Glass Board, Notice Board and Whiteboard Buying Guide
As is the case with most products, if you decide to look online for any kind of display unit, you will find a multitude of items that look the same. How then, can you tell the difference and determine which is best for you? That’s why we put this post together – as a buying guide to glass boards, notice boards and whiteboards.
Fixings – When you look at the glass whiteboards available you will notice that they have one of the kinds of fixings – visible and hidden. Although the hidden variety are more visually appealing, they both keep boards on walls.
Strengthened – Another aspect you need to consider when choosing a glass board is if it has been reinforced in any way. High-quality glass board are usually reinforced to make them harder wearing and more resistant to damage and scratches. Although glass boards that have no been toughened or reinforced are not any more dangerous, they could get damaged more easily.
Thickness of the Glass – As a key component of a glass board is the glass itself, it makes sense to be keenly interested in its thickness when choosing one. You will find that most glass boards have a glass thickness that falls somewhere between 3 and 8mm. Thicker glass usually is a sign of a better glass board than one with a thinner sheet of glass. However, this is not a strict rule and there are always exceptions.
For example, if you’re interested in magnetised glass boards, you will find that the glass is thin, because there needs to be a thin sheet of steel affixed to the back of the board. As a result, the glass sheet can’t be too thick, or it wouldn’t be able to accommodate the magnets.
Frame – Although the frame is not the most important feature, especially compared to the surface, its still something you should be careful about when buying a notice board. There’s a variety of different materials used in the industry, but most commonly you will find products with aluminium frames.
This is the best material but be warned that there are cheap and nasty imitations out there. Low-price and budget notice boards often feature plastic frames that have a so-called ‘aluminium finish’. You just won’t get the quality or longevity from a frame like that, so avoid them if possible. As an alternative to aluminium, you may want to also consider a board with a wooden frame.
Fixing – The fixings on a notice board are vital, obviously, as they are the part that ensures the board is affixed to the wall safely and securely. By far the most effective and safest option are corner fixings. You will notice that there are a variety of other options, like railing-style systems, but the key thing when choosing fixings is to avoid any that hang the board similarly to a picture or painting.
Fire Rating – If you intend on hanging your notice board in a public area, you need to ensure that it is suitably fire-rated. Notice boards can be rated with one of two classifications to highlight what kind of fire rating they have. For public spaces, notice boards must have a class 1 fire rating, whereas those hung unsupervised areas, escape routes and corridors must have a class 0 fire rating. This is crucial, as you will want to avoid breaking fire regulations.
Fixings – Just as with notice boards, the fixings for whiteboards are crucial. Whiteboards need to be secured to the wall they are installed on safely. Corner fixings are what we would recommend again that you look for.
Frame – Again similarly to notice boards, the frame is important and the options available are very much the same. As such, we would recommend that you invest in one with either an aluminium or wooden frame and avoid plastic frames or those that are merely ‘aluminium-coated’.
Surface – Ultimately, the most important element of a whiteboard is the surface. You will find there’s whiteboards available with a wide variety of different surfaces. Most commonly though, you will find either vitreous enamel steel, magnetic or melamine dry wipe whiteboards. At one end of the spectrum of quality there’s melamine dry wipe boards and at the other end, there’s vitreous enamel steel.
While melamine boards are the basic option, they are still useful if you just need somewhere to make notes that can be easily read. Magnetic boards enable you to stick memos and notices to the board and increase its functionality. While, vitreous enamel steel boards are as functional and versatile as magnetic boards, with a more robust and durable build quality and a full 25-years warranty.