Traditional whiteboards and glass dry-erase boards are a great tool for office and business meetings, conference rooms, for teachers and students both in a classroom and office, and even to have around the home (as a home office glass board). The board is dry erase, so you can draft notes and sketches, leave messages, plan and brainstorm on your own or in a team group on a whiteboard.
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The best part is that you’re reducing your paper waste by eliminating the need for hundreds of pages of printouts, and you can easily wipe dry and reuse a whiteboard at any time. One of the newest trends in white boards is a glass dry erase board, which is even more eco-friendly than the traditional whiteboard, and it doesn’t streak or stain the way normal white boards do. While glass has become the ideal material for whiteboards, throwing a regular piece of white glass up on a wall just isn’t going to work. Sharp edges, lack of mounting hardware or wall anchors, poor installation and unprofessional wall paint can turn your DIY glass board into a nightmare.
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Here are a few reasons why you might want to reconsider making your own glass white boards without access to professional materials such as glass for safety:
Glass boards work the best with magnets as they not only are a fantastic tool for noting, drafting and describing using dry-erase markers but, more importantly, work great as a planning and notice board or calendar. Installing a magnetic piece of metal behind the glass requires specialised tools and a large surface that only professional whiteboard manufacturer will be able to supply.
Using Regular Glass
Professionally made glass boards are made of tempered glass, which is up to ten times as strong as regular glass. This material is nearly shatter-proof, and if the glass does break, it breaks into thousands of tiny, pebble-like shards, to prevent any serious injuries.
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Sharp Edges and Corners
Not only can make regular glass break into dangerous pieces, but the sharp edges can easily cut your fingers when grabbing for markers or an eraser. If you are absolutely insistent on making your own glass whiteboard, we highly recommend using a toughened safety glass that has sanded edges or rounded corners for safety reasons.
Whiteboard Painting without a Professional Paint/Vinyl
Back painting glass may seem like a simple task, but to keep a clean and professional look, you need a professional paint job (and not a wall paint or spray paint found in hardware stores). At the same time, it may look like a quick layer of coat or two using white paint or a spray paint job (similar to frosted glass), giving your glass white board a proper background is generally a process involving multiple steps that’s best handled by professionals glass whiteboard manufacturer.
Installing it Yourself
Professional glass boards come ready to put on the wall, with pre-drilled holes and wall mounting hardware devices. A professional glass marker board typically comes with a detailed instruction and wall anchors to help you make marks on the wall that perfectly align with the holes in the board, so all you need is a correct drill bit, two people and about 10 minutes of your time. Mounting a regular piece of glass to the wall is quite a different story.
While Hexagon does not recommend making your own DIY glass dry erase board if you do plan on installing one yourself, make sure you can pull on the board without any movement, since some wall mounts may not be able to hold the weight for long.