So you want to update your workspace, or you’re looking to add some collaboration tools to your office. A board for writing down ideas or to-do lists is just what you need! With many choices now available for dry-erase boards, it can be hard to determine which one is right for you. Here, we’ve broken down the differences in all the options available and describe the pros and cons of each to help you narrow down the best option for you.
First we start with the more traditional, Whiteboards. You may be surprised to learn that not every whiteboard is made equal. Here you have 3 different material options:
- Porcelain – these durable boards have a smooth porcelain surface and steel-backing to make the board magnetic. The porcelain is non-porous, which prevents ink from penetrating the surface and permanently staining. Porcelain boards are heavier than the other options, which will require a sturdy place to mount the board and multiple people to help with the installation.
- Painted Steel – these are your classic-style whiteboards and most commonly found. Made with a steel-backing, then coated with a white base colour and clear coating which gives the board its dry-erase ability. These boards do not last as long as porcelain, but with consistent cleaning the life of the surface can be extended.
- Melamine – these are the most cost effective whiteboards and ideal for personal or occasional use. Melamine boards are not magnetic and the surface coating is not as durable as the other whiteboard options.
Glassboards tend to be more expensive than whiteboards but glassboards are generally longer lasting, more durable and have a premium look within an office environment.
Made with tempered glass, these boards are extremely durable and will not scratch or dent. The smooth glass surface will not leave stains or ghosted writing behind.
Although they are the more expensive option, their longevity and high quality make them a good investment.