Selecting the Right Toilet Partition Material for Commercial Restrooms
Selecting the right toilet partition material is a very important step in purchasing commercial restroom products. To ensure maximum usage, it is important to match the partition material to the facility type and intended usage.
Available Options for Toilet Materials
The most commonly used toilet partition material is powder coated steel. The majority of the United States uses this material. Powder coated steel toilet partitions have become the standard for durable quality at an affordable price. This material has a 3 year warranty with most manufactures. The finish is resistant to wear, fading and scuffing. It is easily cleaned with a mild soap solution and wiped dry. The hybrid epoxy/polyester powder is electrostatically applied for uniform thickness over cold-rolled commercial quality galvanized, stretcher-leveled steel. The core is made of cellular honeycomb for solid construction and sound attenuation. It is bonded to the formed steel with a non-toxic adhesive and locked in place with a roll formed molding and brazed corners. Powder Coated Steel is the least expensive of all the options.
Stainless steel toilet partitions are virtually indestructible and retain their gleaming beauty indefinitely. These units combine the strength of #304 stainless steel with a #4 satin finish or textured finish, formed and bonded to a honeycomb core. This material has a warranty of 5 years through the factories. The face sheets are held rigid and permanently in place by an interlocking strip welded at each corner. Stainless steel components are impervious to just about any substance. Even scratches caused by deliberate vandalism can be removed by buffing. The elegance of their stainless steel components complements any design scheme, either in new construction or for renovations. Stainless Steel is the most expensive material available, but it is also the most aesthetically pleasing.
Solid Plastic partitions are manufactured of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resins with same color throughout and smooth, machined edges. The aluminum heat sink strip at bottom edges of doors and panels is a standard construction feature. HDPE has a warranty of 15 years with most factories. They are designed for high-traffic public facilities, parks and schools. Solid Plastic is the material of choice where low maintenance and durability are required. Its lightly textured finish hides the effect of vandalism. Solid Plastic is attractive as well as environmentally safe and sanitary. It is completely water resistant, unaffected by steam, high humidity and corrosive environments. It is mildew, rust, graffiti and impact resistant. Commercial cleaning agents may be used without fear of damaging the surface.
Plastic laminate partitions are constructed of high-pressure, 0.050" vertical-grade laminate finishes, bonded under pressure to a solid impact-resistant particle board core, meet or exceed all NEMA standards. Edge banding of all components prior to face lamination ensures optimum water runoff and durability. This product has a 5 year warranty. Plastic laminate partitions are available in all four mounting styles and a variety of designer colors to complement tile, vanities and counter tops. They are the finish of choice for commercial and institutional installations where aesthetics are essential and cost is a consideration. Moisture guard plastic laminate is new and works well with moisture areas.
Black core solid phenolic partitions are decoratively faced on both sides of a resin-impregnated Kraft paper core. The surface and core sheets are fused at high temperature and pressure. In addition to strength and serviceability, a wide range of colors provides limitless design flexibility. Black core phenolic has a warranty of 10 years. Both Black and Color-Thru are the same product, but the color thru uses resin and Kraft paper that match the surface color. They call it black core because of the 4 edges of a sheet are black.
The Color-Thru Phenolic is made with surface color throughout the partition. With all the advantages of traditional Phenolic performance, it’s especially effective when gouging and vandalism are an issue. This material is less expensive then Stainless Steel, but more expensive than Powder Coated Steel, Solid Plastic and Plastic Laminate. This also has a warranty of 10 years through the manufactures. This material has a smooth surface not like solid plastic which does not have a smooth surface but has little bumps on the face sides.
Material Selection Can Dictate Lead-times
Keep in mind that your selected toilet partition material will influence your shipment’s lead-time. Some materials carry much longer lead-times then others. While lead-times depend on material type, many materials can ship within 48 hours.
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