Does Thermal Wallpaper Work?

Thanks to the temperamental UK weather, there's one question on every Briton's mind – how can I insulate my room better?

Fortunately, there are plenty of options on the market that don't involve spending a fortune on gas and electricity, convincing your landlord to invest in costly structural work or paying thousands of pounds for renovations. 

These surprisingly affordable and straightforward solutions include:

  • Purchasing draft stoppers, thick curtains and rugs
  • Installing heat-reflective foil behind radiators
  • Sealing air leaks in doors and windows with caulking
  • Using insulating foam in attics
  • Burning candles (safely, of course)

However, there's one method that works far better than the rest – thermal wallpaper.

What is thermal wallpaper?

Thermal wallpaper and liners add an extra insulative layer to your walls. Made from an advanced heat-securing material bonded to a high-quality lining paper, they act as a warm blanket for any sized room and make it harder for heat to escape.

Eight benefits of using thermal wallpaper

From generating heat and reducing energy bills to covering unsightly cracks and protecting against mould, there's a treasure chest of reasons to opt for thermal wallpaper.

At a glance, they include:

  • Maintains a comfortable temperature all year round
  • Saves money on energy bills
  • Reduces your carbon footprint
  • Easy-to-apply for beginner DIYers
  • Protects against damp and mould
  • Creates a smooth surface for painting or applying wallpaper
  • Plenty of options to choose from, including liners, wallpapers or panels

Still not convinced? Let’s look at the benefits in a little more detail.

Maintains a comfortable temperature all year round

Thermal wallpaper works by slowing down the rate at which cold walls soak up heat energy. Consequently, it insulates rooms considerably faster, in many cases increasing warm-up times by 65%. Thanks to its thickness, expertly blended material and advanced aerospace technology, this warmth is easily maintained even in the harshest weather conditions.

If your room is exceptionally cold, try the Wallrock KV600 Thermal Liner. It's 3.5 to 4 mm thick, offering twice the coverage of standard Wallrock Thermal Liners.

Saves money on energy bills

Forget about running-up enormous energy bills in winter – thermal wallpaper reduces the need for heating and pays for itself over time. The Energy Saving Trust even recommends Wallrock Thermal Liners (some of the most popular options on the market) because of their unbeatable efficiency and energy-saving properties.

It's best to place these liners on external walls or the inside of the coldest walls. By doing this, you could reduce your energy consumption by a whopping 35%.

Reduces your carbon footprint

Nowadays, people desperately want to reduce their carbon footprint, and more homeowners than ever are switching to clean energy providers, solar panels and LED light bulbs. Another practical way to live greener is by installing energy-efficient insulation, like wallpaper, in your home.

When you consume less non-renewable power, you decrease demand. Energy providers then look for cleaner ways to produce power, conserving the earth's natural resources and ecosystems in the process.

Easy-to-apply for beginner DIYers

Even beginner DIYers won't have a problem with thermal wallpaper because it's a paste-the-wall product, meaning you simply need a good-quality adhesive to start (we suggest Wallrock Thermal Liner Adhesive for Wallrock products).

Here's some advice to keep in mind when hanging:

  • For each roll, you'll need between 7.5 and 10 kgs of adhesive, depending on how absorbent the surface is.
  • The liner is porous, so be generous when pasting.
  • New surfaces tend to be more absorbent.
  • Put the fluffy side against the wall, so the smooth surface faces the room.
  • Have a set of sharp blades available before you start.
  • When going around sharp corners, make sure to butt-joint separate drops.
  • You can use Wallrock Thermal Liners on ceilings as well – just use a bit more adhesive.

Protects against damp and mould

Mould looks awful and leads to allergies, asthma and other medical conditions. How does it infiltrate homes? Well, walls that have a cooler surface temperature than the ambient temperature cause condensation, and the wet air breeds nasty mildew formations.

Ultimately, thermal wallpaper prevents build-up by increasing the wall's temperature to match the room while letting surfaces breathe.

Creates a smooth surface for painting or applying wallpaper

Best of all, thermal wallpaper creates an excellent surface for paint or paste-the-wall wallpapers. For a flat finish, use Wallrock Fibreliner Smooth, Wallrock Fibreliner, Wallrock Premium or Wallrock Fibreliner Plus. Alternatively, Anaglypta Armadillo and Anaglypta Armadillo Contract provide a more textured look.

If you'd like to hang traditional wallpaper over the thermal liner, use Wallrock Fibreliner before application. It stops the corners from lifting and allows you to remove wallpaper later without damaging the liner.

A word of caution – avoid putting ceramic tiles over the thermal liner. If you want to do this, use Professional Insulation Panels instead.

Plenty of options to choose from, including liners, wallpapers or panels

There's a range of thermal wallpapers and liners to choose from, which cater to every room size and surface. For example, the Wallrock KV600 Thermal Liner is super dense for extra thermal benefits while the Wallrock Cosy Liner KV300 combats heavy condensation. 

Then, covering cracked surfaces has never been easier than with the Wallrock R300 Liner. It's a specialist product for rough and damaged plaster, cracked rendering, wood panelling or plasterboard.

Where can I find thermal wallpaper that actually works?

Here at Cover Your Wall, we have an outstanding assortment of thermal wallpapers, including Wallrock Thermal Liners. They're easy to hang, highly effective and long-lasting, and you don't need a professional team on hand to help. Plus, we offer fast, free delivery on orders over £100 for your convenience.

If you have any questions about our products, call us on 0800 009 6474 or pop us an email – one of our friendly team members will be in touch as soon as possible.

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