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Commercial Bathroom Partitions Options & Installation

June 3, 2021 8:16 pm Published by

When shopping for commercial bathroom partitions for your business or office, the decision can be difficult. There are many options on the market to meet all price points. Business owners will want to consider the feel and aesthetic they want to achieve. However, it is also important to consider practical concerns, such as how much traffic the bathroom will receive.

Commercial Bathroom Partitions Options & Installation

Commercial Bathroom Partitions Options

When discussing commercial bathroom partitions, there are a variety of material options. Each type offers distinct advantages that may meet your business’s unique needs.

Powder-Coated Metal:

Powder-coated metal commercial bathroom partitions are the most common and least expensive option for restrooms. Color is achieved by powdering the steel and baking it onto the surface in an oven. While these work well in many settings, there is not a wide variety of colors. They also may have a short life expectancy as they can rust when in contact with moisture.

Solid Plastic:

Solid plastic commercial bathroom partitions are made from solid panels of polymer plastic. As a result, they are incredibly durable and are resistant to most types of damage. This includes mold, moisture, cleaners, and rust. These partitions have a long life expectancy. They are also easy to clean, which is important if you expect graffiti. While they can be a bit more expensive, they are often a good investment since they last a long time. Solid plastic partitions are common in areas with incredibly high traffic.

Phenolic:

Phenolic commercial bathroom partitions are often referred to as black core partitions. This is due to their color because it features a resin kraft paper core. Melamine impregnated decorative surface paper is then layered on top. The partition is dense but can damage or scratch easily. Despite this, it is durable and has a long lifespan. It is also easy to clean and resistant to bacteria and corrosion.

Solid Color Reinforced Composite (SCRC):

Solid color reinforced composite is common in high traffic areas. This material is very durable. It is composed of wood material reinforced with polycarbonate and phenolic resins. SCRC partitions are scratch, dent, moisture, and impact-resistant. However, they can be quite expensive and have limited color options.

Plastic Laminate:

Particleboard makes up the core of plastic laminate commercial bathroom partitions. Laminate and a thin steel sheet then cover the plastic laminate. Therefore, these partitions come in many color options and are affordable. Unfortunately, they cannot handle exposure to large amounts of water or humidity. This limitation can shorten their lifespan considerably.

Stainless Steel:

Design professionals consider stainless steel commercial toilet partitions the most sophisticated option. They are generally more expensive, and more durable. They are also available in smooth or engraved options. Stainless steel can help a business achieve a classy feel, and they are incredibly durable. In fact, they are rust and scratch-resistant, and they can be used in any environment.

Commercial Bathroom Partitions Installation Options

Floor-Mounted/Overhead-Braced:

These commercial bathroom partitions are the most common ones encountered. This style mounts to the floor and is braced at the top with a headrail. It is a stable option and available in measurements that can be immediately installed in most commercial restrooms.

Floor-mounted commercial bathroom partitions are similar to floor-mounted/overhead-braced designs. However, they do not have the overhead brace. They are only attached to the floor and have no support on top. They are not as stable as the floor-mounted/overhead-braced option. As a result, they are only recommended for smaller restrooms, with three or fewer stalls.

Floor to Ceiling

Floor-to-ceiling partitions are great for extra support in areas with high traffic. They mount directly to the floor and the ceiling for maximum stability. They generally aren’t an option in buildings with high ceilings, though.

Ceiling-mounted commercial bathroom partitions are mounted directly to the ceiling and do not touch the floor. Most importantly, they have an advantage in that bathrooms are easier to clean. However, like floor-mounted options, they lack the stability of other partition types.

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Kip Austin, a lead carpenter with Contour Construction

When it comes to installing toilet partitions, which you might know as bathroom stalls, the layout is everything, says Kip Austin, a lead carpenter with Contour Construction. Subsequently, there’s a lot more that goes into installing toilet partitions than you might think. “You want them almost to be invisible. You just want them to fade into the bathroom,” added Austin. “By invisible, I mean when somebody comes in, there’s nothing about it that stands out as being wrong because it’s all right. When you step in, the latch works perfectly, the door swings easily. That’s kind of what we go for. Put them in right, make them work well and you’ve done your job.” Watch below!

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