When shopping for dry erase boards, it can be hard to tell what makes one different than another. Aside from accessories like map rails and marker trays – and of course, size – the biggest difference between various types of markerboards is the writing surface and backing material.
A melamine writing surface is usually applied to a hardboard substrate. These boards work best when the need to erase is less frequent (for instance, a menu board), since they tend to ghost a bit easier than their porcelain-on-steel counterparts. Melamine boards are not magnetic and are usually the more economical option.
Boards with porcelain-on-steel construction consist of a porcelain coating on top of a steel substrate. These boards are highly durable, resist scratches and ghost less than melamine boards. They are easy to clean and accept magnets.
For a great deal, consider Norwood Commercial Furniture’s Franklin Premier Magnetic Dry Erase Board. This porcelain-on-steel board features a map rail for tacking memos or artwork and an accessory tray for keeping markers and erasers handy. It comes in nine sizes, so you’re sure to find one that fits your space.