When you hear the term “toilet partitions” what is the first thing you think of? Almost everyone would say, “Those metal walls between toilets, right?”, but partitions are so much more than that.These pieces of washroom privacy are not just installed for appearances, they have a very specific and dutiful job. There are many factors that go into finding the perfect partitions for your needs. There are things like price, durability, environment and design are all taken into account before purchasing and installation. There are four main types of partitions with very different materials, qualities and benefits. The partitions that we will be exploring will be Plastic Laminate, Solid Plastic, Stainless Steel and Powder Coated Steel. We will start off at the least expensive then gradually move up towards some of the slightly pricier options.
The most affordable partition available is powder coated steel. This partition is made up of durable cardboard surrounded by a thick sheet of steel then it is covered in a powder coat finish. This style of toilet partition is then run through an oven which bakes the powder coating on – giving it a very clean and durable finish.
Durability: This style is very durable and is considered the “best bang for your buck”
Price: This style of partition is one of the more affordable options available.
Advantages: Powder coated steel is one of the most common partitions around and is also one of the most recommended. It offers a strong and durable construction while promoting a high quality finish. This option typically comes with a 3 year warranty.
Overview: The next option available for toilet partitions is Plastic Laminate. Plastic laminate partitions are constructed by applying a thin layer of laminate to particle board.
Affordability: Plastic laminate is the next option up in price from powder coated steel. It is slightly more expensive than the previous option.
Durability: Plastic laminate is another very durable toilet partition, however, this style should not be used in rooms with higher humidity like bathrooms with showers. This style is best used in only bathrooms. Advantages: This style is very customizable. There are many different colours and styles to choose from including wood grains and solid patterns.
Overview: The third option of partitions is solid plastic. Solid plastic toilet partitions are one of the most durable partitions available. They are constructed of 1-inch thick solid plastic panels. Affordability: Solid plastic toilet partitions are the next option in regards to price. They are typically 50% – 60% more expensive than powder coated partitions.
Durability: Solid plastic is very popular in schools as they can take quite a beating and still hold their value. Advantages: This style of partitions is one of the most durable available. Although they are on the pricier side of partitions they do hold their value and last a lot longer than other styles. These typically come with a 10 year warranty.
Overview: Stainless steel partitions are an excellent choice for higher end buildings. This style is available in several different patterns, such as textured, smooth and diamond patterns.
Affordability: Stainless steel is another fairly pricey option. They are usually 75% – 100% more expensive than powder coated partitions.
Durability: Since these are made of stainless steel they are very solid in construction. These are also waterproof which is another great perk for cleaning and maintenance.
Advantages: Stainless steel partitions have a very luxurious appearance. If you have the available budget and want a high quality appearance, then stainless steel is an excellent option.
These tips discussed above should help you weigh the benefits of each available toilet partition style. Make sure to take all of the factors into account (cost, durability, style and environment ) before you make a purchase. This way you receive the best product for your budget and is there for years to come.
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