Looking for a long lasting whiteboard that will hold up to the wear and tear of a classroom? Let's face it no one uses their whiteboard more than teachers, lets make sure that you get the right board for your needs!
First you should know that all whiteboards are not created equal and costs vary widely. The number one dry erase board for classroom use is porcelain steel; in fact many of these whiteboards come with 50 year guaranties!
Porcelain steel whiteboards are extremely durable and resistant to stains & scratches. The hard enamel surface doesn't wear away over time and it cleans easier. The steel backed surface allows the use of magnets and magnetic accessories, which serves double duty as a magnetic bulletin board as well!
This board is perfect for the classroom hazards that can occur on a daily basis. These boards are more resistant to damage whether it is from vandalism, misuse or neglect (leaving writing on board for extended periods of time).
Porcelain boards provide a quality teaching tool that will not have to be replaced for generations (or at least until current students grandchildren are in the classroom)! If you plan on constantly using the whiteboard, it will be more cost effective to purchase a porcelain whiteboard once, instead of replacing multiple melamine boards over the years.
Sure there are less expensive options available and we know that often there is little to no budget available for individual classrooms on a year to year basis but do your classroom a favor and cross whiteboard off your needs list once and for all.