In busy environments such as healthcare, hospitality or education settings, areas defined by internal walls typically house a lot of furniture and equipment, experience heavy foot traffic and are highways for wheeled equipment such as trolleys and patient transport.
While external walls are typically of robust construction, walls that divide interior spaces are often made of lighter grade materials, and because of their heavy use, are prone to damage.
This damage might not compromise the integrity of the wall, but it does create an unsightly aesthetic.
Wall protection systems are designed to protect walls in high-traffic areas from damage, scratches, bumps, and rubs.
The cost of installing wall protection as early as possible will deliver a compelling return on investment in three key areas:
1. Customer experience
Customer experience is defined as everything related to an organisation that affects a customer’s perception and feelings about it. It is about how the customer feels about the sum of their interactions with a business and is the key driver of customer retention, lifetime value and brand loyalty.
For busy organisations with high foot and equipment traffic, wall damage is often highly visible and diminishes the overall customer experience as it creates an impression of lack of care, financial hardship, and sloppy maintenance. It is human nature to assume that lack of care in one part of an operation is reflected in other parts as well.
2. Reduced maintenance
In busy organisations, interior walls continually suffer from wear and tear, and prevention of damage is more cost-effective than repair. The presence of wall protection systems are an effective solution to a long-term problem that results in greatly reduced maintenance and lower operating expenses.
3. Improved safety
In addition to minimising damage, high-value-add wall protection systems such as illuminated hand and bump rails increase visibility and safety in installed areas and reducing the risk of work-related injuries and accidents.
Wall surfaces are rarely cleaned and constantly touched, and without effective sanitisation protocols, can become a health hazard. Wall protection systems with anti-microbial coatings are increasingly popular as an effective defence against germs.
As an architect, builder, or property manager, you’re probably familiar with Latham products such as expansion joint covers, stair tread nosing and tactile indicators. You may not, however, be aware that Latham also offer a full range of wall protection products including:
- Bump rails
- Illuminated hand / bump rails
- Corner guards
- Wall sheets
As you would expect from Latham, their wall protection products are superbly engineered, extremely durable, fully customisable, and available in a range of colours to compliment the aesthetic of your project.
If you would like to download the Latham Wall Protection Systems catalogue, please click here.
Latham – 70 years of Australian manufacturing
In an era dominated by offshore manufacturing and imported goods, Latham product development, testing, manufacturing, and quality control is performed in-house at our premises in Gladesville in Sydney. The name Latham is synonymous with quality and Latham have been the recipient of over 30 awards including numerous Australian Design Awards. Latham products can be found in many prestigious buildings around the world including the Sydney Opera House, Singapore’s Changi Airport, and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.