need change this wallpaper?”

Our Reply –
“Because of its availability and easy installation, wallpapers have become quite popular. With your obsession, wallpapers will prove to be the best option as it will not only save your time, but also add style and design to your home. We have a variety of wallpapers to choose from, say it plain wallpapers, colored wallpapers, textured ones to 3-dimensional ones. Wallpapers are easily installed and changeable. Now-a-days you get washable wallpapers, where you can use a get cloth and wipe if any stain or mark on it. If maintained and cleaned regularly, wallpapers can stay for as good as 8-10 years. You can change wallpapers every 4-5 years if you want a new look to you home/room.”

Many Home Owners have leakage issue & it has created stains on the wall. For such Home owner is Wall Paper an option at all ??? And what about outside wall , is it possible to do wall paper on exterior ?

Wallpaper Leakage Problem

Wallpaper Peeling Beacause of Leakage Problem

Well, Wallpapers are absolute NO NO on the walls where there’s a leakage problem. Because of leakage problem the wallpaper will start peeling and it may turn pale. So before installing, check with leakage problems and if any, they need to be repaired first. I would suggest you to think of other option then wallpaper for outside wall, because natural resources like sun light, rainfall, etc. will effect wallpaper’s life. It will either fade sooner than its life or may wear out easily.

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  1. Vijay Gayakwad 8 July 2017 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    I bought new 2 BHK flat. My master bedroom having a leakage problem. Due to this wall putty came outside. Is there any option of waterproof wallpaper?


    • contractorbhai 10 July 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      Vijay sir, water leakage problem should be fixed, else it will spoil further plaster and paint in the house. No Paint / Putty / Wallpaper can hold on to leakages. Water finds its way. Even if you put wall tiling, water will find area that is no tiled and it will create problem.
      Fix source of the problem first instead of spending money on any other areas.

  2. Shivani 22 October 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Hi! We bought a new house which shares its outer walls on both sides with neighboring houses.The left side wall has dampness,most probably coming from some leakage problem in the neighnour’s house.In case they do not allow us to fix it from their side of the wall,what other alternatives to we have, to waterproof our wall?


    • contractorbhai 23 October 2017 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Hello Shivani ji, unfortunately there are no shortcuts when it comes to water leakages. You have to fix root cause. There are ways in which you can block dampness ( say you do wall tiling inside your room). But water is very tricky, it will find some alternate way to enter inside some other wall. So very important that you solve root cause of the problem.

    • Abdul Rauf 16 August 2019 at 10:40 am - Reply

      I have a flate there is seapage in bathroom wall and also room wall effected.i could not remove seapage and to cover the wall by wall paper , is it possible and better ?

      • contractorbhai 22 August 2019 at 3:00 pm - Reply

        unless you fix water seapage problem, no wallpaper will hold good

  3. Amit chakraborty 16 April 2019 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Hi, I want to decorate my home with wall paper. My house is newly made with out paint and putty. Please guide me what kind of wall required for wall paper.

    • contractorbhai 19 April 2019 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Let wallpaper installer have a look at the wall and decide if there are any preparation steps required. For wallpaper require smooth wall & layer of primer.

  4. steve 13 June 2019 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Hi,,, i want to use wall paper in living room. but in two side walls, in particular area only, paints comes off, like salt on walls, no water leakage. what should i do, paint or i can use wall paper? and which wall paper. also what would be its life?

    • contractorbhai 20 June 2019 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      if paint comes out, even wall paper will someday. Unless you fix problem neither paint nor wallpaper will stay. Other Permanenet option is Wall Tiling

  5. Nikhil M 21 August 2019 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Hello i have put wallpaper in my workspace and all walls where wallpaper is put lower level area have changed color and when i touch it is moisture ridden is color patches on wallpaper is beacuse of damp or faulty wall paper as it has happened only at lower levels of all walls

    • contractorbhai 22 August 2019 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      If wall has water seapage issue, no wall paper will hold on the wall. You have to fix the source of problem.

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