Moss wall systems have been gaining popularity over recent years for one of many reasons: their beautiful natural look, ease of maintenance as well as eco-friendliness. If you have always been attracted to the “natural” interior design look but a living wall simply isn’t feasible, why not consider a moss wall system? Versatile and requiring minimal maintenance, a moss wall can be fitted in any commercial or residential property. Read on to find out more about moss wall systems!
What are Moss Walls Made Of?
Yes, moss walls really are made from the plant bearing the same name: the reindeer or caribou moss. A form of lichen, moss walls are set apart from “living walls” in that the moss is no longer living but has been carefully preserved to get the material we use. As a result, they do not require the same level of maintenance as living walls.
Do Moss Walls Need Water and Sunlight?
As a matter of fact, no! Moss walls do not require any form of plumbing and being placed under direct sunlight can fade them. This makes moss walls ideal for dark spaces, where you can add decorative lighting to suit the mood of your space.
Where Can Moss Walls Be Installed?
Although moss walls do not require water or sunlight, there are several factors to consider when choosing where to install one.
- Level of Humidity: Moss walls require high humidity of 40 to 50 percent in order to thrive, and they shouldn’t be installed in a dry place.
- Keep Away from Water and Sunlight: As mentioned previously, moss walls should be kept away from direct sunlight. Furthermore, placing one where it can get wet – such as next to a fountain – is not advisable as well.
- Avoid HVAC Vents: Moss walls should be kept away from HVAC vents to prevent damage.
What is the Level of Maintenance Required?
While moss walls do not require high maintenance like living walls, keeping humidity levels at an acceptable level, cleaning it for dust and arranging annual “spruce ups” are necessary. A professional technician can check if the wall and individual moss pieces are secure as well as add a fresh layer of preservative to keep your moss wall looking fresh.
How Much Does A Moss Wall Cost Compared to A Living Wall?
Besides the lower initial cost, moss walls end up costing significantly less than living walls over time due to the high maintenance fees the latter will incur. As mentioned, all you have to do for a moss wall is ensure the right level of humidity and keep it away from direct sunlight. Whereas if you have a living wall, the cost of irrigation and regular maintenance can add up over time.
Materials Inc. for Moss Walls and Living Walls
At Materials Inc., not only do we stock moss walls, we carry a wide selection of materials for wall surfaces. Need some advice or suggestions? Contact us today and we will do our best to recommend the best material for your space, depending on your unique needs. We specialize in transforming the look and feel of commercial and residential spaces with our high-quality materials and aim to deliver the best customer experience for our clients.