How to Choose the Write Surface - Part 1


Porcelain whiteboards, painted steel whiteboards, glass whiteboards, and non-magnetic whiteboards. The list goes on. Those looking to buy a dry erase product have some limitations, whether it is price, longevity, ease of cleaning, or aesthetics. We've put together a list of recommendations to help you find a dry erase board that meets all of your requirements.


Glass is the newest dry erase surface, and it's all people can talk about. The sleek, clean appearance lends itself perfectly to modern office design. The smooth dry erase surface makes it easy to clean, and because glass is non-porous by nature, it won't stain or ghost. Glassboards emphasize form and function instead of prioritizing one over the other. With unique installation and frameless edges, the glass whiteboard compliments office decor and adds personality to a room. As a bonus, integrated accessory solutions provide a clutter-free writing surface while making sure markers and erasers are within an arms reach. Explore our glassboard options.

Porcelain and Painted Steel Whiteboards

We've all seen the traditional whiteboard, white surface with a choice of frame. While not the most exciting, some big benefits come with a high-quality traditional board. Porcelain and painted steel whiteboards have a few key differences, but both get the job done. They are easy to clean, magnetic, and the bright white surface creates contrast, making words crisp and easy to read. Porcelain whiteboards are non-porous and won't stain or ghost, even if you use them all day, every day. Painted Steel boards have an acrylic enamel surface that is softer than porcelain enamel, so while it fights staining and ghosting, it could scratch if it comes in contact with an abrasive metal. Ultimately, if you are expecting some serious whiteboard use and abuse, porcelain is the better bet. With a variety of frame options, you can style your board to match design requirements or compliment an existing space. Explore our magnetic whiteboard options.

Non-Magnetic Whiteboard

Non-magnetic whiteboards provide an economical alternative to painted steel and porcelain whiteboards. It all comes down to being realistic with your expectations, deciding how much you want to spend and how your whiteboard will be used. Non-magnetic whiteboards should be used occasionally and cleaned after every use. The clear dry erase coating on non-magnetic boards resist staining and ghosting, but breaks down over time, carrying a shorter warranty than the magnetic whiteboard discussed earlier. Melamine is a common non-magnetic board material, but there are eco-friendly non-magnetic board options as well. The eco-friendly boards are made with biodegradable material and are CARB compliant. With green design increasing across every industry, choosing an eco-friendly non-magnetic markerboard will contribute to the green initiatives set forth by many companies.

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