Glassboards: Whiteboards Come of Age (Bringing Sexy Back to Your Office)
Whiteboards have grown up to become sexy glassboards with businesses everywhere aspiring to add them and their superior looks and function.
It’s hard to believe that not so long ago, drop-dead-gorgeous Justin Timberlake was a child star with hair that looked like 2 Minute Noodles. His skill and passion for his art has always been undisputed, but his look has certainly improved, getting better with age. And just like his transformation over the years, whiteboards have undergone a makeover, coming of age and bringing sexy back in the form of glassboards.
Whiteboards are goodWhile whiteboards were invented in the 1950s, they didn’t really take off in the market until the invention of dry erasable markers in 1975 made them easy to clean. As health awareness increased and chalk dust was demonised, whiteboards began to dominate the field. The convenience over blackboards and chalk has made them a common fixture now in schools, offices, meeting rooms, healthcare facilities and factories. They’re so easy to install or move around if they’re on casters. Writing on them is a breeze, with a rainbow of coloured markers to choose from, and erasers and sprays to clean them up.
Glassboards are better: Stain ResistantThe functionality of whiteboards continues to make them a popular choice, however they have their limitations. Over time whiteboards will start to “ghost"; even with regular cleaning the porous surface will stain from use, leaving a ghostly residue. Glass is a non-porous surface that is completely resistant to this type of staining. A glassboard will offer a long-term solution to this, cleaning perfectly each time to leave a professional, stain-free surface.
Glassboards are better: SterileWhiteboards are usually composed of a synthetic gloss coat applied to a particleboard. This gloss coat is prone to scuffs and scratches, creating channels for marker pen residue and bacteria. When exposed, the particleboard can also be a haven for bacteria and dust. In contrast, tempered glass has a high resistance to scuffs and scratches, leaving your glassboard in as-new condition for longer and unlikely to harbour harmful bacteria when cleaned properly. The absence of any porous materials in the composition of glassboards also means that you can use the harsher cleaning products necessary in hygienic workplaces without any damage to the board.
Glassboards are better: VersatilityThe surface of many glassboards like Visionchart’s Edge LX9000 is perfect for elegantly projecting video and data presentations. This gives you the freedom to write and erase notes over your projection as you are presenting. Glassboards can also be magnetic and used for reminders, notices, research notes and more.
Glassboards are better: StrengthThe tempered glass of glassboards is a type of safety glass processed to increase strength and cause it to crumble into pebbles rather than shatter into shards in the unlikely event that it is broken. You’ll find this makes them a bit heavier than a whiteboard and that their fixtures or mobile stands accommodate the extra weight. Its strength of up to 10x greater than regular glass makes it perfect for installation in any environment, especially high traffic areas like classrooms and hospitals. This strength and durability give it a lifespan well beyond when many whiteboards would have been replaced.
Glassboards are better: StyleGlass is such a timeless material that can seamlessly blend into any environment. Both fixed and mobile glassboards come frameless to create a modern, clean appearance. For fixed glassboards, opting for the floating wall-mount with invisible fixtures will give a truly stunning look and designer edge to your work environment. Glassboards can come in many different colours, can have pen trays fitted, and even be mounted horizontally or vertically. Add a truly dramatic effect by covering a wall from floor to ceiling to maximise your communication space. A glassboard will complement the style of any workplace.
Glassboard are better: HygieneEveryone can benefit from the addition of a glassboard to their workplace or educational facility, but some more than others. As discussed above, healthcare environments with strict hygiene requirements like hospitals can greatly benefit from the non-porous material of a glassboard. Their durability and safety makes them ideal for schools. And their sleek looks make them a must-have for creative workplaces like architectural studios, design agencies and conference centres seeking to offer a contemporary setting and the best possible facilities.
Like a child-star emerging into the sophisticated world of adulthood, reintroducing themselves to the public as a mature, stylish, somewhat sexy grown-up, whiteboards have come of age as glamorous glassboards. Glassboards offer all the benefits of whiteboards and are compatible with all whiteboard markers, erasers and cleaners.