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Not sure what you are looking for when deciding on a dry-erase board? Take a look at the different types and styles to help guide your decision!

What’s the Difference?

There can be a lot to go through if you are just beginning your search for a dry-erase board. It's possible you are curious about the materials whiteboards are made from and why it matters. Your board's durability, erase-ability, and longevity will depend on the surface you choose. This also affects the magnetic properties of your board. We have compiled a guide that will help you make an informed decision.

Porcelain Whiteboards

A great option is porcelain whiteboards. Porcelain is the best choice among traditional boards. The boards are smooth for easy writing and have steel backing to make them magnetic. These boards can be used with any type of magnet because porcelain is thinner than glass.

Porcelain is not porous. This prevents marker inks from reaching the board's surface. The board won't smear or ghost when you write on it. Porcelain is also extremely durable and won't scratch or dent.

Porcelain boards work well in busy conference rooms, schools, or shared spaces. Porcelain boards are heavier than whiteboards or glass boards. It is recommended that you find a strong place to mount your board, and to have multiple people assist with installation.

Glass Boards

These boards are trendy and add a modern twist to any space. They are also a popular choice for newly renovated classrooms and offices. These boards are made from tempered glass and are very durable. They won't scratch or dent. Smooth glass surfaces provide a perfect writing surface and won't leave any stains or ghosted letters after you erase them.

Glass whiteboards offer the perfect combination of style and function. They are lightweight and stylish and provide outstanding performance. You can match your board effortlessly to your decor thanks to its frameless construction and large selection of colors.

Magnetic and non-magnetic glass boards are both available. To post notes or papers on the magnetic glass boards, due to its thickness, rare earth magnets are required. Rare earth magnets can work through tempered glass because they are stronger than ordinary magnets.

Glass boards are becoming a popular choice for updating and displaying ideas in new homes, offices, and classrooms. These boards are expensive, but they can last a lifetime and are a great investment. Glass boards are durable enough to withstand daily use, can be used for many years without needing to be replaced.

Painted Steel Whiteboards

A painted steel whiteboard is probably the first thing you think when someone mentions a dry-erase board. These whiteboards are classic and can be found in classrooms, conference rooms as well as home offices, kitchens, and even bathrooms.

These boards are easy to write on and they are magnetic. Painted steel boards are made from steel-backing. The steel-backing is then coated with a white base and clear performance coating. This coating gives the board its dry-erase capability. Although painted steel boards are not as durable as glass, regular cleaning can extend their life expectancy.

Melamine Whiteboards

A heavy-duty whiteboard is not necessary for everyone. A melamine board can be used for personal or casual use. Melamine boards can be used in small offices, study areas, workshops, or laundry rooms.

Melamine boards have a dry-erase coating, and they are non-magnetic. The coating is less durable than that on painted steel boards, so you will need to clean it more often to increase its lifespan. Melamine boards are the most economical type of board.

Melamine is a great choice for a simple whiteboard in your dorm or home.

Final Thoughts

Hope this information helps guide your decision making process! Check out our Whiteboards and our Glass Boards and pick the board that's right for you!