What is Wallrock Fibreliner?
It’s been on the market for a few years, but only recently started to become very popular with professional decorators and especially DIYers. Before we talk about Wallrock Fibreliner, let’s look at the good, old lining paper.
Lining paper is made of wood pulp – no surprises here. The fibres in wood pulp are relatively short, which means you can tear paper quite easily. This isn’t a big deal when you use paper for printing documents, photocopying etc; however, when it comes to putting it on the wall, it’s another matter as different things come to play. You won’t see it, but your walls and your house are constantly moving hence the cracks. So, when the movement becomes too much for the paper to take it will tear on your wall. Simple.
What’s the solution then?
Take the short wood pulp fibres and combine it with the long and durable textile fibres. Long fibres will ensure that the resulting material is stable, strong and it holds together well. Below you can see ‘naked’ Wallrock i.e. textile fibres – the image has been magnified. You can see long fibres going in all directions, which gives the final product ultimate tensile strength and flexibility. Now, dress it with wood pulp and you have a wallcovering, which is:
- very strong – it can take so much more of the wall movement
- easy to hang (just paste the wall and put it up). It doesn’t shrink or expand when wet, which is the case with lining paper
- you can paint it or wallpaper over it
- it’s dry strippable and allows walls to breathe
Wallrock Fibreliner texture
Let’s compare the finish / textures of traditional lining paper 1200 and Wallrock Fibreliner – see the image below. The two finishes aren’t exactly the same, but they aren’t far off – these aren’t painted. Are you wondering why the lining paper is off-white? This is the professional range of lining papers which uses virgin wood pulp (from renewable forests though) and isn’t treated in any way. You might notice that lining papers made from recycled materials are whiter. The reason is that bleach is used during the production process to get all the ink etc out of the paper. Not all that nature friendly process then.
When and why would you use Wallrock Fibreliner?
Quite a few reasons, but let’s look at the main ones:
- Walls (and ceilings) that crack often and need to be reinforced. No lining paper will match the strength and durability of Wallrock Fibreliner.
- If you are a DIYer, you don’t want to be buying paste tables just to do one room. With Wallrock Fibreliner you paste the wall and hang the wallcovering directly onto it. For those who don’t know, when hanging lining paper (or traditional wallpaper) you need to apply the adhesive to the lining paper first, fold it and wait for about 10 minutes before hanging it on the wall. At this point lining paper has expanded (it’s wet and that’s what paper does when wet) and will try to shrink on the wall when it’s drying
- If you are a professional decorator, you can complete the job much faster.
How many Wallrock Fibreliners are there?
There’s only one Wallrock Fibreliner, but it comes in different roll lengths and widths – it’s part of the Wallrock range of products though and the name Wallrock refers to the production method that they are all based on. You can compare it to lining paper 1200 grade in terms of the thickness.