Interior finishes typically vary throughout each property dependent upon the desired finish and use of the area. Other aspects such as the price, the colors, the durability, the acoustic qualities and the reflective nature of the finishes are all important in the selection criteria. Well designed interior finishes can help make spaces feel more spacious, inviting and comfortable. As buildings are continually striving to become more green, environmental considerations are playing a crucial role: are the finishes from a renewal source, are they local, are they low-emitting materials etc.?

As interior finishes are subjected to general wear and tear, and environmental conditions (such as ultraviolet (UV) light and moisture) it is important that they are inspected and maintained to preserve the visual aesthetics of the property. Interior finishes can also be troublesome, and it is important to take precautionary steps in the identification, testing and management of materials. This is especially true for older buildings that may contain lead-based paint, asbestos, areas of mold (or suspected microbial growth), or even Chinese drywall etc.

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