Applying wallpaper can be an expensive, time-consuming process, so when it starts to peel, it’s normal to feel frustrated.

Since peeling wallpaper is unattractive to look at, you may be tempted to complete a quick fix. But ignoring the root cause of the problem will is not a good idea! In fact, it will only result in your wallpaper peeling again in the near future.

Here are the four most common reasons wallpaper peels in condominium buildings and what you can do about them.

 Humidity Issues

When exposed to humidity, wallpaper can start peeling at corners and seams. Not only is this unattractive, but the possible creation of mould behind the wallpaper can create various health implications.

Proper prep products and techniques is the key when installing wallpaper in a humid environment. If there are a lot of coats of glossy paint underneath your wallpaper, allow even longer for the adhesive to fully cure.

Even better? Choose a wallpaper that is known for its ability to handle moist, warm air. Fabric-backed vinyl wallcovering and micro-vented vinyl are both highly resistant to moisture.

Water Leaks

Whether it’s from roof damage, plumbing issues or appliance failures, water is one of wallpaper’s worst enemies.

When water leaks down the wall, it’s only a matter of time before damage is about to occur. Even when water is no longer covering the wallpaper, you will have a new issue to deal with: staining. That’s why it’s crucial that you deal with the source of the water leak first before making any wallpaper repairs.

Even with the best intentions, water leaks can still happen. If that’s the case, addressing them as quickly as possible can help prevent extensive damage.


If you’re noticing small holes in your wallpaper, you may have a termite problem. If that’s the case, contact a professional pest control company to get rid of the termites before completing any wallpaper repairs.

Improper Installation

Oftentimes when marks and bubbles appear on your walls, poor installation is to blame.

Is the wallpaper seam misaligned? Are the corners peeling downwards? Have large bubbles appeared throughout the paper?

Depending on the wallpaper issue, a variety of methods can be used to repair the damage including using seam adhesives and wooden seam rollers. Sometimes, entire sheets need to be replaced if the peeling is so bad.

Hire a Qualified Condominium Common Space Designer

The best way to deal with wallpaper peeling is to avoid the problem in the first place! Choosing a suitable wallpaper and an experienced wallpaper installer can help ensure you will get many years out of your wallpaper. Let us help you with the interior design of your condominium common spaces! Contact our team today to learn more about our design services.


By Sarah McKenzie