Custom ADA Compliant Sign Considerations

Most businesses these days find ways to make their signs stand out from the rest. Even when ADA compliance is required, they still try to find a way to make these compliant while at the same time designed to be in tune with their aesthetic design ideas. The need to have rather good looking signs while still keeping them in line with the laws for accessibility has seen a rise in recent years. This is due to the latest technology in sign making that allows sign makers to create aesthetically pleasing sign designs that are still considered ADA compliant signs.

When customizing your signs for your business, and with ADA considerations needing to be addressed, there are some things you need to remember. This task can be somewhat challenging and you might find yourself missing a few important factors that need to be included in your sign designs for these to be compliant. You need to remember what these design considerations are, when it comes to ADA signs, and you need to be able to work these into your customized signs effectively.

In order to design custom ADA compliant signs that have the kind of look you want it to have, you first need to know what each sign is for. Will these be used to mark permanent spaces? Are these to be used to direct people to where they need to go? Are these used to help people find the emergency exits and life saving devices they need for certain occurrences? Knowing what your signs are for and where these are to be used will help you determine what ADA features need to be added to them. To help you understand what some of these are, here are some of the ADA signs that are more commonly customized by businesses everywhere:

Office Door Signs – these are used to show people either the room name or room number, depending on what the business prefers to use. Since these are used to mark permanent spaces, or rooms that are considered to not change usage anytime soon, these need to carry most of the elements needed for ADA compliance. These include tactile letter and Braille translations, the right sans serif fonts, the right color contrasts and the right character sizing. Of course, you will also need to keep in mind the proper mounting height, mounting location of the sign and other such concerns.

Directional Signs – these are also found in many office buildings and places where people gather. Such signs are used to show people which direction to take when they need to get somewhere, hence the term “directional signs”. These are usually hung overhead, or posted at heights that people cannot reach with their hands, hence these signs do not need to carry some of the ADA elements that are used with permanent room signs. These need to have the right color contrasts however, to enable people with visual impairments to easily distinguish the copy from the background easily. These signs also need to have the right sized characters as per its mounting height and reading distance, to also make reading what is on it easy.

Bathroom Signs – also considered a permanent room sign, bathroom signs need to comply with all the ADA rules set for signage. These include the same guidelines we mentioned earlier for office door signs. If these signs are to be used in California, a few more rules need to be followed for compliance. Included in these additional rules are the use of a secondary sign as well as the designated sign shapes for men’s, women’s and unisex bathrooms.

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