Most dry erase surfaces are either melamine, porcelain, or EverWhite.
|Surface Information||Manufactured with a porous, painted dry erase surface that allows marker ink to penetrate.||Manufactured with an enamel surface with varying degrees of ink resistance.||Manufactured with a nonporous dry erase surface that does not allow marker ink to penetrate.|
|Stain Resistance||Stains and ghosts easily.||Can become stained over time with regular use.||Lifetime guarantee against staining and ghosting.|
|Maintenance||Needs to be cleaned with whiteboard cleaners frequently.||Needs to be cleaned with whiteboard cleaners frequently.||Needs to be cleaned infrequently, with water or window cleaner.|
|Permanent Marker Removal||Permanent marker cannot be removed.||Permanent marker is very difficult and time-consuming to attempt to remove, and often cannot be removed.||Permanent marker can be removed with minimal effort.|
|Magnetic Options||Only available with a non-magnetic surface.||Only available with a magnetic surface.||Available with either a magnetic or non-magnetic surface.|
|Value||Must be replaced every 2 to 5 years, on average, due to excessive ghosting and staining. The least expensive dry erase surface.||Must be replaced every 10 to 15 years, on average, due to excessive ghosting and staining. Typically the most expensive dry erase surface.||Lifetime guaranteed dry erase surface. Does not need to be replaced due to excessive ghosting and staining.|