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In Focus: Interior Wall Protection Upgrades Help Meet Facility Management Benchmarks

An upgrade in interior wall protection is more than just a facelift; it can reinforce branding as well as reduce long-term maintenance and repair costs.

Q3 2016
Trends constantly shift. The challenge is that design and renovations are sometimes stuck playing catch-up.

However, when considering an investment in interior upgrades, owners, planners, and managers have options to boost visual appeal and meet facility goals or benchmarks, such as reduced maintenance costs. Learn four reasons an upgrade in interior wall protection does more than give the walls a facelift.

1. Reinforce Branding
Upgrading a facility’s interior doesn’t mean owners or designers need to sacrifice appearance for resilience. High-quality wall protection is available in a variety of options, including real and simulated woods and metals, as well as custom colors. In addition, interior wall options offer the opportunity to reinforce a brand. A facility can use colors, designs, and motifs to create the ideal environment, whether it’s for a transportation hub, biotech center, or industrial campus. Some wall protection options can be customized by embedding digital imagery, including logos, for a distinctive interior.

2. Streamline Installation
In years past, construction crews found that cumbersome bracket and clip systems made it a challenge to install custom wall shapes or complex panel configurations for demountable wall panels. Upgraded wall protection options help meet construction or renovation benchmarks by relying on reimagined hardware that simplifies installation. In some cases, heavy-duty wall protection can be installed in half the time of interior wall panel systems that require outdated installation methods.

3. Reduce Long-term Maintenance and Repair Costs
High-traffic areas take a beating from daily use and that damage translates into dollars for building owners and facility managers. An investment in heavy-duty wall protection lowers long-term janitorial and maintenance costs by lining hallways, rooms, and other spaces with material resilient enough to withstand day-to-day use and abuse. Quality materials allow janitorial staff to easily maintain a building’s professional appearance, often without the use of special cleansers or equipment.

An investment in heavy-duty wall protection boosts branding potential, streamlines installation, reduces long-term cleaning and maintenance costs, and contributes to green initiatives. The same simplified hardware that helps streamline installation in advanced wall protection also makes it easier to meet maintenance goals. These heavy-duty options empower maintenance staff to remove individual wall panels with little or no hassle, enabling crews to better manage common high-traffic repairs, such as dings, chips, or heavy scuffs. Quick removal and repair also reduces the visual downtime from missing panels.

4. Contribute to Green Goals
Green buildings consume 25 percent less energy and feature 19 percent lower maintenance costs than non-green buildings, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition, researchers found that tenants and workers in LEED buildings were healthier and more productive than those in non-LEED facilities. Durable interior wall protection can be one way to contribute to facility green or sustainability benchmarks. Products made from PVC-free materials, renewable materials, or recycled content may help contribute toward LEED credits. These options also reduce the potential risk from chemical substances that impact health, air quality, and the environment.

Upgrading the appearance of a facility is about much more than giving the interior a facelift. An investment in heavy-duty wall protection boosts branding potential, streamlines installation, reduces long-term cleaning and maintenance costs, and contributes to green initiatives.

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