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What’s Your Whiteboard Made Of?

There can be a big difference in quality between one whiteboard surface and the next, even if they all look the same. The location of your whiteboard and what you use it for will determine the type of surface that will work best for you. There are three main types of whiteboard surface:

The intended uses of your whiteboard will also determine the different whiteboard accessories you’ll want to invest in alongside your board. Different coloured pens will allow you to colour code the information you write on the board, whiteboard tape will allow you to create semi-permanent lines on the board that you won’t rub out by mistake, and magnets will allow you to attach papers and photographs to the board (provided you select a magnetic board surface). Printed whiteboards are also available with designs and grids already drawn on the board permanently, but this can create an issue if you decide the board you were using as a timetable would now work best as a blank canvas. Whiteboard gridding tape is a great, cost-effective solution to this issue. You’ll get to use and reuse your grid as often as you like, and when you’re done you can either reposition the tape or remove it entirely.

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Of the three key whiteboard types, standard non-magnetic whiteboards are the cheapest and most basic. If your board will be mounted in an area where it is unlikely to be damaged, these boards are ideal, provided they aren’t expected to undergo heavy usage. If your whiteboard is only needed for casual writing and erasing, such as in an office or classroom where the board does not run the risk of getting damaged or scratched, these boards are perfect. A surface guarantee of between two and five years often applies to non-magnetic whiteboards.

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Non-magnetic whiteboards do not work with magnetic whiteboard accessories, but you can still create semi-permanent grids and patterns on them with the help of adhesive gridding tape.

If you want the benefit of a whiteboard that accepts magnets, a magnetic whiteboard is the best choice for you. As well as being a functional drywipe whiteboard, their magnetic nature means they can be used as a pin board. You’ll find them in classrooms, homes, laboratories, offices and all manners of other locations. Magnetic whiteboards are more hard-wearing than non-magnetic boards thanks to their metal surface, which is also what allows them to accept magnets.

This means they’re often a better choice than standard non-magnetic whiteboards if the user requires a whiteboard that will undergo heavy usage or be placed in an area where it may be scratched or damaged. Surface guarantees of up to 10 years are often applied to magnetic whiteboards. When you invest in a magnetic whiteboard, you’re investing in an amazingly versatile piece of equipment.

The addition of whiteboard accessories like gridding tape is essential, however, if you want your whiteboard to meet its full potential. Stepping out of your comfort zone of three whiteboard pens and an eraser may seem daunting, but you’ll be amazed by how easy gridding tape makes your life. If you do make a mistake, just peel the tape off gently and re-stick it where you want it to go. Building a high-quality easy to read graph or diagram with just a pen is a whole lot harder than you might expect.

Some other important whiteboard accessories include…

Whiteboard accessories

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Is Your Whiteboard Magnetic?

Of all the whiteboard surfaces available, glass whiteboards are the most hard-wearing. They offer the best whiteboard surface available and are the most premium on the market. If your board is likely to undergo very heavy usage, a glass whiteboard is the perfect surface for you, and will be able to withstand situations which would result in lesser boards becoming scratched or unusable. The average glass whiteboard surface will last for up to 25 years. These boards are also magnetic, so they come with all the additional perks associated with magnetic whiteboards.

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Glass whiteboards come in a variety of colours to keep things interesting, and are one of the most versatile whiteboard types available.

Choosing the wrong type of board may be less cost effective in the long term, even if the price may seem like a steal at the time. That’s why it’s vital that you choose a board that suits your individual needs. Replacement boards will need to be purchased more frequently if your board isn’t suitable for your situation, as this can cause excessive wear and tear.

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Did you know? Albert Stallion, who worked for a company called Alliance, invented the whiteboard back in the early 1960s. At the time, his company was focused on making enamelled steel. Stallion realised that enamelled steel could be suitable for a writing surface, though it was mainly used in architectural cladding originally. He decided to explore his writing surface idea and founded his own company, MagiBoards, having parted ways with Alliance.

Going relatively unnoticed at first, the whiteboard became commercially available soon after Stallion founded MagiBoards. They were easily stained by markets, and could only be cleaned using a damp cloth.

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Whiteboards only really started gaining momentum when the dry erase marker was invented in 1975. Whiteboards had become a common sight in classrooms throughout the western world by the end of the 20th century.

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