ADA Compliant Signs

We’ve talked about what ADA compliant signs need in terms of their composition and design. What materials can be used to create these and even what kinds of marking methods can be used in their creation. Let us now tackle the proper mounting and installation of these signs, which is also considered a part of the many rules that govern these signs.

For starters, these ADA signs need to be mounted in places where they will be of most use. As with the other rules stated regarding these signs, mounting and installation is subject to the kind of ADA signage you are putting up. For instance, if the sign you are mounting is a door sign, then it is but natural for you to hang this up by the door it is marking. If your sign is one that is made for overhead installation, then rules regarding mounting height and such need to be followed as well.

When it comes to mounting location and height, signs that have tactile elements on them need to be installed at a height that allows people to reach them with their fingertips since these tactile parts are to be read with the fingers. For door signs, these need to be mounted beside the doors these are to mark. Where exactly beside these doors is dependent on the door it is marking. As for the height, this is dependent on what your company wants, as long as it is within the guidelines of the ADA.

For mounting location, your ADA compliant door signage needs to be placed in an area that is deemed safe for people to stand in front of and read. This means that these signs need to be located in a spot where people reading them won’t get hit by an opening and closing door. For single doors, these signs should be mounted on the latch side wall beside it. If these are to be placed beside double doors, you need to first check if both doors are active or if only one is. For single active leaf doors, the sign should be mounted on the wall beside the inactive leaf. For doors with both leaves being used, the sign should be installed on the wall beside the door on the right.

Some people often think that these signs should never be mounted on the door itself, and in some aspects, this is the safest thing to do. There are some exceptions however, and this is for those doors that swing inwards instead of outwards. There are still some criteria that need to be followed in this situation. For one, the door in question should be one that closes automatically; it should also be a door that does not have a device on it which enables it to stay open. When you mount such a sign on this kind of a door, it should be located near the side where it is pushed to be opened.

For mounting height, signs that are mounted beside doors have a prescribed height that allows for the easy reading of such signs. The usual height that is mentioned is 60 inches from the floor to the middle of the sign however this is actually the maximum allowable height for such signage. You can actually mount such signs at a height of between 48 inches and 60 inches, with some people choosing to install these at a median of 54 inches from the floor to the middle of the sign.

For overhead signs, a height of 80 inches from the floor to the bottom of the sign is recommended. These signs should always have a clearance height ideal for where it is being used, with such signs being utilized in factories and manufacturing facilities being installed higher. These should also be installed in a location that won’t interfere with the proper functionality of sprinklers and fire detectors.

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