Engraved Office Signs

Probably one of the things that people ask when it comes to the customization of their engraved office signs is what do they need to do to keep these compliant? Customizing your signs may open you up to the possibility of non-compliance, if you do not know what rules need to be followed for these, or if your sign manufacturer does not apprise you of such rules. For you to be able to avoid non-compliance issues and penalties, you need to know which signs need to follow the strict rules of the ADA, even though these can be customized.

Engraved office signs include signs that tell you which direction to take, what offices can be found in what rooms, what a door is supposed to lead to and where elevators, as well as stairs, can be found. These signs can also tell you what to do and what not to do, where exits can be found and a whole lot more. There are many different kinds of signs under this particular category, and these many different signs are subject to follow different sets of rules set by the ADA.

More often than not, indoor signs (which are what most engraved office signs are) need to be ADA compliant, which generally makes them ADA signs. There are a number of ADA signage rules that you need to follow, and different types of signs have different kinds of rules. For example, a sign that is used on your bathroom needs to follow a long list of ADA rules that include correct character sizes as per mounting height, non-glare finish, tactile characters, color contrasts, fonts used, and mounting heights, to name but a few. Directories only need to follow rules for fonts used, character sizes as per mounting height, color contrasts and non-glare finish.

In customizing your engraved office signs, you will need to first assess and determine what kind of sign a particular signage is. Is it a permanent room sign? Is it a directional sign? Will it be used to mark rooms that won’t change usage anytime in the near future or will that particular room be used for many different things? The answers to your questions will help you customize your signage without having to worry about being non-compliant since these answers will tell you what ADA rules these signs need to follow.

Some people, in order to avoid the penalties and repercussions that come with not complying with the standards set by the ADA for signage, often resort to having all their signs made into ADA signs complete with Braille translations, tactile characters, correct color contrasts and non-glare finish. This is not a bad idea, and often leads to signs being cohesive all around. This is not necessary however, especially if the signs are out of the reach of human hands (this in the case of tactile letters and Braille).

In order for you to ensure that engraved office signs needing ADA compliance do follow the rules that are set for the kinds of signs that they are, you should ask the help of a compliance expert, or a sign designer who knows a lot about ADA signage and the rules that cover them. This will help you have signs that are not only customized to your taste, but also compliant to boot. You get what you want, and you are still complying with rules set by the government for such signs at the same time. 

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