Custom bathroom signs

Having your bathroom signs customized can be easily done as long as your favorite sign manufacturer has this specific capability. You can change the color, the font and the text on your signs, if you want to. You can even choose the materials you use for these signs as well as the size.

What some people may not realize however is that custom does not necessarily mean you can do whatever you want with your bathroom signs. Since these bathroom signs belong to a group of signs that are made for permanent rooms, meaning the rooms these are used on won’t be changing usage anytime soon, it is imperative that you do follow certain rules that are needed for these. Following the rules set by the ADA does not mean you cannot customize your signs, you still can.

When it comes to customizing signs for permanent rooms, what you can customize may be somewhat limited, since you do need to conform to ADA rules for such signage. This does not mean however that you will have to settle for signs that you do not like for your bathrooms since you need to stay within guidelines when customizing these. There are very adept sign designers out there who can create the kinds of restroom signs you want for your establishment while still managing to keep these within compliance rules.

What exactly are the compliance rules that you need to follow when it comes to your bathroom signs? Since these are signs that are considered permanent room signs, one of the rules that you need to comply with is the one regarding tactile letters and Braille. This rule also comes with a number of stipulations that include distance between letters, the type of Braille to use and many more. To familiarize yourself with these, here are some of the rules that pertain to this particular ADA stipulation for bathroom signs and other permanent room signs.

Tactile Letters and Braille Translations

When it comes to your signage, one of the things you need to remember when it comes to bathroom signs, and permanent room signs too, is that these need to have what are called tactile letters on them. Tactile is a term used for something that can be determined or read with the use of your fingertips. So this means that tactile letters are letters that you can read using the tips of your fingers.

For letters on your custom bathroom signs to be tactile, these have to be raised approximately .8 mm from the sign’s background. According to ADA rules, there has to be a specific character height, width, and character distance for these as well. Character height has to be at about 16mm to 51mm, depending on the signage size. Character width has to be between 55% and 110% of the height of these very same letters or numbers. The approximate distance between letters also has to follow ADA rules and these have to be at least 3mm apart from each other.

When it comes to Braille translations, your bathroom signs should always carry Type II Braille directly underneath the text or pictogram of your sign. Type II Braille is actually the contracted form and is ideal for use with signs since these shorten the combinations of dots into syllables and even whole words instead of individual letters. As with tactile letters, these also need to follow rules for height, distance between letters, distance between dots and distance between words.

Following these rules for your custom bathroom signs is a must, along with other ADA rules for such signs. And to answer the question as to whether these signs need to be ADA compliant, yes, they do.

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