Suggested Mounting Heights for Classroom Whiteboards

Most classroom whiteboards are 4′ tall. The placement of the whiteboard is often determined by the age group of the students. Below are suggested mounting heights according to grade level:

Grade(s) Suggested Mounting Height
4K – 4th grade 2′ 4″ from floor
5th – 6th grade 2′ 8″ from floor
7th – 8th grade 2′ 10″ from floor
High school and higher education 3′ 0″ from floor

Do Your Homework When Choosing a Whiteboard

Whiteboards have become a standard classroom tool, and a significant amount of money is spent purchasing them — more than $1 billion per year in the United States alone.

Since there are so many types of whiteboards available, doing your homework before purchasing one can save a lot of time, money, and effort. The following questions are important factors to consider when purchasing a whiteboard.

1. Does the whiteboard carry a guarantee?

Guarantees vary widely from one whiteboard to the next, and one manufacturer’s version of a “surface guarantee” may be completely different from another manufacturer’s version.

It is impossible to look at a whiteboard the day it is installed and know whether or not it will look discolored two years later, so the key to protecting your investment and ensuring that you won’t have to replace your whiteboard is to read the details of the guarantee. Some surface guarantees cover scratching, but not staining, while other guarantees cover only workmanship defects.

It is hard to find a whiteboard with a true lifetime surface guarantee that covers staining, but they do exist. You can rest easy when purchasing a whiteboard with a genuine surface guarantee, because it is an indicator that the whiteboard will have a long life.

2. Does the surface resist staining?

The fact is, if marker residue is left on the board without daily cleanings, staining will often occur unless the surface is exceptional.

Many dry erase surfaces retain marker pigments. This leaves behind a discolored look known as “ghosting” or staining. The result is an unsightly whiteboard with remnants of writing from the past, and the reduced contrast makes it difficult for students to read the writing on the board. Many whiteboards are replaced after less than 10 years on the job, simply due to staining.

Can you prevent staining? That depends on the type of whiteboard you purchase.

Melamine whiteboards inevitably stain. Daily cleanings can prolong the life of such boards, but even with strict maintenance, this surface will not last very long with daily use. It is meant for light usage, and it is commonly found in dry erase boards designed for home use.

Porcelain whiteboards are higher in quality than melamine and make up the majority of whiteboards currently used in classrooms. They vary significantly in quality, and the purchase price does not necessarily correlate with the quality of the surface. Since there are so many different “recipes” that can be used to manufacture porcelain, the surface pores of porcelain can vary greatly, and these surface pores are what allow staining to occur. Since a glossy board has fewer surface pores than a whiteboard with a matte finish, as a general rule, the glossier the surface, the longer it will last without staining.

Yet another type of whiteboard is a hardcoat laminate. Fewer brands of this type of whiteboard are available. Hardcoat laminate boards are nonporous and do not allow marker ink to penetrate, so they do not have to be cleaned often to prevent staining. The downside of a hardcoat laminate surface is that it is more susceptible to scratching, so it should not be used in environments where vandalism is a problem.

As you can see, stain resistance varies greatly from board to board. It is an important factor to consider because it is the main determinant in how much time and effort is required to maintain your whiteboard, and it also determines how long a whiteboard is able to withstand daily classroom use.

3. Is the whiteboard easy to install?

Before ordering a whiteboard, make sure that it is not too large to fit through stairwells or doorways necessary to transport it to the classroom where it will be installed. If you think this could be a problem, you can usually order the whiteboard in two separate sections that can fit through narrow spaces.

When installing a new whiteboard, removing the old chalkboard or whiteboard can be a large undertaking due to the work of dismantling, wall patching, and cleanup. One way to bypass this problem is to order a dry erase resurfacing panel, commonly referred to as a “skin.” Most resurfacing panels are self-adhesive, and they simply adhere onto the surface of an old chalkboard or whiteboard, transforming it into a new whiteboard with little effort. If your old board has a frame that is in good condition, resurfacing it can be an easy and cost-effective option.

Stretch Budgets by Resurfacing Whiteboards

Educational institutions continually try to identify strategic ways of saving money without sacrificing the quality of education. As difficult as it is to stretch budgets without affecting students or instructors, there is one easy method that is sometimes overlooked.

When classroom furniture is no longer functioning adequately, the most common solution is to purchase new furniture. But, one item within classrooms can be quickly and easily renovated with minimal cost and effort: the classroom whiteboard.

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Typical whiteboards in schools become stained and discolored with daily use. This often results in a perpetual cycle of replacing whiteboards that have become too stained to serve their purpose. Unfortunately, this capital expense adds up over time, and replacing whiteboards can cost educational institutions several thousands of dollars.

Dry erase resurfacing panels, also referred to as skins, are a quick and easy alternative to replacing whiteboards. A resurfacing panel is essentially a frameless dry erase panel that sticks over the surface of a chalkboard or stained whiteboard. There is typically little to no discernible difference between a resurfaced whiteboard and a new whiteboard.

Years ago, resurfacing panels were tedious to install because messy adhesives needed to be applied by hand during installation. Today, most resurfacing panels are available with a factory-applied, self-adhesive backing. Installing self-adhesive resurfacing panels is basically a two-step process—a liner on the self-adhesive backing is peeled off, and the panel is stuck to the surface of the stained whiteboard.

There are a number of incentives for choosing resurfacing instead of replacement:

Minimal Cost

Resurfacing panels are considerably less expensive to purchase and to ship than new framed whiteboards, and installing a resurfacing panel is much less intensive than installing a new whiteboard. When replacing an old whiteboard with a new whiteboard, there are costs associated with dismantling the old whiteboard, patching the wall, disposing of the old whiteboard, and installing the new whiteboard. When resurfacing, all of these costs are eliminated. Schools are realizing substantial savings when resurfacing—some by as much as 80 percent—through bypassing this work and opting to resurface instead of replace whiteboards.

Times Savings and Ease

Replacing new whiteboards is a cumbersome process that takes time, but resurfacing whiteboards can be a very quick process that requires much less manpower.

Environmental Concerns

Compared to new whiteboards, resurfacing panels require less energy to manufacture and ship. And, resurfacing a whiteboard instead of discarding it prevents unnecessary landfill waste.


There are many brands and types of resurfacing options available, and it can be difficult to narrow down the many choices. Three key factors to consider when choosing resurfacing panels are surface quality, backing, and adhesion.

1. Surface Quality

Dry erase surfaces vary widely in terms of quality. Some resurfacing panels have a melamine surface, which, with typical classroom use, will only last a few years without staining. Other resurfacing panels have a porcelain or hardcoat laminate surface. These are known to last longer than melamine, but they can still vary widely in terms of quality.

To prevent the frustration of purchasing resurfacing panels that don’t stand the test of time, choose a product with a guarantee that covers surface staining. This can be tricky, because many surface guarantees regard surface staining as “normal wear and tear”. The key is to read the fine print of the guarantee and make sure it covers surface staining. This is an indicator of a good, non-staining dry erase surface that won’t disappoint you in years to come.

2. Backing

Resurfacing panels usually consist of a dry erase surface fused to a steel backing. The steel backing provides a sturdy, smooth surface for writing, and it also allows the panel to have a little flexibility or “bend,” which is helpful during installation. The whiteboard to be resurfaced needs to be measured before ordering a steel-backed resurfacing panel, because the panel is cut to size during the manufacturing process.

In addition to resurfacing panels, some dry erase products that resemble rolls or sheets of wallpaper are available for the purpose of resurfacing, and they can be conveniently cut to the correct size with scissors. But, due to the thin paper or plastic backing, any minor irregularities in the chalkboard or whiteboard being resurfaced will likely be palpable and visible. More importantly, durability and surface quality may be compromised when choosing paper or plastic resurfacing products over a resurfacing panel.

3. Adhesion

Most, but not all, resurfacing panels are self-adhesive. Resurfacing panels that are not self-adhesive require an adhesive such as glue or contact cement to be applied by hand during installation. These adhesives can be messy to work with, and the additional process of applying adhesive leaves extra room for error during installation.

Any resurfacing panel must have a very strong adhesive keeping it adhered to the resurfaced board. When selecting resurfacing panels, it is wise to ask manufacturers if there are any types of surfaces that their resurfacing panels are not suitable for resurfacing. For example, certain types of old chalkboards have a vinyl coating, and not all resurfacing panels will permanently adhere to vinyl.

Resurfacing has emerged as an easy, cost-effective way to extend the life of a vital classroom tool, and it will continue to increase in popularity as more educational institutions become aware of this alternative to replacing whiteboards.

How to Save Money When Upgrading to Interactive Whiteboards

Across the nation, schools are making the move from standard whiteboards to interactive whiteboards. Many benefits have been associated with interactivity in lessons, such as student engagement and teaching effectiveness.

Despite the fact that all schools try to maximize limited resources, many schools are unaware that some interactive whiteboard options can provide optimal results for only a fraction of the cost of more widely known options.

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This can be illustrated by the case study of Troy Community Consolidated School District in Plainfield, Illinois, where savings of approximately 50 percent were achieved when upgrading classrooms to interactive whiteboards.

The move to interactive whiteboards was initiated by Troy School District’s superintendent, Don White Ph. D., when he proposed a multi-phase plan to bring the district’s classrooms into the 21st century.

At the time, 109 of Troy School District’s classrooms had a standard chalkboard, and the first phase of the plan would require each chalkboard to be replaced with an interactive whiteboard. When the costs for dismantling chalkboards and installing new interactive whiteboards were calculated, the plan nearly came to a halt.

The expenses would not be compatible with the district’s budget. In addition, dismantling the old chalkboards might also incur additional costs associated with hazardous materials abatement.

Determined to find a more cost-effective solution, Ron Sarver, the district’s director of information services, and Rita Schulz, the district’s technology coordinator, continued to research options.

Their efforts paid off when the research yielded a solution that would allow them to convert the school district’s chalkboards to interactive whiteboards with an estimated cost reduction of nearly 50 percent.

Their plan involved converting each chalkboard to a new whiteboard using self adhesive dry erase panels. The new whiteboards would then be converted into interactive whiteboards using Mimio, a technology that can turn any surface into an interactive surface.

Having not yet used dry erase panels before, Sarver and Schulz initially had several concerns ranging from the quality of the dry erase surface to the quality of the projection on the dry erase surface.

To prevent issues with the quality of the dry erase surface, they chose EverWhite dry erase panels, which were guaranteed to remain white without any signs of ghosting or staining. Using a classroom as a test case, Sarver and Schulz installed an EverWhite dry erase panel over the chalkboard, and proceeded to add a Mimio interactive system and short throw projector.

Then, they thoroughly tested the solution to see if it would work for the rest of the district’s classrooms. Their concerns about the projected image quality were quickly alleviated.

According to Sarver, “Typically, boards that are very stain-resistant and shiny do not work well as projection surfaces, but that wasn’t the case with these dry erase panels. Everything on the projection was very sharp, with crisp lines and no blurriness.”

He continued, “As an added bonus, unlike typical whiteboards, the dry erase panel was capable of reflecting more light than the usual whiteboard, so the teacher wouldn’t necessarily have to dim the lights each time the interactive whiteboard was in use.”

With the proposed solution thoroughly tested, it was clear that Troy School District would be able to proceed with the first phase of the district’s plan, bringing each classroom into the 21st century using the combination of an EverWhite dry erase panel, Mimio interactive system, and a short throw projector.

There would be no expenses incurred dismantling chalkboards, and teachers would have the versatility of both an interactive whiteboard and a high-quality dry erase board. In addition, by using Mimio as an interactive solution instead of a more widely known supplier of interactive whiteboards, the district was able to realize cost savings upwards of $1,100 per room.

According to Sarver, “The cost differential was dramatic.”

The Training Component

The overall success of Troy School District’s interactive initiative has much to do with Troy School District’s proactive training program.

When Troy School District was initially formulating a training plan, they found research showing that many teachers with interactive technology were only using their interactive equipment as expensive projectors.

Troy School District knew that before the interactive solution could be successful and engage students, adequate training would need to be provided to teachers, enabling them to effectively utilize the equipment and make lessons interactive.

Troy School District’s training program required each teacher to attend a 2-1/2 hour class showing teachers how to use the technology before their classroom could be upgraded with an interactive whiteboard.

Substitutes were provided by the school district so teachers could take the class during the day instead of after hours. A second, more advanced class on the interactive technology was also offered to teachers.

According to Schulz, “We didn’t want to just hand teachers the equipment; we wanted to show them the possibilities.”

Once each teacher received training, he or she was able to customize the capabilities of the interactive whiteboards to suit individual teaching plans.

As Schulz explained, “I show them how to use the software, but they are the ones that figure out how to successfully incorporate the software into each of their classes.”

Troy School District’s story illustrates a cost-effective deployment of interactive technology in classrooms that was supported by well-planned training.

According to Schulz, an added bonus is that “the kids have been able to quickly learn the equipment and be a part of the interactive lessons, which has been a big benefit for the teachers.”

Overall, the ultimate goal of cost-effectively harnessing the potential of interactivity in classrooms has been successful, perhaps best summed up in the words of Sarver: “Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.”

EverWhite Expands Framing Options for Its Line of Visual Communications Products

Contact: Michael Knueppel
Tel: 262-250-7186

Website: www.everwhiteboards.com

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.,—EverWhite has expanded the framing options of its line of visual communications products to offer sleek and modern looks that will stand out in any classroom or office setting. These expanded framing options reaffirm the company’s promise of offering superior, custom products to fit virtually any need.

Highly stylized and intelligently designed, EverWhite’s Classic Aluminum framed boards are manufactured with a satin, chemically-etched and clear anodized finish. The Classic Aluminum Series whiteboards are now available in widths ranging from 5/8” to 1 1/8”. Classic Wood Series whiteboards are now available in custom-stained colors in widths ranging from 1 1/4” to 2 1/4”. EverWhite’s Classic Wood framed boards are made of 100 percent solid wood and offer an ultra-sophisticated look.

Backed by the EverWhite Lifetime Guarantee, all EverWhite whiteboards are guaranteed to stay completely white – without the ghosting or staining of traditional whiteboards – for the life of the building. In addition to a robust series of whiteboards, EverWhite manufactures a variety of visual communications products. Its product line includes whiteboards, cork and vinyl bulletin boards, graphic whiteboards, combination boards, whiteboard accessories and other visual communication solutions.

EverWhite Improves End Cap Style on Visual Communications Products

Contact: Michael Knueppel
Tel: 262-250-7186

Website: www.everwhiteboards.com

Latest design improvement to enhance customer experience, safety and style

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.,—In direct response to customer feedback, EverWhite recently incorporated a design enhancement that keeps the company’s promise of offering superior, user-friendly and easy to install whiteboards. New marker tray end caps for the EverWhite line of aluminum framed whiteboards have been engineered and designed with molded, rounded corners. With this enhancement, the aluminum framed whiteboards are safer and more stylish than ever before. The new end caps are made of highly durable, molded and chemically-resistant plastic.

It has been developed to match the exact look of the existing line of aluminum framed whiteboards and integrate with a design that keeps everyday users in mind. The new end caps will eliminate snags, add to the board’s sturdiness and enhance the usability of the board’s marker tray to reflect EverWhite’s commitment to intelligent design.

In addition to its robust series of whiteboards that feature a lifetime guarantee against ghosting or staining, EverWhite manufactures a variety of visual communications products. Its product line includes whiteboards, cork and vinyl bulletin boards, graphic whiteboards, combination boards, whiteboard accessories and other visual communication solutions.

EverWhite Whiteboards Selected as a Top Product of 2012 by Christian School Products

Contact: Michael Knueppel
Tel: 262-250-7186

Website: www.everwhiteboards.com

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., August 9, 2012— Whiteboard manufacturer EverWhite has been chosen as one of thirty Top Products of 2012 by Christian School Products (CSP) magazine, a premier source of information on products and services for growing Christian schools. Featured in the July 2012 issue of CSP, the Top Products of 2012 represent the year’s biggest, best and most popular products, as determined by the editorial staff.

According to Stephanie Witt, sales & service coordinator at EverWhite “It is great to be selected as one of Christian School Products Top Products of 2012. EverWhite takes great pride in serving our customers and provide them with the highest quality whiteboard on the market. I am proud of EverWhite’s endeavors and look forward to the product line’s future developments.”

Located in Menomonee Falls, Wis., EverWhite manufactures a variety of visual communications products including whiteboards, bulletin boards, and dry erase resurfacing panels. EverWhite also offers custom printed whiteboards for teachers, coaches, healthcare providers, businesses, etc. EverWhite is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business and is featured in the BBB’s Consumer Safe Shopping Mall. For more information on EverWhite, visit www.everwhiteboards.com, email inquiry@everwhiteboards.com or call 800-824-1482.

EverWhite Whiteboards Selected as a Top 10 Product of 2011 by American School & University Magazine

Contact: Michael Knueppel
Tel: 262-250-7186

Website: www.everwhiteboards.com

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., January 12, 2012- Whiteboard manufacturer EverWhite has been chosen as a Top 10 Product of 2011 by American School & University (A&U) magazine, an award-winning publication for education facilities and business professionals. Featured in the December 2011 issue of AS&U, the Top 10 Products of 2011 represent the year’s biggest, best and most popular products in education facilities and business, as determined by readers.

The Top 10 Products of 2011 were selected based on AS&U readers’ responses and requests for product information. AS&U’s readers consist of the nation’s K-12 and higher-education administrators responsible for the planning, design, construction, retrofit, operations, maintenance and management of education facilities. Over 400 products were considered for AS&U’s Top 10 Products list.

According to Amy Jablonka Nelson, sales manager of EverWhite “It is such an honor to be selected as an American School & University Top 10 Product of 2011, and we especially thank the readers of the magazine for their interest in our EverWhite whiteboards. We really do guarantee that they will stay white for a lifetime. Our goal is to serve our customers well while providing the highest quality dry erase board on the market in the shortest lead time. I am proud of EverWhite’s accomplishments and am looking forward to the product line’s future developments.”

Located in Menomonee Falls, Wis., EverWhite manufactures a variety of visual communications products including whiteboards, bulletin boards, and dry erase resurfacing panels. EverWhite also offers custom printed whiteboards for teachers, coaches, healthcare providers, businesses, etc. EverWhite is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business and is featured in the BBB’s Consumer Safe Shopping Mall. For more information on EverWhite, visit www.everwhiteboards.com, email inquiry@everwhiteboards.com or call 800-824-1482.

EverWhite Donates Music Staff Whiteboard for Classroom Makeover on the “Rachel Ray Show”

Contact: Michael Knueppel
Tel: 262-250-7186

Website: www.everwhiteboards.com

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., December 2, 2011 – EverWhite, a manufacturer of visual communication products, donates a music staff whiteboard for a surprise makeover of a music room at Holt High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The makeover was awarded to Holt High School for participating in the “Life Opens Up Project” organized by Crest and Oral B. The surprise makeover aired on the December 2, 2011 episode of the “Rachel Ray Show”.

Crest and Oral B’s “Life Opens Up Project” challenged participants to share how a healthy, confident mouth helps them engage in their world. Participants were eligible to win up to $25,000 and be featured on the “Rachael Ray Show”.

Holt High School’s principal, Donna Niblett, was chosen as a winner of the “Life Opens Up Project” after submitting a video detailing the struggles her town and her students had experienced after the community was hit by a massive tornado on April 27, 2011. Holt High School’s band had dwindled to only twenty members because parents could not afford band instruments after lives were devastated by the catastrophic tornado. The “Life Opens Up Project” not only provided Holt High School with a music room makeover, but it allowed Holt High School to provide new instruments for the students to use free of charge.

EverWhite was honored to be selected by the “Rachel Ray Show” to donate the music staff whiteboard needed for Holt High School’s music room makeover. The music staff whiteboard was installed at the front of the classroom, and it includes a lifetime guarantee ensuring that the board will stay white, with no staining or discoloration even after years of daily use. In addition, the graphics on the whiteboard are embedded underneath the dry erase surface, so they will never fade, wear away, or inhibit writing.

According to Amanda Dahlby, marketing manager for EverWhite, “EverWhite is committed to helping communities and schools in need. It is a true honor to have been selected by the “Rachel Ray Show” to participate in this music room makeover for Holt High School.”

In addition to music staff whiteboards, EverWhite offers a line of fully customized whiteboards for diverse applications. Used across the country in hospital patient rooms, lean manufacturing applications, and even in the locker rooms of professional athletics teams, EverWhite’s customized printed whiteboards feature vibrant, photo-quality graphics. And, all EverWhite whiteboards are guaranteed to stay white for a lifetime; even permanent marker can be removed with ease.

To learn more about EverWhite whiteboards and visual communications products, visit www.everwhiteboards.com.

Located in Menomonee Falls, Wis., EverWhite manufactures a variety of visual communications products including whiteboards, bulletin boards, and dry erase panels. EverWhite is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business and is featured in the Better Business Bureau’s Consumer Safe Shopping Mall. For more information on EverWhite, visit www.everwhiteboards.com, email inquiry@everwhiteboards.com, or call 800-824-1482.