Lockers are somewhat of a staple nowadays, whether that is at an educative establishment such as a school or university, a workplace or even a recreative establishment such as a gym or entertainment park. They can also be found in the public establishments (such as railway stations) of many countries. The purpose of a locker is to provide a temporary safe to store whatever personal values and the like within them. Generally, lockers (save for those found in public locations and which are temporarily rented out and occupied) tend to be provided to a single individual or group – for example, a student at a specific school, or an employee at a specific workplace.
The general lockers that come to mind are often the metallic variety. However, they are by no means the only type of locker found on the market today: there are many other materials being used. If you are planning on purchasing lockers, be they industrial lockers or not, here are some of the main types you can find on the market:
Metal lockers – as was mentioned above, lockers made from metal are the most popular variety of lockers, and generally the only type found in educative establishments such as schools and universities. These metallic lockers are sturdy enough, and easily redecorated, as they can be painted over repeatedly (which is why they are a popular choice for schools). However, that is not to say they are free from any demerits. In fact, the choice of metal for these lockers tends to be susceptible to denting, and left in moist environments, it can easily rust if the necessary precautions are not taken. As such, the maintenance of these lockers can be somewhat difficult, and they are a poor choice of selection if you cannot tend to them periodically. Not to add, the clinking of metals every time these lockers are opened and closed can become somewhat grating on the ears.
Wooden lockers – posing as a direct contrast to their metallic counterparts, wooden lockers most certainly represent the word ‘rustic’. They have been the choice material for centuries, and still continue to be used today. It should be mentioned, however, that wooden lockers do not rank high in terms of durability – without the proper treatment, they can quickly rot or decay. Despite this, at settings such as inns, hotels or other recreative locations, they can significantly increase the aesthetic appeal of the area.
Phenolic plastic lockers – somewhat similar to the metallic lockers, these lockers surprisingly provide a better durability than metal, and are also comparatively easier to clean and maintain. The only issue that plagues this variety is the issue mould growth, which can take place when the inner kraft paper core is compromised.