Purchasing restroom partitions can be as much of a balancing act as installing them. You have to consider more than just front-end costs when buying toilet dividers for your bathroom stalls. Long-term maintenance costs have to be considered in comparison to your initial purchase. Ideally, partitions should be damage resistant so your only ongoing expense is normal cleaning costs. In situations where some damage is inevitable—through excessive use or vandalism, for instance—you want to invest now in dividers that you can repair at a cost that is still lower than product replacement.
Weighing all three factors in advance will prevent you from unexpected expenses that can strain your operating budget down the line.
Number of Users per Day
It is a given that people cause wear and tear on restroom partitions. In small, low traffic restrooms, this wear and tear is so minimal that it goes unnoticed for years at a time. In larger facilities with hundreds of users a day, this wear and tear can result in visible damage in a matter of a few short months.
It is very important to consider future population growth in your area when calculating users per day in your facility. Should your neighborhood experience an influx of new residents, your facility is likely to experience an increase in visitors. Anticipating such growth can significantly offset repair/replacement costs if appropriate planning is done in advance.
Maintenance Man Hours
How much time goes into cleaning each restroom in your building? How much does this cost your operations department per year? If you are like most businesses, you want to avoid paying overtime to your maintenance crews. While any restroom partition can be cleaned in a relatively short time, cleaning time and associated costs rise quickly when partitions are vandalized with graffiti.
Materials like phenolic and solid plastic feature exceptionally hard surfaces that resist scratching and moisture penetration. If you have vandalism in your area, you might want to invest a little more in something you can clean and/or repair within budget tolerance of your normal operating expenditures.
Restrooms that are located near swimming pools or that contain public showers can experience internal humidity levels as high as 100% at certain times.
If you are constructing a restroom in a swimming facility, or one that includes shower stalls, we recommend that you go with either solid phenolic or solid plastic bathroom stalls that are engineered with 100% moisture resistance.
If you have any doubts about which partitions best meet your needs, contact our Turnkey Installation Team. Our years of experience building restrooms in office buildings, amusement parks, public swimming pools, and a range of public buildings has taught us which restroom partitions will not only work—but last for over a decade—in a given type of commercial bathroom.
Learn more about different types of commercial bathroom partitions here, or call us now for a quote.