Interior Signs

One of the types of signs that most businesses need is the indoor sign. Interior signs come in many shapes and sizes, and are classified according to their usage. Whether or not these should follow ADA rules usually depend on their usage, with some needing to follow more ADA guidelines than others. To help you familiarize yourself with these different sign types and the rules that these should follow, here are some of the interior signs that most businesses need and use:

-      Permanent Room Signs – these are signs that are used on rooms or spaces that won’t change their usage anytime soon. Some of these have equipment in them that cannot be moved, like bathrooms and kitchens, while others are constructed for a particular use, like conference rooms and audio/visual rooms. When a room is considered a permanent room, the signs that are used on these need to follow a number of signage rules.

 Some of these include tactile letters, Braille translations and proper color contrasts. Also necessary for these signs are proper placement and mounting, as well as the right finish and spacing of characters and pictograms. All of these rules for ADA signage can be found in the ADAAG and should be followed to-a-T in order for businesses to avoid penalties and fines that come with non-compliance.

 -      Overhead Signs – these are signs that, as the name implies, hangs overhead. These can tell you what direction to take for certain facilities, where emergency phones or exits can be found and other information. Since these cannot be reached by human hands, it is then pointless for these to have tactile letters and Braille translations on them.

 These signs however are subject to the rules that require it to have the right sized letters for people to easily read them from certain distances. This means that these signs need to follow character to reading distance ratios that the ADA has also set. Color contrasts and material finish required by the ADA also need to be followed by such signage.