If you are in the market for a new whiteboard, chances are you’ve seen the ones made from melamine and the ones produced from porcelain. In addition to the obvious price differences, what’s the best choice for you? The materials used in each whiteboard plays a role in several factors to consider such as:
- Overall weight
- Long term usage
Let’s talk melamine whiteboards first. While Melamine has a number of different applications, the melamine resin is what’s used to create the dry-erase board surface. Essentially, melamine whiteboards are comprised of pressboard with the resin coating. While melamine boards are less expensive than their porcelain cousins, they aren’t quite as durable.
Melamine boards need to be cleaned after every use or you may begin to see ghosted images and stains. These whiteboards are not magnetic and they scratch relatively easily. I wouldn’t consider using a permanent marker on a melamine board as it will stain permanently.
Porcelain whiteboards are covered in a ceramic coating, which is a variation of porcelain. The actual board itself is typically produced from steel, making them magnetic and extra-durable. Although porcelain boards are more resistant to stains, they still require occasional cleaning. Porcelain boards are really designed for heavy or long term use, while the melamine boards don’t typically last as long.
Here’s something to think about: Budget and/or price is almost always a major decision-making factor when buying something of this nature. If you foresee the board getting heavy use, then consider a porcelain model as it will significantly outlast a melamine one. Yes, the cost is higher, but chances are you’ll go through 2 or more melamine boards before wearing out one porcelain model. In the event the board will only be used sparingly and cleaned after each use, then the melamine version is a good choice.