Large Whiteboards Info

Looking for resources for purchasing large whiteboards? Use our reviews page or check out the table below for cost comparisons.

Type Cost (USD)
Roll On / Sheet $30
Melamine (typical, cheaper large whiteboards) $130
Paint $200
Ceramic / Steel $350
Interactive $1500

Large whiteboards have many uses; they can be effective in the office, at home, and in the classroom – just to name a few places that can benefit. If you are in the market and looking for large whiteboards for sale, or thinking about buying one in the future, you should think about the possible types and uses that commonly occur. Some questions that you should ask yourself are:

  • Will the whiteboard need to be portable?
  • Will it need to be interactive?
  • At what height will it be used?
  • Does it need a special type of sub-surface (magnetic) material?
  • Is this something I can make for myself (by painting or another method)?

Answering these question prior to buying large whiteboards will help you get the right one for your needs.

Types Of Large Whiteboards Surfaces

Large whiteboards are also known by many other names; you might see them labeled as:

  • markerboard
  • dry erase board
  • dry wipe board
  • pen-board
  • grease board

Large Whiteboards

All of these names generally refer to what we commonly refer to as “whiteboard”. Nowadays most of the surfaces on large whiteboards are composed of melamine, enamel on steel, and porcelain steel. Melamine is less commonly used as it exhibits what is referred to as “ghosting”. This is where the erased image can be still be seen. This is an undesirable attribute in a surface, you should stay away from this material if possible. In addition to solid, and heavy, sheets there are now other alternatives. These include whiteboards sheets with glue, posters, roll-on, and even paint on whiteboard material. Another alternative to tradition large whiteboards is the use of clear surfaces such as glass or specialty acrylic against a light background such as a normal light colored wall. Do you want to save money and make a cheap large whiteboard? Read how to make your own large whiteboard.

Paint on dry erase material has become popular with the formulation of paint mixtures that provide a transparent dry erase whiteboard surface that can be applied to nearly any material. If you are considering going to very large sizes, or need to cover a very large area, painting on the dry erase material might be the solution. These paints typically are applied in several coats; doing so allows the paint to set up to a point where extra layers add to the over all thickness that will allow the paint to work as intended without staining the surface underneath. After the several coats have been applied the paint is then left to dry for between 3 to 7 days, depending on the manufacturer. Smoothness of the underlying surface is a large factor in determining how easy dry erase markers are to erase from the painted area. Common textured walls, as found in many homes and classrooms, can be used for this although lightly sanding textured areas generally leads to better results. Cost-wise, this is by far the most economical way to cover anything more than 20 square feet. Using dry erase whiteboard paint can save a lot of money when used to cover extremely large areas.

Uses For Large Whiteboards

  • Large Whiteboard Calendar
  • Large Magnetic Whiteboard
  • Order Board
  • Brainstorming Area

Looking for more information on the different types of whiteboards? Check the other pages for further information on:

 

Portable Whiteboard

Custom Whiteboards

Interactive Whiteboards