A few decades ago, blackboards populated classrooms and conference rooms. Soon they transitioned to whiteboards, eliminating the screechy sounds of chalk and the annoyance of chalk dust clinging to everything. The future of your conference room, though, resides in electronic whiteboards and glass whiteboards.
You may be familiar with the benefits of electronic whiteboards, but what about glass whiteboards? Here are six advantages of switching to glass.
Glass whiteboards consist of tempered glass covered with a premium finish and/or a toughened safety glass. This construction means that the board will hold up under extreme weight and pressure and won’t break when something gets thrown at it.
If you do manage to break it, instead of shattering into sharp shards that could go into somebody’s foot, a glass whiteboard will pebble, making clean-up safer and easier.
The durability of glass whiteboards also makes them incredibly long lasting. The finish that covers the board helps keep the glass clean and usable for years, no matter how often you write on it. Because of this longevity, many companies that sell glass whiteboards have an option for you to etch your company’s name, logo or other words or images into the glass.
Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of glass whiteboards is how environmentally friendly they are. If you install boards throughout the office instead of just in the conference room, you’re eliminating the need for sticky notes or note pads and thus using less paper. And unlike traditional whiteboards, glass whiteboards allow you to clean them with environmentally friendly glass cleaners.
Glass whiteboards are also completely recyclable. The recyclable parts include all of the hardware as well as the surface itself. There are no plastics, paint, formaldehydes or adhesives in a glass whiteboard. All of those elements can be found in most traditional whiteboards, and when they’re later disposed of, they release toxic gases. Glass whiteboards don’t have this problem.
Cleaning your new glass whiteboard is easy as pie. Traditional whiteboards consist of a porous material, meaning the markers’ ink sinks into the material and becomes difficult to eliminate over time. These boards retain images and words in an effect known as 'ghosting', which can be distracting during important meetings. Since glass isn’t porous, though, glass whiteboards don’t have this problem at all.
Most glass whiteboards also have a finish that makes them resistant to scratching and scuffing, which makes them almost impossible to streak or stain. No matter what you throw at it—paint, permanent marker, grease—after a quick cleaning, the board will look good as new.
Partially because glass whiteboards resist permanent damage or staining, they make a beautiful addition to your office space. When not in use, they blend in easily and fade into the background. You won't have to redecorate the room when you install a new glass whiteboard. They even give a stylish and contemporary feel to a space.
Add an LED light to the base of your board, and you’ll give the images and lettering the illusion of floating in the air. Some distributors offer glass whiteboards in a variety of colours. And, of course, as mentioned earlier, many companies selling glass whiteboards can etch your company’s logo into the glass so the board feels integrated into your office space.
While it’s true there are many glass whiteboards that aren’t magnetic, there are also numerous options for magnetic glass whiteboards. This feature allows you to use them as a bulletin board for reminders, memos, research notes and more. Colours are rendered perfectly on a glass whiteboard so presentations and videos look professional on them. Some glass whiteboards even have electronic whiteboard capabilities, allowing for interaction and direct printing.
Check out our other blog posts for more information on the future of whiteboards.