UK- Types of Whiteboards: Buying the Right One

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Buying a whiteboard seems like a straightforward thing. You pick one that is of the right size and you are good to go, right? No, of course not. It is a lot more complex than that. There are several factors that should go into your buying decision and size is one of the things to consider, not the only thing.

There are typically 3 types of whiteboards that are available in the market today. They are; glass, melamine, and porcelain. Each of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. Here is a quick walk-through that will help you make an informed decision on your purchase.

There are 4 major factors that should go into the purchase decision


Ghosting is the stain that markers leave behind on dry wipe boards. They are not easy to remove and are normally the result of people leaving the marker on the board far longer than it needs to be on it. When permanent markers are used on boards, this happens. It needs to be cleaned with solvents, but even that might not completely clear the marks. Ghosting is a major problem with melamine boards and using heavy chemical cleaners will erode the shiny surface, making the board pretty useless. Porcelain boards are better suited in this aspect, but once the sheen wears off, it is not completely invulnerable to ghosting. Glass boards are the clear winner in this aspect as nothing sticks to glass.


All boards need to be kept clean and maintained well. Not all boards, however are easy to maintain. Melamine boards need the most cleaning. In fact, they need to be wiped after every use, right away. Porcelain boards are a lot more sturdy and come with several layers of material, so they need no be cleaned that often. Glass boards need no cleaning and maintenance.


All three types of boards can be easily installed. All they need are screws and a wall to hang from. They can be put in place in a few minutes and can be used right away. If they need to be placed on a stand that needs to be moved around, they come in stands with rotating frames and have wheels so that they can pushed and placed however necessary. The weight of the boards is also something that needs to be carefully considered. Glass is the heaviest, with porcelain coming in second because they are steel and wood backed, melamine is the lightest of the lot and will usually have an MDF plank upon which the plastic is pasted.

Features and cost

The more features, the more the cost, naturally. Porcelain is the most expensive type, followed by glass and then comes the melamine. Porcelain and melamine boards can also have steel sheeting backing them, making them magnetic as well. Apart from this, there are whiteboards that act as display panels for smart boards and they tend to cost a lot more.

While these are the most popular ones, it is not to say that they are the only ones available. The ones mentioned above are simply your best choice when it comes to whiteboard types.

Difference Between Magnetic and Non Magnetic Whiteboards

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Differences Between Magnetic and Non Magnetic Whiteboards

Whiteboards are simple things. They are white, laminated, and you can wipe what you write right off them with ease. Just these qualities make the humble whiteboard an accessory that is of utmost importance in a classroom or in an office conference room. In fact, it is more likely than not that your office or class already has a whiteboard.

Dry wipe boards as they are also called don’t have many downsides. They are easy to clean and maintain, nothing really sticks to them, so a simple wipe down will clear out any dirt or grime. In a pinch, they can even be used as a makeshift projection screen. For the most part, they are also not too heavy and can be easily shifted. It being as simple as it is, it has  however stunted chances of any major innovation. Anything added to a whiteboard automatically transforms itself into a whole other device. Smart whiteboards, for example, have complicated electronics embedded in them and is a whole other system.

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Magnetic whiteboards

The only subtle change that actually make whiteboards better are to make them magnetic. Magnetic whiteboards are no different from traditional whiteboards. They have the same laminate and white surface that does not adhere to most things and can be wiped out with a dry rag and reused infinitely. There is zero difference in the way whiteboard markers will function on magnetic whiteboards.

The only real difference is that presentation accessories work better with magnetic boards. Magnetic boards are not inherently magnetic in the sense that they will not attract metallic substances towards them. A magnetic whiteboard will, however make it possible for you to place magnetic accessories on the board. You can place markers, arrows, highlights, and even place sheets and flip boards. It makes it easy to present, especially if it is going to be used as a notice board or as an information board.

Traditional whiteboards are normally made on either MDF backing boards or a plastic sheets placed on MDF. Magnetic boards have the whiteboard laminate on a sheet of metal which is then affixed to the MDF. They are slightly heavier owing to the steel, but this ultimately makes them last longer because of the steel. They also do not break and chip off the edges like the non magnetic boards after a few years.

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Which one should you buy?

It depends on what kind of audience you are speaking to and whether or not you will need to move the board around. If you do not move the board too much, and have no need for magnetic accessories, go for the non magnetic ones. They are also cheaper.

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If however, you need your boards to last you a long time and want it to be future proof, get a magnetic board. There are variations of magnetic boards in the market. If you want one that practically lasts forever, look into the vitreous enamel boards, they come with warranties that sometimes extend for up to 20 years.

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