An Introduction to Glass Whiteboards

If you’ve read some of our earlier blogs, you’d know that we’ve already discussed a lot about whiteboards. However, one particular type of whiteboard that we haven’t covered yet are glass whiteboards. Isn’t that a strange sounding name? “Glass whiteboards”?

Well, it’s not as strange as you think it is and don’t worry, we’re going to be exploring this particular kind of whiteboard in this blog. So, you will know why they’re called glass whiteboards.

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What is a glass whiteboard?

Now, we all know that whiteboards are a boon. They are super-functional, durable and can breathe life into your lectures, teaching sessions and other interactive endeavours. Glass whiteboards are quite similar, but, they offer a few extra benefits.

They’re called glass whiteboards because they actually have a layer or sheet of glass laid over on top. In other words, a glass whiteboard is basically a regular whiteboard that has a sheet of glass placed on top. You’re probably wondering why this is done.

Well, there are a specific set of benefits to this, which we will be discussing further. Let’s begin.

They are easier to clean

You use markers to write on your whiteboard. It’s the same for glass whiteboards too. However, there are special glass whiteboard markers that you need to use.

The advantage with glass whiteboards is that when you wipe off your writing, there is almost no residual marker ink. The glass stays spotless and that leads to increased durability. So, if you invest in a glass whiteboard, you can be sure it’ll stay unmarked and spotless for years to come.

Amazing to look at

Whiteboards look good, no doubt. However, glass whiteboards look stunning. Just check out a few images on Google search if you can and you’ll know what we’re talking about. They are outstanding in terms of aesthetics.

In fact, you could just put them up as a decorative element. They’re that great to look at. There’s a reason why some of the most professional spaces such as corporate boardrooms or conference halls use glass whiteboards. They look professional and blend in with the overall aesthetics of such spaces.

The glass sheets or marker boards are created using tempered glass, which is very pleasing to one’s eyes. Other than that, most glass whiteboards boast clean lines and unobtrusive mountings. This minimalistic approach can lend a very sophisticated touch to any setting.

Plus, you can actually order them in a range of colours and sizes too, so that they’re compatible with your décor/design plan.

They’re durable

Glass whiteboards are, as we said earlier, durable. This isn’t just because they don’t stain easily. A major benefit is that they don’t crack unless a lot of force is used. The glass sheets or marker boards are quite thick and strong, which makes them capable of handling a fair bit of pressure.

You might be afraid of causing cracks when writing on them, but, there’s nothing to worry about. They’re designed to handle as much pressure as possible.

How to choose between Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Whiteboards

How to Choose Between Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Whiteboards

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Conference rooms, lecture halls and classrooms can hardly function without them! Whiteboards are permanent fixtures in these settings and have replaced the traditional chalkboards since the 1990s.

Enamelled steel was the material that was used in the earlier whiteboards but later laminated and enamelled porcelain or glass became popular. Here is a comparison that may help you choose the right whiteboard for your office or classroom!

Non-magnetic whiteboards

The non-magnetic whiteboards are made by giving a plastic coating to the hardwood. Being less expensive as compared to porcelain or glass, these melamine boards are a cost effective option for those with budget constraints. The plastic surface needs regular cleaning and maintenance as it is highly susceptible to stains and “ghosting”. The plastic film also tends to wear off in the long run and the whiteboard needs to be replaced anytime between two to five years. These whiteboards are the ideal option for those who need to use it infrequently.

Glass is also used to manufacture non-magnetic whiteboards. Tempered glass that can be frosted, clear or painted, are used to make stronger non-magnetic whiteboards. Tempered glass, although tougher than ordinary glass, can still break when it falls which makes it a not-so-ideal option in schools!

Magnetic whiteboards

Porcelain whiteboards are made from ceramic which is fired onto a steel or aluminium surface. Highly durable and tough, the porcelain boards that have a steel backing are magnetic. Glass whiteboards are also a great addition to offices and classrooms. The technique used to create a magnetic glass-board is by fixing painted tempered glass onto steel surface that has been laminated.

Magnetic whiteboards have the following key features:

  • The porcelain steel-backed magnetic whiteboards are scratch resistant to most materials except very tough ones like the diamond!
  • The magnetic keyboards are not permeable to ink from permanent markers. The tough ceramic coating being highly non-porous, it blocks even the tiniest ink drops from the marker from entering the surface. Stains and “ghosting” are easily avoided with magnetic whiteboards.
  • Glass whiteboards are available in a wide variety of pleasing colours that match the décor and break the monotony in offices.
  • Many types of markers including dry erase, wet erase or liquid chalk can be conveniently used on glass whiteboards that are magnetic.
  • A wide variety of magnets can be used to make the sessions or teaching more interactive and visual.
  • Scheduling tasks, reminders, shift timings, event notes and posts are easy on magnetic whiteboards. You can directly fix write-on magnetic strips, dates, numbers and other accessories on the scratch proof whiteboard.
  • Easy to clean and maintain. After wiping with a non-abrasive cleaner, the surface can be washed with water.
  • An ethanol or acetone-based solvent can be used to remove permanent marker.
  • The magnetic whiteboards have a long life of up to ten to fifteen years.
  • As these non-magnetic whiteboards are highly durable and easy to maintain, they are great value for money and cost effective in the long run.

The choice of whiteboard may depend on many considerations including the frequency of usage, budget, the nature of use and the space available. Magnetic whiteboards have clear advantages if you intend to use magnetic accessories as teaching or communicating aids.

Visit The Whiteboard Shop if you are looking for quality whiteboards (magnetic and/or non-magnetic).

Why Printed Whiteboards are a Great Idea

Why Printed Whiteboards are a Great Idea

Walk into any classroom or lecture hall today and what are you likely to see? Whiteboards in the place of chalkboards. The change isn’t just limited to classrooms or lecture halls; you’ll find whiteboards to be the norm even in churches, corporate boardrooms and hospitals.

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re a part of, you are bound to find whiteboards everywhere you go. It’s the standard teaching/instruction aid of today. There are several reasons why whiteboards are so successful. For instance, studies have shown that they make discussions and lectures far more interactive.

But, thanks to another step in the evolution of whiteboards, we’ll be seeing more benefits to using them. Today, we’ll be specifically discussing printed whiteboards. Manufacturers now have the ability to either digitally print whiteboards or use vinyl.

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Irrespective of whether its vinyl-printed or digitally printed, printed whiteboards offer a lot of benefits in general. Let’s take a look at few of those benefits.

Convenience

Now, a plain whiteboard is great for teaching classes and having discussions. However, if your whiteboard is being used for something more process oriented, you can use a printed one. For instance, if you need a board to write down the day’s duties for your employees, you can have one printed with a grid that lists out the objectives and who or what team will be responsible for them. You can have an index-like grid printed out with tags such as “Objective/Target”, “Assigned To” and “Deadline”.

That way, you just have to fill out space under the given categories. There’s no need to write the whole thing from scratch every day. Plus, the detailed way in which the information is organised will make it easier for people to understand.

Branding

The other benefit of printed whiteboards is that they can help you with your branding efforts. To be more specific, printed whiteboards will boost your brand identity, which, in turn, will boost your overall branding. Your brand identity is basically the sum total of all the visual branding tools you use. This could include corporate t-shirts, decals, pens and office stationery.

Now, you can add a printed whiteboard to the list. It can do wonders for your brand identity, which is a critical part of branding. It can help restore a sense of loyalty and pride within the organisation. For example, if you were to use a printed whiteboard containing your logo for a client presentation, your client is going to be impressed with the fact that you’re proud of your brand; proud enough to have the logo even on a whiteboard.

Other than that, it has also been observed that the use of printed collateral within the organisation can help establish authority and increase professionalism. For instance, it can help your employees remember and function according to your organisation’s values.

On the whole, it’s great for business.

So, stop waiting and get yourself a printed whiteboard. Even if you don’t have a business to highlight, you can get one for personal use, customised with cool graphics, images and whatnot.