1: What is Marlite®? Commercial Interior Wall Panels
Marlite® is a leading manufacturer in commercial interior wall panels. Interior wall panels are pre-engineered durable and decorative panels specifically created for focal areas, accent walls and branded areas.
Marlite® wall panels add an artistic “wow” factor to any space offering hundreds of different finishes, transparent and translucent materials, LED lighting and other design options. Virtually if you can think it, they can make it! Marlite® wall panels ship ready to install on any vertical surface with its’ easy snap-fit framing and are used in a multitude of spaces including in healthcare facilities, schools, universities, restaurants or other commercial spaces, especially where there has been an increased focus on design.
In addition to an aesthetic focus, Marlite® interior wall panels are incredibly sturdy, durable and fabricated with the latest technology. “Marlite’s automated staining process, roto-gravure finishing line and high-speed digital printer feature state of the art technology that – combined with our stringent quality control processes – provides a consistent aesthetic proven to meet or exceed expectations.”¹ Marlite® wall panels are easily cleaned and can meet sanitary conditions.
2. Types of Wall Panels
Marlite® provides a variety of interchangeable wall panel systems including feature walls, commons spaces, and first impressions ideal for any project, whether it be a focal point, primary or secondary space. While each panel system has a variety of materials, finishes and sizes, they can often be mixed and matched with other Marlite® systems for a superior look and unique design.
3. Blue Sky
Blue Sky is a revolutionary digital scanning and finishing wall panel system recently introduced to the market by Marlite®. With this new offering, Blue Sky can digitally reproduce any finish you can imagine. Wish you could easily take a photo of something and reproduce it for your feature wall? No problem! Send in your photo and a high resolution wall panel system with beautiful, vibrant colors can be produced. For example, did your organization win an award? With Blue Sky, a beautiful high resolution image of the award can be reproduced on a wall panel in a substrate of your choice for walls that wow!
Even if you do not have a specific image in mind, Blue Sky has several standard finishes already scanned in for customers to choose from such as wood veneers, stone veneers, and many more. The scanner scans to Smithsonian level, approximately 600-800 dpi, and up to 6 inches of depth. A customer could send a pile of leaves or toys, as an example, and have them scanned and then printed to 300 dpi. This innovative, sophisticated technology allows for beautiful, unique wall panel systems and quick lead times, creating a competitive edge and improved ROI for customers.
Five Reasons Blue Sky Has Revolutionized Wall Panel Systems
- Endless Wall Design Options
- Quick & On Demand Production
- Vibrant, High Resolution Quality
- Eco-Friendly Water Based Ink
- Unbeatable Value
How to Use Blue Sky- Getting Started
The key to this game-changing wall panel system is its’ ease of use. In four easy steps, a custom design can be ordered and delivered to your doorstep.
- Choose Your Design- Use your own personal photo, image or idea or choose from one of thousands of designs already digitally uploaded.
- Select Your Substrate
- Order Your Sample
- Approve Your Design
4. Surface MAP Systems
A second popular Marlite® offering is the Surface System®, also known as the Mechanically Applied Panel (MAP) System. Surface System® is a contemporary, versatile wall panel system offering a wide variety of colors, materials, natural and faux finishes, metal and wood veneers to flat and radius walls. The extraordinary flexibility of design and materials with this system are its defining feature. It is commonly used throughout education and healthcare projects to add a unique, appealing look to atriums, lobbies, locker rooms, patient rooms and reception areas.
Surface MAP Systems Specifications
The system consists of ¾” thick modular wall panels with a medium density fiberboard (MDF) core. A class-A fire rating is available with this system and FSC® certified material is available upon request. All wall panels are engineered and fabricated based on customer specification. The panels include all molding and trim components and offer a seamless installation by attaching to a sub wall with a simple clip system.
5: Myriad™ Systems
Another Marlite® interior wall panel system that is frequently utilized is the Myriad™ system. While both Myriad™ and MAP offer pre-engineered wall panels, Myriad™ panels are offered in translucent, transparent and opaque materials. Illumination is made easy with the Myriad™ system as pre-installed LED backlighting components are used to bring the wall panels to life. Myriad™ is often used in focal areas such as foyers, atriums, waiting rooms, reception areas and entryways to add a beautiful and unique touch. It can also be utilized to create a branded space where a company can display their logo, tagline, images and more. Translucent finishes are available in wood, wood grain, wood veneer, metal panels, high-pressure laminate (HPL), Volta™ patterns and graphic designs.
The system consists of panel thicknesses from a minimum of 3/32” up to ¾” thick and can accommodate panel sizes up from 12” x 12” to 48” x 48”. All wall panels are engineered and fabricated based on customer specification. LED lighting is pre-installed and each panel includes a power source for immediate illumination upon installation. The panels include all molding and trim components and offer a seamless installation with few tools required with “snap-fit” framing, making panels easy to install or swap out. Myriad™ is available with trim options for flat surfaces.
As mentioned, Marlite interior wall panels are available in a wide variety of finishes. A more in-depth explanation of each is below.
- Wood Veneers are a highest quality, durable wood material that is available with FSC and SFI certified vendors.
- Fiberglass Reinforced panels (FRP) are moisture-proof, impact-resistant and easy to clean.
- High Density Fiberboard (HDF) is a stable wood composite that is architechturally versatile and easy to clean.
- Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is a stable wood composite ideal for machining and has excellent hang strength.
- Clear Acrylic is translucent or transparent panels that are moisture-proof and impact resistant.
- Foam Polyvinyl Chloride or Foam PVC is lightweight material that is versatile witha rigid exterior.
- Metal panels are also available in multiple colors ranging from gray to bronze creating a natural or strong, bold aesthetic in any space.
- Graphic panels with LED backlighting simply require a high resolution image and the options are endless.
- High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) is available in a variety of colors, patterns and wood grain options perfect for any space. Easily cleaned and maintained.
- Translucent illuminated panels are made with a decorative resin with patterned or solid finishes fabricated from glass or encapsulated botanicals.
- Fabric finishes, including acoustic fabric panels, are available in variety of colors and patterns.
Additional Wall Panel Systems
Marlite offers a variety of additional feature wall panel systems including the Volta™ wall panel system which offers sculpted designs on medium density fiberboard (MDF). Volta Flex™ is a variation of the Volta™ product line with dimensional patterns on thermoplastic sheets. Additional common space wall panel systems such as Modules™ and Sieva™ are wood veneer systems with a variety of colors and configurations at an economic price. Fiberglass and stainless steel options are also available.
Aside from the beautiful aesthetics, Marlite wall panel systems meet most sanitary requirements often required in hospitals and doctors offices making it a popular application in the healthcare market.
Areas you may see Marlite wall panel systems include:
- Feature Walls
- Atriums and Lobbies
- Patient Rooms
- Treatment and Exam Rooms
- Reception Areas
- Dining Areas
- Offices and Conference Rooms
Marlite wall panel systems are popular in education settings like primary schools, colleges and universities. Durable and easily cleaned, Marlite wall panel systems are a natural fit in these settings where they may come in contact with above average wear and tear. With the multiple designs and surfaces, there are options to fit any budget.
Areas you may see Marlite wall panel systems in include:
- Atriums and Lobbies
- Auditorium and Lecture Halls
- Library and Resource Centers
- Locker Rooms
- Cafeterias and Dining Areas
- Gymnasiums and Fitness Centers
- Student Activity Areas
Due to its’ versatility, there are many other applications for Marlite wall panel systems in various markets including:
9. FSC & LEED Certification
“Marlite, which offers a complete selection of real wood veneers, has achieved Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) chain of custody certification. This allows Marlite to offer FSC certified products for use in Surface Systems® MAP System, Myriad™ Wall System and Modules™.”2
“Marlite Faux Finishes, Plank, Volta and Slatwall are available on FSC® certified core material meeting FSC standards for wood products and bi-products. FSC’s goal is to certify responsible forest management and products derived from these forests.”2
LEED Certification information for each of Marlite’s systems can be found here.
Steve Ward & Associates (SWA) not only sells Marlite® interior wall panels, but also offers a variety of services including spatial planning, product analysis and application, custom design, budgeting, specification writing and installation. SWA essentially becomes a part of your project management team ensuring seamless project completion from beginning to end. Once Marlite panels have been selected, specified, designed and fabricated, Steve Ward & Associates will then provide seamless installation service. An installation team and manager oversees each project installation through completion.
11: Why Use Marlite/Summary
Words commonly used to describe Marlite® include quality, flexibility, durability, architectural design, beautiful and more. A functional product that will withstand the test of time is imperative for any project. The longevity added by Marlite® interior wall panels enables customers to see a return on their investment. The technology and ingenuity of its’ offering, such as the Blue Sky system, is revolutionizing the way wall panels are designed. Its’ ease of installation, cleaning and sanitation options are often ideal for many markets, including education and healthcare.
While functionality is of utmost importance, Marlite® also offers an additional “wow” factor that brings a space to life. Panels systems are easily interchangeable and can be used together. Panels can also be easily swapped in place of new or different panels. With customizable panels and a wide variety of finishes including wood, patterns and LED backlit options, Marlite® truly offers something for everyone.
Have questions on Marlite® interior wall panels? Contact us today.
- “Why Marlite?” Marlite, marlite.com/about-us.aspx. Accessed 15 Sept. 2017.
“FSC Certification.” Marlite, marlite.com/veneer-responsibility.aspx. Accessed 15 Sept. 2017.