People have signs customized all the time. Be it a room sign, a directional sign or a company name sign, customization is often an option used by businesses who want their signs to be unique. This then brings up the question, should custom signs be ADA compliant?

When you need to have custom signs crafted, you should know which ones need to be ADA compliant and which ones need not follow ADA standards. There are a number of signs that do need to follow compliance rules such as the use of tactile letters, 70% contrast and the addition of Braille. There are, however, a few signs that do not need to have these features added to them.

Some of the signs that need not follow ADA compliance regulations include signs that are temporary and signs that are to be used in areas that are not accessible by people with disabilities. Name signs for directories and name signs that carry the current room occupant’s name are also exempt from having to follow ADA specifications for font, contrast and Braille.

Almost all other signs that are needed by establishments have to have certain ADA guidelines followed in order for these to be compliant. Custom signs for permanent room designation, for information and direction all need to comply with the standards set by the government for compliance. This means that most of your signs need to have the right contrast, character height, fonts and materials used on them.

While some people do not like the limitations that are set by the ADA for custom signs, others don’t let it faze them. The main concern some people have with custom signs is the rather limited number of the types of fonts they can use for their signs. This can be worked around with the use of double signs. Double signs can allow establishments to have a fashionable sign made in the way that they want with another one carrying the same information, only this time in ADA compliant letters and colors. This way, they get to stay compliant without having to do away with the kind of artistic sign they want.