Bathroom Stalls for Schools: Which Material Is Best?

When it comes to anyone’s privacy in the restroom, you would want the best door material out there. Schools, business office buildings, medical office buildings, courthouses, churches, etc., you would want your patrons to have a sturdy and safe door.

And just like any public place you go to, there will always be someone who vandalizes or damages the stall doors to the toilet. A school is no exception. Kids tend to draw, key, or even dent the doors in the bathroom for some reason. 

A variety of materials can be used for bathroom stalls, and we can tell you about the most used ones. Read on to see which material would be best when you’re picking bathroom stalls for schools.

Phenolic Partitions

Phenolic is a material similar to another one, HDPE, in the sense that it is resistant to moisture and physical damage.  

It comes in Formica and Wilsonart colors and patterns, which make it an ideal choice for bathrooms in health centers, office buildings, schools, and other high-traffic buildings.

A bathroom with attractive stalls can make a student or teacher feel more comfortable in using the bathroom. Decorating the doors with your school’s colors can make a student and teacher feel more connected to their alma mater.

Warranty for this material can be lengthy, depending on the manufacturer, of course.

Due to its melamine sheathing material, phenolic partitions, to some degree, can resist chemical cleaning products. When cleaning the partitions, it is best to use a gentle cleanser or a solvent cleaner. Using chemical products to clean can damage the material in the long run, causing discoloration.

One disadvantage to phenolic is that it is made from laminated layers of paper or strand board, which leaves it susceptible to both physical and moisture damage. 

This material is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Powder Coated Steel Partitions

Have a project coming up with a tight budget? Lightweight, easy to install, customizable, and durable, powder-coated steel partitions are your choice, also known as the industry standard.

Advantages to this material are the following:

  • reduction of sound 
  • good structural support
  • fire-resistant shield
  • bacteria and moisture resistance

One disadvantage is that the powder coating can be scratched off, exposing the inner material and, ultimately, making it a perfect place for rust to form.

Powder-coated steel should be cleaned occasionally. To clean powder-coated steel, simply use a gentle soap with warm water. Harsh chemicals will damage the finish of the partition.

Powder-coated steel partitions are well suited for office buildings, restaurants, and retail stores.

This material is also compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Stainless Steel Partitions

Often sought out for their high-end appearance, Stainless Steel Partitions are a sight to see. To compliment that high-end look, stainless steel partitions also have a lightweight honeycomb core that keeps the panels lightweight and easy to install while also having excellent durability and resistance to vandalism. 

Stainless steel partitions are also recyclable, so when you’re ready for a new set of bathroom stalls for your school, you can recycle the old ones, which can teach kids the importance of recycling. Also, steel tends to last longer than the other materials in the bathroom (unless they are also made of steel) so expect the other materials to be outlived by steel. 

In an environment full of children or teenagers, having stainless steel doors can offer some type of security when it comes to possible damage. Stainless steel can also make the bathroom a few degrees cooler, making it the least likely place for bacteria to grow.

Available in different textured finishes, stainless steel partitions are a go-to option for office buildings, restaurants, airports, high traffic locations, and anywhere a luxurious look is needed for complimentary design. Choosing a textured panel for your steel partitions gives it even more resistance to damage and can conceal any scuffs.

Stainless steel can resist certain chemical cleaning agents. The following are not recommended:

  • Chloride cleaners
  • Abrasive cleaners
  • All-Purpose cleaners
  • Chloride bleach

This material is also compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

HDPE Partitions

HDPE, or high-density polyethylene, is one of the most sought materials for restroom partitions. Often a choice for public bathrooms, HDPE does not have an inner core, and its solid construction makes for an impact-resistant material that deflects minor damage such as scratches and dents.

According to romtec.com, “one of the biggest advantages of this material is the lack of required maintenance. Once HDPE partitions are installed, they generally require little upkeep besides regular cleaning.”

HDPE is resistant to microbial growth, an ideal feature for showers, community pools, and other places where water is abundant. A sink or a toilet can clog up, and in a matter of seconds, the bathroom can be flooded, so material on a door being able to resist bacteria and such is an excellent idea. 

Microbial growth can cause several illnesses among children and adults, so among all the materials shown above, HDPE would be the most ideal choice for a bathroom partition. 

Along with all these advantages, HDPE has very few disadvantages so it’s ideal for any place with a bathroom. Due to its resistant nature, HDPE is not needed in all locations. Private bathrooms, for example, have very small chances for vandalism, so this material is typically not needed there.

HDPE plastic has a high-impact resistance and melting point, so it is one heck of a flexible material to use for bathroom stalls in schools or anywhere. 

With a great value, this material also comes with a 25-year manufacturer warranty in case of any irreversible damage, and anything other than that is easy to repair: another bonus!

This material is also compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.