ADA signs

Establishments that are subject to ADA guidelines need to install ADA signs where these are needed. If you are the owner of a business or building that is required to follow these guidelines, you know that to get these signs, you simply contact a sign manufacturer to create your signs for you, and voila! You now have the ADA compliant signs you need.

As easy as this may seem to be for you (since you do not have to create the sign yourself), don’t you ever wonder what goes into the creation of these signs? Did you ever ask yourself how much work goes into the manufacturing of such items? Here is some insight on how these signs are designed and how these are made:

-      Before any sign is manufactured, first, it has to be designed. The designs for such items will greatly depend on the specifications of the buyer, but should still be within ADA guidelines for ADA compliant signs. In short, a buyer can choose any material (as long as it is non-glare or matte), color contrast (provided that this has the 70% contrast ratio required for ADA signs), font (which is also ADA guideline dependent) and sign size. Also included in the considerations are letter and Braille size, type style (no italics or fancy text) and width to height ratios of the letters of your sign text.

-      The next things that need to be considered when ADA signs are put together are the elements to be used on the sign. Included here are the selection of the base plate, the use of tactile lettering, the addition of grade 2 Braille and the pictogram that is to be used with the kind of sign to be manufactured.

-      Once the design elements are in place, the sign is then crafted with the use of either a rotary engraver or a laser engraver. The size of the sign is first taken care of, with the base plate and the appliqué being cut to the specified sign size. The engraver then takes care to work in the tactile letters and pictograms for the sign.

-      The next step is the creation of Braille on these signs. Braille can be made a few different ways too, with the most popular being the raster dot application. Once the Braille translation of the sign is added, you now have the ADA sign that you ordered for your business.