Restroom Signs

Restroom signs, just like any other sign that you have customized for your office or business, can be customized. These can carry the colors and fonts that you want these to have, but you need to realize that these need to stay within the boundaries of the regulations set for signage. In short, when you customize your signs, be these restroom signs or otherwise, these all need to be made with the ADA in mind.

What are the rules that need to be followed when you make these signs? What are the customization limitations that you need to follow when customizing signage? Why are restroom signs required to follow these rules along with other signs that are also customizable?

Restroom signs are required to follow the same rules as other signs used in establishments primarily because these are still signs that people use to help find a room or a facility. These signs need to follow ADA rules to make these easy to read by everyone. The customization limitations set for these signs are basically what you cannot do to signs in order to keep these from becoming difficult to read.

What limitations are these? For starters, the fonts that you can use on ADA signs need to be those that are considered sans serif. This is to make these signs both easy to read from a distance, and to make these easy to read with the use of your fingertips as well. Using fonts that are not sans serif usually makes the letters and numbers on these signs confusing since the extra strokes found in other fonts make the letters seem like other letters.

Apart from the use of sans serif fonts, restroom signs and other ADA signs need to have a 70% color contrast between the characters and the background. This is to help make the wording on the sign easy to distinguish from the background. Some signs in the past used to have lower contrast percentages, which made the characters seem to blend into the background, making these difficult to read. This is why the higher contrast percentage is required.

Also worth mentioning is the use of materials that do not have a glossy or glaring finish. This means that when you have your bathroom signs made, you need to use materials that have a non-gloss, non-glare, and matte finish to it. The reason for the use of such finishes on your sign materials is to prevent light from reflecting off the surface of the sign, which can make such signage difficult to read as well.

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