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As popular designs and trends are on the rise within specific industries, there’s one area that needs more attention than ever before. There is simply no better time to renovate run-down or outdated areas in public facilities. Two specific areas are locker rooms and restrooms. In 2023 and beyond, it’s more important than ever to provide a safe, private, modern, and inclusive design to your facility’s locker room or restroom.
So, when you’re thinking about what design trends to run with, what exactly are the biggest and most important reasons to update restrooms or lockers? Some may simply need to replace rusted lockers for better eye-appeal or safety concern since someone could get cut, others may need to take care of more challenging requests like plumbing issues creating damp environments which lead to rust and corrosion within the area. Or, some may want to upgrade for the benefit of a successful sports program to commemorate their home team. Whichever your reason for revamping your lockers or restroom partitions, it’s important for facility managers to keep in mind that these areas are more than just places to change, shower, and serve as functional public necessities—they can, in fact, complement your facility’s overall design scheme.
In this blog, we’ll discuss current design trends and what is working for the locker room and restroom partition industry based on a few factors of what’s been tried and true and rising in popularity with today’s society. Keeping these trends in mind will help your facility reap the benefits of HDPE plastic with Scranton Products brands.
Designed for Modernness & Privacy
Just because you’re looking for privacy doesn’t mean you have to forfeit a modern, sleek design that compliments the style of your restroom or locker room. Today, style and privacy go hand-in-hand, and everyone wants to feel comfortable in a private setting such as restrooms or locker rooms.
Scranton Products® Aria Partitions® are our full height partition and were developed to add enhanced comfort and privacy to your restroom design. Aria Partitions aesthetics combined with its solid HDPE material gives you a restroom design , and customizable to fit your project’s desired level of privacy and design.
Locker rooms are places that have a bad reputation because we often associate them with loud, slamming, rusty lockers from storing damp or sweaty items in. No matter what storage needs your facility has, Tufftec Lockers® have a solution. With a multitude of styles, configurations, and interchangeable options, you can create customized lockers that make the most of a space, while still giving you design options that complement your building in a durable HDPE material.
Restroom Partitions are Gender Inclusive
Co-ed dorms are on the rise, including gender-inclusive bathrooms in public facilities such as colleges and universities, now more than ever. Low privacy bathroom designs are a thing of the past! Instead, choose high-privacy restroom partitions that reduce sightlines and boastfully enclosed compartments that are not only attractive but also gender-neutral friendly.
We aren’t just talking about dorms and restroom facilities in high traffic areas, some students did not feel safe nor comfortable in their campus recreational facilities locker rooms because they were outdated, and not giving as much privacy as they would like. It’s important for these high-traffic facilities to accommodate the needs of others to feel safe and secure in a locker room or restroom that is meant for changing and private purposes.
Aesthetically Pleasing Designs
An attractive, sophisticated restroom partition or locker can make all the difference when it comes to the appearance of a commercial restroom or locker room. In fact, many facilities opt for slightly more expensive materials for their counters in order to create this quality look.
But did you know that higher quality materials, such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, are often nonporous which means they’ll stay cleaner since HDPE is naturally germ resistant? This type of material may be slightly more expensive at the initial purchase, but the costs you’ll save in maintenance over the years making it less expensive in the long run.
When it comes to locker design, Scranton Products creates lockers and restrooms for strength and durability, all while keeping a modern, clean, and sophisticated design. The major difference between metal and HDPE lockers and partitions is the impact resistant properties that HDPE plastic holds. These products are also resistant to mold and bacteria, have low maintenance costs due to being power washable and steam cleanable, and offer the ability to choose from an array of styles for a custom locker or partition that matches your brand.
More and more companies are considering the carbon footprint they’re leaving and choosing sustainable products that are less harmful to the environment and better for the people in the facility. Some products give off emissions that reduce the quality of the air and can end up diminishing health.
Not only is HDPE plastic customizable, impact and moisture resistant, power-washable, easy to maintain, but Scranton Products® HDPE plastic also provides an extensive collection of colors and textures to choose from for your next restroom or locker room project.
When we are talking about restroom partitions, opting to choose plastic shoes and brackets increases the overall sustainability of your system by allowing the recycling process to become more streamlined at end-of-use, allowing for easier disposal. Not only do they both retain the same benefits offered by solid plastic materials, but they can be recycled all at once instead of being separated.
HDPE plastic can be made from recycled material and helps improve the air quality. This is especially helpful for restrooms and locker rooms that are heavily used, and are very easy to clean, and of course will never rust. And because HDPE plastic is solid color throughout, it never requires paint, so VOC emissions are avoided.
Focusing on Student Athletes
It’s to no surprise that school sports are a major part of a lot of students’ lives. Where the sport starts and ends is often in a Scranton Products Tufftec Lockers are engravable so you can show your school pride with your mascot or team logo, too!
What’s even more important with branding and mascot is recruiting visits for potential future players that are going to be representing the team and school. A cohesive design throughout a locker room is necessary in order to establish team-wide communication for those specific mascot and colors for the team’s history, community, and culture.
Hopefully now you have a better understanding of today’s current design trends for restroom partitions and lockers. It’s a given that we are focused on sustainability and privacy options now more than ever and it’s up to us to implement these needs into current design trends.
When you’re in charge of a public or commercial bathroom, you want to be sure that it remains clean and free of any harmful bacteria. It’s especially important to keep bacteria in bathrooms at bayin order to create a sanitary space for its users.
But with all of the moisture and humidity in bathrooms, how can you prevent harmful bacteria growth, such as mold and mildew, on bathroom partitions?
You can have a clean, presentable, and sanitary bathroom thanks to the help of Scranton Products. Read on to learn how you can prevent bacteria growth on your bathroom partitions.
Choose a Bathroom Partition Material That’s Impermeable to Moisture
Moisture is one of the leading causes of bacterial growth and reproduction in public and commercial bathrooms. In fact, moisture is the catalyst for mold, mildew, and bacteria in bathrooms. However, if you select a partition material that repels moisture, you will have taken an important step to help reduce bacteria from growing on the surface.
This impermeable surface can be found through the use of HDPE plastic bathroom partitions such as Scranton Products’ Hiny Hiders, Eclipse Partitions and Aria Partitions which don’t allow for the growth of mold or mildew.
Build Your Bathroom Partitions with Material That’s Resistant to MRSA Bacteria
MRSA is a bacteria that causes hard-to-treat infections. Upon exposure, individuals may experience sores or blisters, while more severe cases can infect the bloodstream. Needless to say, it’s a type of bacteria that you want to keep out of your bathroom and off your bathroom partitions.
To easily prevent this bacterial growth, you need to build your bathroom partitions with naturally germ-resistant material, such as the HDPE Hiny Hiders. The naturally germ-resistant material kills 98.4% of MRSA bacteria on the surface of the partitions within 24 hours without cleaning. This is important for the health of the people using your bathrooms, especially if they put their hands on the bathroom partitions.
Make Sure That Your Bathroom Partitions Have Been Properly Tested to Repel Bacteria
When trying to prevent bacteria from growing on your bathroom partitions, make sure that the material you choose has been properly tested for this.
You don’t have to take our word for it when we say that the HDPE Hiny Hiders bathroom partitions are impermeable to moisture and naturally germ resistant. Scranton Products HDPE underwent a 28-day test by the American Society for Testing and Materials, during which time they didn’t experience any microbial growth, such as mold or mildew, as opposed to other bathroom partition materials. And the SiTU Biosciences Lab confirmed that HDPE material is germ resistant without the help of any cleaning supplies.
Bathrooms are breeding grounds for bacteria and germs, and you don’t want your bathroom partitions to be susceptible to them. The easy method for prevention would be to choose HDPE Hiny Hiders, Eclipse and Aria Partitions from Scranton Products which have been tested to prevent and be resistant to harmful bacteria in bathrooms, creating a more sanitary environment for your bathroom partitions.
Scranton Products’ Aria Partitions™ were awarded a 2018 Architectural Products Magazine “Product Innovation Award” (PIA), judged by a group of 16 industry professionals. The program annually honors innovation in the development and refinement of building-related products, while recognizing outstanding manufacturer new product introductions.
“Building on the success of last year’s program, our eighth edition of this award proves commercial building manufacturers are committed to, and are working arduously toward, delivering more sustainable products, as well as products that deliver better performance and affordability,” said Jim Crockett, editorial director, Architectural Products Magazine.
“We are very honored to have Aria among the innovations in this year’s PIA Awards,” said Rob Donlon, vice president of sales & marketing at Scranton Products. “The recognition emphasizes the overall quality and innovation of this product line. Our goal is to make Aria Partitions the industry standard for safety, comfort and stylish elegance in commercial restrooms nationwide.”
Designed with striking aesthetics and offering countless options for making every restroom a one-of-a-kind creation. The award highlights the beauty and privacy of a partition system that can be customized with 17 innovative door designs, 7 panel designs and 27 rich colors & textures to create aesthetics that rise well above traditional commercial restroom styles. In addition to reducing intrusive sightlines, the partitions’ continuous edge-mounted hinges eliminate the need for unsightly face-mounted hardware.
The 2018 Product Innovation Awards from Architectural Products will be announced in the publication’s November issue. To learn more about Scranton Products’ new Aria Partitions please visit scrantonprodu1.wpengine.com or call 800-445-5148.
Most of us take bathroom convenience and privacy for granted but people haven’t always had the level of bathroom luxury that we enjoy today. In ancient Roman and Asian societies, for example, bathing and toilet facilities were shared. For the poor and middle classes, these facilities left much to be desired. The wealthy enjoyed cleaner and more pleasant facilities but the bathroom experience was still communal. When the Roman Empire fell, the bathroom experience only got worse. Eventually, public facilities had to be closed down somewhere in the 16th century, blamed for widespread sickness.
It wasn’t until the end of the 16th century that the first flushing toilet was invented in England. It was installed in a separate room in the castle to allow the Queen of England privacy but, unfortunately, the toilet didn’t flush well and wasn’t a big hit with the queen.
During the Industrial Revolution, toilet enclosures were built for use on city streets to accommodate workforce needs in the big cities. Some public toilets went underground during the Victorian era as less space became available at street level. These facilities were held to a high standard by the local health boards and provided a higher level of privacy.
The bathroom evolved further during the Industrial Revolution and early 20th century. As more and more women shopped and worked out of the home, private retiring rooms with partitions were developed to accommodate their needs and afford additional privacy.
In 1904, Frank Lloyd Wright, the great American architect, and innovator came up with an innovative way to make it easier to keep toilet enclosures clean. While working on the design of the Larkin Building in Buffalo, NY, he designed the first ceiling hung toilet partitions as well as suspended toilet bowls and sinks.
Partitions Allow For Greater Privacy
It certainly has taken a while to evolve the concept of the modern restroom that allows for individual privacy and provides a pleasant and sanitary space. In the last century, toilet partitions have played an important role in ensuring bathroom privacy. Over time they too have evolved, starting with the first, basic partitions made of wood or powder-coated steel, to a range of partitions developed over the last 40 years, such as baked enamel, laminate, phenolic, and stainless steel. Unfortunately, these materials don’t stand up to the wear and tear of today’s public bathroom and present many disadvantages:
- They are prone to scratches and dents
- Graffiti is not easily removed
- They are susceptible to moisture and humidity
- The core materials can be a breeding place for mold and bacteria
- Maintenance issues outweigh any initial cost benefits
A more innovative approach to partitions has solved these problems while creating modern partitions that are extremely durable, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable.
Partitions for the 21st Century
Made from HDPE Plastic, Scranton Products restroom partitions offer a unique combination of sophisticated aesthetics, innovative design, superior privacy, and outstanding durability. A solid-core and non-porous surface make HDPE partitions highly resistant to moisture and humidity, therefore, these partitions never rust, corrode or need painting. They are resistant to mold and bacteria, resist dents and scratches, and graffiti easily wipes off.
Public restrooms have come a long way since the “communal experience.” Today, we expect public restrooms to provide a high degree of privacy, cleanliness, as well as high design. With its Aria Partitions®, Eclipse Partitions® and Hiny Hiders Partitions® product lines, Scranton Products offers a range of options that include sleek, modern design and the higher in privacy, making them the best choice for today’s public bathroom environments.
If you’re getting ready to start an intense remodel of your facility’s restrooms, you’ll want to utilize the best materials possible. This is especially true when it comes to choosing your toilet partitions and stalls. You don’t want to make any mistakes and choose the wrong material that will require a lot of upkeep—or, even worse, an early replacement.
HDPE plastic has risen in popularity, and it has become one of the most utilized materials with toilet partitions due to its durability and its longevity. HDPE partitions even come in a variety of styles that will easily go with your plans and design scheme for your facility’s restroom.
HDPE Plastic Partition Styles
Hiny Hiders® Partitions are sleek, well-constructed, and built to last. They come in a variety of design options and colors that can easily be configured for the aesthetics of the restroom. You can choose from an assortment of layout options, such as ceiling hung for a sleek and modern look, floor to ceiling for added privacy, or even floor-mounted-overhead braced for the classic look.
Eclipse Partitions® provide an innovative design that encompasses a contemporary appearance while ensuring enhanced privacy. These partitions come in 27 different color and texture designs to choose from to heighten the style of your remodeled restroom. They feature hidden hardware for a clean and sleek appearance while reducing the sightlines to provide increased privacy. These partitions are available in a variety of sizes that allow you to tailor the ideal aesthetics for your facility’s restroom.
Aria Partitions™ are the latest in toilet partition innovation, providing a sleek and modern look that will elevate the appearance of any bathroom. These innovative partitions deliver the highest level of privacy by eliminating any hints of sightlines and gaps. They’re available in 7 panel designs, 17 door designs, and 27 different color and texture options that will allow you to separate your facility’s restroom from all the others.
Advantages of Using HDPE Partitions
HDPE plastic is a solid and dependable material that can outlast most toilet partitions in a variety of ways. Its surface is resistant to scratches, dents, impacts, and even graffiti. HDPE partitions also offer a reduction in noise, providing a softer sound when being shut.
A common problem plagued by most toilet partitions is the absorption of moisture, which leads to mold growth. HDPE plastic partitions don’t absorb the moisture in restrooms, which prevents mold from sprouting and the pungent odor that follows. Due to its resistance to bacteria and mold, these partitions won’t need to be replaced like other materials.
Sustainable & Cost Effective
One of the key advantages to HDPE partitions is that they’re relatively low maintenance, and pay themselves off after just a few years. They don’t need to be repainted, nor do they require any repairs or adjustments with their screw retention. The plastic is also made from recycled material, making it sustainable and Greenguard Gold Certified. They’re even warranted for 25 years, so you won’t have to worry about finding a replacement for a long time. HDPE plastic partitions are sleek, innovative, sustainable, and private. If you’re planning on a renovation or remodel of your facility’s restrooms, you may want to consider utilizing this durable and reliable material to add some style, security, and innovation in your restrooms. Want to learn more about the best materials to use when remodeling your facility’s restrooms? Check out this free eBook, Choosing Bathroom Materials, from your friends at Scranton Products.
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