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Why choose vinyl graphics for my school walls?

Do you think of having a wall-mounted graphic put up in your college, school or at a university?

Are you unsure of the various choices are?

As wall graphic designers and teachers of all things display for schools, we have assisted schools across the UK discover between the advantages and disadvantages of each and choose the best wall art material. This article will discuss what makes vinyl appropriate for schools and also explains what you should know before making a decision on your next project.

What is a wall graphics?

Wall vinyls can be positioned around the wall’s obstruction and aren’t limited in size or design.

Every image or design which is put on an interior wall with self-adhesive or self-adhesive can be considered to be wall art or a wall graphics. This is the most popular and the cheapest form of wall art. With larger-sized designs being placed on your wall in sections known as drops, there is no ceiling for the size of an image on the wall. Wall graphics can cover the entire wall (like wallpaper in your home) or they can be sized and cut to suit any shape.

There are numerous vinyl products for companies to select from, each offering various degrees of success adhering to painted walls. You could reduce costs by using less expensive varieties of vinyl, however it’s not likely to last as long since the adhesive was not made to adhere to painted surfaces. These are less prone to surface tension and generally require an expert wall vinyl.

Why should I choose vinyl graphics for my school’s walls?

Vinyl wall graphics are a great choice for schools as they are affordable, simple to put up and are protected by a film or laminate to shield the print from scratches and scratch marks. Wall wraps that are complete in areas like hallways or other areas that are frequented by traffic can create a huge impact on the appearance of your room and, as they are washable, could help reduce the expense of redecorating walls annually.

What kind or wall will I require to install a vinyl graphic?

School wall graphics look best on walls that have a smooth, painted surface and are free of obstructions as they can be. Vinyl is able to be placed around light switches, sockets and other obstacles, however, if there is a lot of conduits, pipes, and trunking sections that are covering the wall, the design might not stand out and be more difficult to make an effective impact.

Vinyl is able to display any bumps or imperfections present on your wall. To get the most perfect finish, it’s always recommended to fill in any gaps or holes, then clean and paint your wall when it’s in need of it. The more polished the surface looks, the better the wall art you put up appear once it’s installed.

Certain vinyl products are available and can be affixed directly on blocks and brick walls, but make sure you know the cost of installation since they will take longer to put in than panels. In addition, since they do not cover the wall’s texture, it is important to consider the viewing distance to ensure that your design can be seen in the way you would like without the texture becoming distracting.

Is it possible to easily alter an image on a wall?

Since they are able to last for 10 or more years indoors, it is advisable to consider using a wall vinyl as a medium-term display option. After your vinyl is installed, it is not possible to change the design easily without taking it off which leaves your wall needing some kind of change before doing any other thing with it. If you require more flexibility or require a shorter-term solution there are plenty of alternatives that could meet your requirements better.

Students will be able to take the vinyl off the wall?

Vinyl is prone to being scrutinized by curious fingernails only when there is an obvious edge. If your design runs over the entire wall floor-to ceiling, then this is the most effective way to guard from this type of scrutiny. If your design has to be stopped before the ceiling or wall, then think about trimming your design. This will conceal the vinyl edge, and make it much easier to decorate each year.

Wall vinyl is cut into intricate designs if the design you want to create needs it. While in some areas they can be a great solution, take into consideration that shapes cut designs may cost more per square meter, and are much easier to take off the wall than designs with full coverage and are more difficult for your team on site to embellish around.

What type of care do wall graphics made of vinyl need?

After your vinyl wall art is up and running, it will require minimal or no maintenance. If it has the protection of a laminate which allows you to utilize stronger cleaning solutions than if your ink is not protected. A gentle wash using the standard surface cleaner can take away most scratches and marks. Isopropyl alcohol cleaners or alcohol wipes may be used to wash off the more difficult marks.

Can wall vinyl be fixed?

If the design on your vinyl has been damaged, ripped or torn, the only method to fix the damage is by applying the use of a vinyl patch. In the majority of cases the patched are placed in a way that you don’t see them particularly if the patch is cut to be a part of the design. If this isn’t possible however, there could be an option to design the patch so that the patch to be less at all. When the damages are severe it may be necessary for a section remove, wall painted and a new section of vinyl installed.

When you apply any vinyl patch or other addition that has been applied in retrospect there is a chance that the colors may not be in harmony. This could be more challenging with certain printers than with others. For instance, latex printers are especially vulnerable to this issue of colour matching and can cause small colour variations on the same print between days.

What can cause a graphic made of vinyl to fail?

There are three primary reasons your vinyl could start peeling off your wall: the effects of temperature fluctuations, an ineffective installation, or uncompatible paint.


Vinyl is made for expansion and contraction when it cools and heats. It is anticipated to shrink slightly with time. This is why joints are placed with an overlap to ensure that gaps in your image are not visible over time. If the temperature fluctuations are greater they can stretch excessive, weakening your bond, cause the vinyl to lose adhesion. You could be in trouble using vinyl in these regions.

Poor installation

Wall vinyls generally are more adhesive than sign-making, and the process of applying them is also a bit different. For the best results the wall vinyls should be applied dry and smooth on a wall which has been cleared and cleaned. It’s very possible for smaller images to get an excellent finish using DIY methods, but large full-coverage walls should be left to only the professionals.

Paint that is incompatible or poorly varnished walls

While vinyl is suitable for application to any wall however, it requires high surface tension to allow the adhesive to “key into’, so it’s not suitable for all paint finish. Paints with added silicone is not able to provide a strong bond. The majority of wall vinyl experts will be able to conduct the wall with a test using the paint they recommend and will show the degree to which the vinyl will adhere. If the paint is not thick enough, or (for new constructions) the plaster wasn’t properly prepared, this could cause the paint to fail.

Vinyl graphics: pros and cons graphics


Cost effective

Quick to set up

Are they able to withstand the rigors of school life?

It is possible to clean

Hight impact

No maximum size.


It isn’t easy to make changes

Not suitable for certain locations.

The possibility of being picked on is the area is not secured or positioned strategically

If you’re still unsure whether a wall-mounted vinyl graphic is the best option for your college, school or university, then contact us.

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