Sign DesignerHow can you tell if your building or establishment is in need of ADA compliant signs? Are these signs important and needed by your business? If it is, do you need to make sure that all your signs are made following the standards set by the ADA?

If you are having a tough time figuring out whether or not a sign that is going on your office door or on a door leading to a flight of stairs should be compliant with ADA rules, you may need to educate yourself in terms of ADA signage usage and where these are ideally used. Contrary to popular belief, not all of the signs you will be using in your building or establishment need to be ADA compliant, although a fair number of these have to be. So, how do you determine whether or not a particular sign should be following the rules set by the government for these?

First off, you need to know what kind of a door or area the sign is to be used on. There are many different kinds of signs that the ADA has rules for, and these different kinds of signs follow different kinds of rules. Signs like directories, directional signs, bathroom signs, office signs, and the like all have different kinds of rules to follow, and you may need to know what these are in order to have all of these designed and made the right way.

The one sign type that you need to have made with the most ADA features is the one that is used to mark what is called a permanent room door. Permanent room signs are those that mark the doors of rooms or areas that are not likely to change usage anytime in the near future. Examples of such doors include those that lead to bathrooms, kitchens, closets, stairwells, and exits.

The features these ADA signs should carry include tactile characters, braille translations, non-gloss finishes, proper color contrasts, and sans serif fonts. These should also be mounted at the right height, which is reachable by hand to facilitate easy reading by the sense of touch. These also need to be mounted beside the door on the doorknob side of this, and at a distance that is safe enough for a person to stand in front of.

Also worth noting is that, as mentioned earlier, not all of your signs need to be compliant with ADA rules, although only a few are actually allowed such a liberty. Signs that do not need to follow these rules include those that are posted temporarily, and those that are posted overhead only need to adhere to a few of these rules. If you are still unsure about which signs you need to have crafted with compliance rules being followed, you should consult with a sign designer that knows or a compliance specialist in your area.

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