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The Needs of School Bathrooms
School bathrooms are crucial spots to get right for the comfort of students and staff alike. Like any restroom they must offer privacy but also fit within the budget of the buyer. Bathrooms for schools also have a few distinctions that set them apart from other restrooms.
- Number of Stalls: Schools are generally less limited in space and capacity compared to businesses. The average public school has an enrollment of 527 students and many have thousands of children attending every day. Having enough bathroom stalls for students and staff is crucial when building a school but because of the number of stalls the budget may be more limited.
- Potential for Damage: All bathrooms experience some amount of wear and tear but school bathrooms often sustain a larger amount. Much of this damage is unintentional; backpacks and other items can hit against the stalls denting or scratching them. However, students are also known for intentionally leaving messages and drawings on partition walls. Having stalls that are graffiti and damage resistant is key to the longevity of bathroom partitions in schools.
- Potential for Moisture: Most school bathrooms won’t have a lot of moisture in the air. However, in school locker rooms, showers tend to give off a lot of steam and moisture. Selecting a moisture resistant stall is crucial or the bathroom’s partitions will quickly warp and need to be replaced. Phenolic and Solid Plastic are both moisture resistant materials. However, High Pressure Laminate is not moisture resistant and should not be chosen for a locker room.
With these factors in mind the team at Partition Plus recommends the following materials when choosing bathroom stalls for schools.
The Best Toilet Partitions for Offices
Powder Coated Steel
Powder Coated Steel makes an excellent option for schools that need a sturdy damage resistant material at a low cost. The stalls offer multiple privacy levels including junior height stalls for younger students and elite and elite plus high-privacy options like the one pictured here.
Solid Plastic HDPE
Solid Plastic’s color-through material is water and damage resistant. It is easy to maintain, 100% recyclable, and a popular choice for school bathrooms across the country. Partitions can be customized with school colors and an engraved logo for a perfect fit.
Solid Core Phenolic
Phenolic comes with great benefits including over 400 color choices, easy maintenance, and high privacy options like the ones pictured here. It boasts impressive damage and graffiti resistance and comes with a 25 year warranty. For schools with a higher budget, phenolic is a great selection.
Build Your School Bathroom with Partition Plus
School bathrooms don’t have to be complicated. Here at Partition Plus we have experts ready to help you make the best choice for your bathroom.
Partition Plus has over 25 years of experience building the best bathrooms in the country. Our team is dedicated to giving you professional and expert quality help for jobs big and small. When you work with us you can count on getting a free quote that fits your needs quickly and without obligation.
If you’re still uncertain about what materials or layout you want for your bathroom, or if you have any other questions contact our experts today. We look forward to getting started building your school bathroom.