Frequent Questions

You can find answers below to the questions we’re most often asked. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please don’t hesitate to call us, or you can use our contact form. Clicking on a question displays the answer. Clicking on the question a second time hides the answer.

Architectural overlays are industrial strength micro-overlay laminate sheets. They are self-adhesive and flexible. Our Architectural overlays are precision manufactured from a blend of synthetic engineered plastics, and produced through a proprietary calendaring process. They are printed with high-definition, state-of-the-art presses and backed with a super-strong adhesive.

These commercial grade architectural finishes are ideal for resurfacing hard, smooth surfaces. The product installs quickly and without the renovation mess and waste, dust, inconvenience and cost associated with conventional architectural finish materials. We can resurface doors, elevator cabs, reception counters, cabinets, columns, hallways, walls and ceilings. Further, our micro overlay laminates can adhere perfectly to curved and rounded surfaces, and other complex shapes.

There is simply no comparison. These surfaces are micro overlays with three-dimensional textures (like embossed metal or paper) that feel and reflect light like the actual materials. The result is a heightened level of realism that is simply not possible with an ordinary vinyl printed wall covering or wallpaper. And with more than 1,500 patterns to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Architectural overlays will transform your surfaces and create incredible aesthetic results.

Because with advances in durability and three-dimensional surface texturing, it’s virtually impossible to tell the difference between our Architectural Finshes and the actual material. Once you see an installation in person, the cost savings, LEED value, elimination of dust, waste and demolition, and the ability to complete a renovation or new installation with minimal disruption of building activities present an unbeatable value proposition.

Architectural Finshes can deliver your vision at a fraction of the price of natural materials, with amazing realism. While prices vary depending upon surface preparation requirements and other factors, material and labor costs are usually less than half of the corresponding costs for woods, metals, stone, fabrics and other materials. That said, your total renovation costs can be reduced by 75% or more when all factors are considered, and you may realize benefits beyond direct cost savings. Consider the following:

  • Existing wall finishes and substrates, doors, casework, columns, counters and displays can be reused, eliminating the costs of demolition and waste removal.
  • Renovations are completed without dust, construction mess, power tool noise, and indoor foot traffic pattern detours, so revenue producing activities can continue and productivity impacts are minimal.
  • Shipping cost savings for materials replicated (for example, bamboo and marble) that are not produced locally can be substantial.
  • Equipment costs are eliminated because no forklifts or other equipment are needed to move heavy materials.
  • Project completion times are dramatically reduced. When a renovation project for a restaurant, hotel, retail store, museum, leased office, apartment building or condominium project will drive incremental new revenue, the extra cash flow is realized faster.

Surfacequest offers Architectural Fusions in any texture you can imagine: fine wood grains, metallic finishes, solid colours, carbon fiber, marble, leathers, sandstone, bamboo and much, much more. We can currently offer you more than 1,500 patterns to choose from.

Our most popular Architectural Fusions have been used for more than 20 years in five-star hotels, Class A commercial office buildings, hospitals and medical offices, restaurants, major department stores and condominium complexes. The technology first achieved popularity in Asia and has proven its resilience and durability in high-traffic areas and extreme weather conditions. You should expect nothing less than exceptional performance.

Our surfaces, wall panels and decorative finishes resist abrasion, staining, chemicals, and comply with Class A flammability standards for commercial buildings. They stand up to conditions and can be repaired more easily than than most natural materials. We also offer solid color surfaces with special anti-microbial properties for hospitals, physician and dentist offices, athletic and school facilities.

Yes, some can. Our patterns rated for exterior use feature an anti-corrosive film layer that protects the Fusion sheet against ultraviolet (UV) sunlight exposure, rain, snow, ice and airborne pollutants. Exterior-rated Fusions can be applied to steel, metal and glass surfaces on building exteriors. The only requirement is that the substrate surface be solid and smoot.

Yes. Our products are warranted for three years when installed by Surfacequest certified and approved installers. We offer the longest warranty available for protective and adhesive coatings and finish material

No. As you might expect, some patterns are requested so rarely that it would not be cost-effective to stock them. We can usually deliver the two dozen or so most popular patterns from local stock.

One roll of an Architectural Fusion pattern measures 4 feet x 164 feet (1.22 meters x 50 meters) and covers 656 square feet (about 61 square meters) of surface area. The thickness of a Fusion sheet is only 0.006 inches (0.152 mm) after removal of the release paper, not including the negligible thickness of the adhesive.

Our Architectural Fusions can be applied to doors—including elevator doors—and store fixtures without affecting the operation of moving parts. And Architectural Fusions weigh less than other protective and adhesive finish materials and decorative products; less than eight ounces per linear yard (203 grams per square meter). This makes Architectural Fusions lighter than the lightest alternative Type 1 commercial wall covering. Consequently, Architectural Fusions are the ideal solution when weight is an important factor.

Architectural Finshes can be correctly adhered to virtually any smooth, non-porous surface. The most common of these surfaces are polished stone, metal, plastic laminate, melamine and glass. Finshes can also be applied to smooth porous surfaces that have been properly prepped to provide a Fusion-ready substrate. Finshes cannot be installed over rough surfaces like brick or concrete, unless a smooth Fusion-ready substrate is first provided. For each installation of our Architectural Finshes, we assess the substrate upon which it will be applied. Substrates generally fall into one of three categories:

  • Level I.  Substrates that need virtually no preparation. Smooth, non-porous surfaces that can simply be wiped clean prior to installation of the Fusions product. Examples include polished stone, metal, plastic laminate, melamine and glass.
  • Level II.  Imperfect substrates. These surfaces require a moderate level of preparation or repair to become Fusion-ready substrates. Examples include:
    • chipped and loose plastic laminate
    • surfaces with noticeable dents and scratches (which need to be filled)
    • porous surfaces that require sealing and/or finishing like raw wood, sheetrock and medium density fiberboard (MDF).
  • Level III.  Substrates that need more extensive preparation and repair, or surfaces that require addition of a secondary/new substrate to provide a smooth, non-porous surface for a Fusion-ready installation. This scenario arises when the cost of labor to strip an existing substrate and remove the waste is more expensive than adding a new substrate. Brick and concrete require an additional substrate, such as Sintra panels, melamine, or aluminum composite panel (ACP) before Fusions can be installed.

Examples of Fusion-ready substrates:

  • metal
  • polished stone
  • glass
  • melamine
  • sealed wood
  • plastic laminate and high pressure laminate (HPL)
  • aluminum composite panels (ACP)

Examples of substrates that are not Fusion-ready:

  • medium density fiberboard (MDF)
  • high density fiberboard (HDF)
  • sheetrock
  • fiberglass reinforced gypsum (GRG/FRG)
  • brick and concrete

No. Only Surfacequest certified installers are trained and qualified to install Architectural Fusions. The Surfacequest product warranty is null and void without certified installation.

Yes. You can download it from our Technical Information page.

Yes, and the impact is huge. According to the American Institute of Architects, construction and demolition waste are estimated to add more than 165 million tons to landfills each year—25 to 40% of the total. The sustainability consulting firm GreenIT determined in 2009 that for every pound of our Architectural Fusions used in renovation projects, at least eight pounds of demolition waste and landfill impact are avoided.

Architectural Fusions have such a significant impact because existing surfaces can be used as substrates for our Fusions (in some cases, a new substrate must be applied over the existing surface to provide a proper foundation for adhering the Fusion sheet). As for new construction, Architectural Fusions deliver the warmth and aesthetics of natural materials without depleting precious natural resources.

No. Fusion products and the self-adhesive backing do not produce any odors. Some odor is produced by the cleaning solution (denatured alcohol) used to clean the existing substrate before adhering Fusion sheets. An additional odor that sometimes occurs comes from a secondary contact adhesive used at edges to ensure extra bonding strength. Whenever a substrate needs a filling agent (like Bondo) to fill screw holes, a brief but stronger odor will occur. Fusion sheets have extremely low VOC ratings and the material does not off-gas like many paints, carpets and synthetic fabrics. We always take extra precautions in hospitals and other healthcare environments. If necessary, a project can be completed at night to keep the daytime work environment free of odors.