Glass message boards are growing in popularity as more and more designers become familiar with them. Glass is non-ghosting, provides good contrast, is easy to clean of all types of markers (including permanent), and adds a higher end look for corporate environments. In this week’s earlier post, we wrote about our custom color capabilities and quality features, but today I want to speak about the artistic side of Dreamwalls Color Glass to add extra beauty and value to your message board.
There are many different features in a glass message boards that can help you create the exact look – and function – desired for a corporate look, and Dreamwalls Color Glass has created the “gold standard” in message boards for these environments. Below are 4 different ways that Dreamwalls Color Glass can make the dry erase board of your design dreams:
- Cut outs
TEMPERING: Tempered glass is annealed (untempered) glass that has been processed by a controlled thermal process to increase its strength in comparison to annealed glass. Tempered glass is generally 4-6x stronger than annealed glass, and creates the characteristic breaking pattern you see above, as well as a greater resistance to high heat temperatures. Tempered glass must be fabricated fully with all holes, edging, and shaping done prior to tempering because of the internal stress, so measure carefully, because there is no trimming “in the field”. When tempered glass is broken, it crumbles into granular chunks, instead of jagged shards. These nuggets of glass are less likely to cause injury, so some people refer to it as “safety glass”.
Tempered glass is often used in glass shower enclosures, glass doors and tables, backsplashes, shower walls, and other architectural applications. However, it is often recommended for “pass through” applications where the back of the glass is not fully supported – like message boards with standoffs used, or where the glass may come in contact with extreme changes in temperature. (Glass trivets are made of tempered glass, and they can usually stand the direct heat of pots that are up to 400-450˚ F.)
MAGNETIZATION: Many offices are now opting for magnetic glass message boards for an additional function to the writing surface. Calling the boards themselves “magnetic” is a bit of a misnomer, since the glass itself is not actually magnetized. A steel plate is adhered to the back of the glass using a special adhesive that will not harm the paint layers, and magnets are used on the front side which pull “through” the glass to the steel. It’s important to note that the addition of the steel plate creates a much heavier product, often increasing the weight of the overall glass message board by 3x – so when you’re looking at hanging mechanisms, that is definitely a consideration. Dreamwalls Color Glass magnetized message boards may just be the solution you’ve needed to add the utmost flexibility to the office.
CUT OUTS: Drilled holes for standoff mounting, unique patterns cut out of the glass, or cutting the glass board itself into a unique shape, can add some amazing options to a Dreamwalls Color Glass glass marker board. Working from .dxf files, we can waterjet any design out of the glass. Watch a good video about our waterjet cutting capabilities here.
GRAPHICS: We can also add graphics on the reverse side of the glass. By using our painting system we can selectively paint different areas in different colors (or leave them clear) so that you add logos, text, borders, or other designs to the message boards. These designs won’t chip or wash off because they’re on the back side and protected. The shine and sparkle add a professional look to any graphic. Just think of the possibilities!
With these unique capabilities, almost anything can be achieved for a unique marker board that is a cut above the competition. A Dreamwalls Color Glass message board will make any office stand out from the competition.