Make your walls beautiful
By Elizabeth A. Brown, managing editor
Whether you're building a new facility or updating your hospital, don't overlook wall finishes. Wayne Usiak, AIA, a Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board member and principal of BDA Architecture PC in Albuquerque, N.M., suggests you consider these options for your practice:
Paint. A new coat of paint is inexpensive, easy to apply, and simple to repair or replace. But paint can scratch easily, and adequate substrate preparation is vital. For easier cleaning and touchups, use eggshell paint. Apply semigloss paint in wet areas and epoxy in animal-holding areas.
Vinyl covering. This wall finish is durable and resists most scratches. Vinyl coverings feature many colors, textures, and designs.
Sheet plastic. These 1/32-inch-thick sheets are available in as many as 50 solid colors and glue on the wall. They resist scratches and impact.
Plastic laminate. Apply plastic laminate directly on the wall or wood sheeting and then onto the wall. Laminate features many designs and offers durability.
Ceramic tile. Glazed, porcelain-finished, or matte tile offers significant design flexibility. Tile resists moisture and is available in a variety of sizes.
Fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) board. This durable, easy-to-clean material is 1/16-inch thick and features a pebble texture surface. FRP board is available in white, beige, and gray with a variety of corner and edge trims.
Don't overlook wall finishes when building or remodeling your facility. A little extra attention to your finish options can give your hospital a lasting, polished look.
March 2000 Veterinary Economics