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Wallpaper Problems: What’s Wrong?

May 23, 2018 | By: admin
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A man's hand with a craft knife cutting wallpaper against the edge of a putty knife.

Does you wallpaper peel, curl, or show stains? Is your wallpaper’s pattern distorted by bumps or divots in the wall’s surface?Gallo Paint and Wallpapering, the wallpaper installation experts for homes and businesses throughout Westchester County and surrounding areas understand that in order for wallpaper to maintain its beauty as well as paint does, it must be installed properly.

Open seams. Are your wallpapers seams spreading open? This is a common problem with wallpaper that is most often caused by improper installation by failing to completely cover the back of the wallpaper with adhesive or from squeezing out the adhesive while rolling the newly created seam flat with the wall. You can easily spot treat curling or spreading seams by applying a little adhesive to the back of the paper and reapplying it to the wall.

Curling corners. Similar to the causes of open seams, wallpapers may curl at the corners from not having adequate adhesive applied to the entire sheet of paper. The glue in this area may also have dried more quickly than the adhesive in the center of the sheet and may now not have the sticking power it once had. Gratefully, curling corners can be pasted down anew with a little dab of white glue.

Streaks and stains. Streaks on the surface of the wallpaper may be left if you use too much adhesive during the installation of the wallpaper and not rinsing it off completely. The adhesive residue will attract dust and dirt to the surface of the wallpaper and stain it. Most wallpaper is washable (except fabrics and grass cloths), so removing the excess residue may not be as difficult as living with the stain on the paper.

Gaps. Are there gaps where the sheets of wallpaper meet? Can you see the wall’s surface in between the hung sheets of wallpaper? The gaps that may be seen between sheets of wallpaper are typically the result of poor installation methods or a lack of attention to detail. When wallpaper is moistened with water (for self-adhering papers) or with paste, the paper will absorb some of this moisture and expand some. After hanging, the wallpaper may continue to expand on the wall causing bubbles or blisters or the edges may dry out and not adhere. Improper surface preparation may also cause some wallpapers to contract on the wall resulting in gaps. If wallpaper edges are stretched during hanging, as it dries on the wall, it may return to its original shape causing the gaps.

Gallo Paint has nearly 30 years of experience installing wallpaper in Westchester County homes. That kind of experience means that we know the pitfalls that can befall a do-it-yourself wallpaper installer. We can help you with expert wallpaper installation and interior and exterior painting services for the best results possible.

Gallo Paint & Wallpapering have exterior house painters on staff. If you have any questions pertaining to a painting contractor, painting company, interior house painter, and exterior house painter in Westchester, NY , Putnam County, NY, and Fairfield County, CT, contact Gallo Paint & Wallpapering at (845) 890-8068.

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We are very pleased with the results! Professional and punctual. Finished ahead of estimate too! Planning to hire again in the fall.

- Ann Kerr Greenfieldt

Al and his team were originally supposed to come in just to paint our apartment. We did not have a good experience with our original contractor and Al and his team came in and cleaned up the mess that our nightmare of a contractor left us with. Al's team was trustworthy, quick, clean, affordable and did a fantastic job with our project. We would recommend Al and his company to anyone! Thanks for saving the day!

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The painters did an excellent job on both the interior and exterior of my house. In addition to patching and sanding the walls, they also gave my home a flawless color update. I would definitely recommend.

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We recently had our basement renovated and hired Gallo Painting to do the entire space. The job was neat and professional and the price for all of the work done was fair. Al is a great problem solver who fabricated some small doors to cover an upgraded electrical panel. I was searching for similar doors online and they were several hundred dollars. His work is perfect and was much less. I can't wait to have them come back and do my upstairs!

- Thomas Mehnert

We have been using Gallo Paint and Wallpapering Company for the past 10 years! We recently moved into a new house and Al Gallo and his painters were still the best. They are master painters, as well as punctual, clean, neat, and very reliable. The crews work well together and are friendly and competent. I would highly recommend them for any work you need done!

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