Hygienic Wall Cladding Explained: Satins vs Gloss

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Hygienic Wall Cladding Explained: Satins vs Gloss

When installing Hygienic Cladding, one of the main things to consider is what colour and finish you need on your project. Aside from being a practical product, wall cladding is also a statement in the overall look of your room, and so it is important to fully contemplate what you want the overall look of your installation to be, and what the right cladding would be. Gloss sheets have a shiny finish, and have brighter, more vibrant colours. On the other hand, satin sheets tend to be pastel colours, and are a matte finish.

Gloss Sheets

Gloss finish sheets are very impactful to use in a project. Hycom’s range of gloss sheets are called ‘Hycom Vitals’, and Altro’s range is under ‘Altro Whiterock Chameleon’. Both Vitals and Chameleon have a wide range of very bright and vibrant colours. If you want a statement piece for your project in any colour from yellow through to pink, a gloss sheet will give you the impact you need in your rooms. We usually recommend using gloss sheets for splashbacks, as a feature wall, or to highlight a certain area of a room i.e. a fire exit.

Whilst neither gloss or satin sheets are scratch resistant, any mark on a gloss sheet is also much more noticeable, as it is shiny. Due to the ease at which gloss sheets can be tarnished, it is important to put them in areas where there is low footfall, or where they are mostly out of reach from anything which may cause them damage. One final drawback to using a gloss sheet, is that they tend to be the most expensive sheets you can buy, so whilst they are a statement, it is important to think about if they can feasibly be covered by the budget of your project.

Satin Sheets

Satin sheets are very diverse. Whether you want to install in a kitchen, bathroom, or entrance way, a satin sheet would be suitable. There is an ever wide variety of colours in both our own, and Altro’s satin collections, so there is plenty to choose from. Not only this, but all standard white whiterock sheets are also satin finish. Satin sheets work out as the cheaper option for a colourful alternative to standard whiterock.Altro Satins

Whilst satin sheets are more scratch resistant than their gloss alternatives, they should still not be used in extremely high traffic areas, or places whether they are likely to be knocked. For an anti scratch, or impact resistance sheet, wall protection should be used.


It goes without saying that one of the most important aspects when designing a project, is the overall finished look. Whether you want a clean & clinical aesthetic, or a show stopping feature wall, both gloss and satin sheets can be used to get the look you want. By taking into account where you will be installing, and what is most practical, you can ensure that whatever colour you go for, the practicality and hygienic integrity can still be maintained.

How can Hycom help?

We are experts in supplying and installing hygienic wall cladding and take great pride in passing on our knowledge and skills to our customers. We understand the basic functions of products and wherever possible this is delivered with the most aesthetically pleasing solution in mind. Get in touch today on contact@hycom.co.uk or call 01420 559 802 and we'll be happy to talk through your requirements.

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