Tips on Choosing a Dry Erase Board
How to Choose a Whiteboard:
Consider How You’ll Use Your Dry-Erase Board
For example, if you need a dry-erase board for a classroom, choose a heavy-duty dry whiteboard that can be hung from a wall. The best dry-erase board for your home may be one that can be stuck to the refrigerator with magnets. A whiteboard for an office could be wall-mounted, or it could be portable and require a stand to be used for presentations.
Decide on a Surface Type for Your Dry-Erase Board
Whiteboards are constructed of painted steel or aluminum, laminate, glass, porcelain and melamine (a type of resin-covered paper). Melamine and painted steel dry-erase boards are susceptible to scratching but easily cleaned of ink markings. Laminate, porcelain, and glass dry-erase surfaces are scratch-resistant and stain-resistant. The different types of dry-erase surfaces vary in price, and some whiteboards even come with a lifetime warranty. Melamine dry-erase boards are the least expensive and the most common.
Look Over Dry-Erase Board Accessories
You may find items you will want to use with your dry-erase board that will change your choice of surface and even what you will use the board for. Of course, you will need to purchase dry-erase markers and erasers. You may need to purchase dry-erase cleaning solution to periodically reduce staining on your whiteboard. Some whiteboards are magnetic, allowing you to use magnetic strips and icons to organize and illustrate information.
Measure the Space Needed for Your Dry-Erase Board
Measure the space where you want to hang the whiteboard and calculate the size that you need. Dry-erase boards come in all different sizes, so you will have no trouble finding a whiteboard to fit your space. Likewise, if you plan to move your whiteboard around for presentations, then you might want to research portable stands. Think of the areas to which you may need to move the dry-erase board and buy a size that fits accordingly.
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