Dry Erase Surfaces: Whiteboards VS Wallcoverings

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So you want a whiteboard surface.

With so many options available to you, how do you choose which product is the right one for you? Do you stick with traditional whiteboards OR is it time to upgrade your surface with the latest in whiteboard products: Smart Dry Erase Wallcovering.

But you need something to base your decision on. We’ve created this comparison between whiteboards and whiteboard wallcoverings so that you can do just that.

Make informed decisions and create writable surfaces.

Size

First things first, how big an area do you want to cover?

This can be an important factor when choosing your whiteboard product.

With Smart Dry Erase Wallcovering you can create a whiteboard surface as large or as small as you want to, while whiteboards are usually limited in what sizes are available.

Smart Dry Erase Wallcovering is available in rolls of 10m². You can purchase as many rolls as you want to create your surface. It all depends on the size of your area.

Traditional whiteboards are available in limited sizes and if you wanted to cover an entire wall, you would have to apply multiple whiteboards which would not look great and would be expensive.

Application

Need a whiteboard surface in a hurry? Choose Smart Dry Erase Wallcovering. It‘s ready to use as soon as the wallpaper adhesive is dry (typically 24 hours) so you can start enjoying all the benefits the next day. Watch our application video here.

Whiteboards have a slower application process usually requiring a professional installer to mount the board at a straight angle on the wall and firmly attach it.

Since whiteboards are often hammered into the wall, this leaves holes and screws in the surfaces.

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Appearance

You also need to consider what your whiteboard surface will actually look like. What finish would you like? What colours can you have?

Smart Dry Erase Wallcovering has a high gloss finish in white. If you are looking a low sheen version, check out Smart 2 in 1 Wallcovering: Projector and Dry Erase (this means you can use the surface as a projection screen as well as a write-on wipe-off surface).

Some traditional whiteboards on the market come in a variety of colours, but they are usually a maximum of 2m2 in size.

But how does each product look once applied?

Smart Dry Erase Wallcovering is applied directly onto the wall, like any commercial wallpaper, and can make a room look bigger.

Whiteboards can be clunky as they are mounted on the wall and usually have metal/plastic frame.

Do Dry Erase Surfaces Look Good?

Just take a look at the picture below, you may not believe it but all of the walls in this boardroom are dry erase surfaces. They look beautiful.

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Maintenance

You’re creating a dry erase surface, so you need a product that will continue to perform over time.

If you want a surface with a no ghosting guarantee, choose Smart Whiteboard Wallcovering

To maintain a traditional whiteboard, avoid leaving marks on the board for longer than 24 hours. Regularly clean your board with high quality whiteboard spray,  however this may be more difficult with stubborn stains.
Regardless of the whiteboard product you choose, we highly recommend you use good quality whiteboard markers. Check these out.

So what will you choose for your dry erase surface ?

You know the factors you need to consider, It is time to choose the product that best suits your surface.

Looking for something a little different that what has been detailed above? You can also get whiteboard paint. Check out Smart Wall Paint here.

Read our comparison between Smart Wall Paint and whiteboards here.