ADA Compliant Signage

When you need signs for your business, you should be aware that some of these signs need to be ADA compliant. What should you look out for in trying to determine which of your signs should be ADA compliant signage? Is it a good idea to make all your signs compliant with all ADA rules to avoid making the mistake of putting up non-compliant signs?

In having signs made for your business, it is a good idea to do a bit of research regarding which signs need to follow rules for compliance. Some of the features certain signs need to have in order for these to adhere to the rules set by the government include having tactile characters, Braille translations, and proper color contrasts. Some other rules that need to be followed for these signs also include those that cover character height and width as per the sign mounting height, and the use of materials that are non-glare or non-reflective.

While there is a list of rules to be followed for these signs, not all of these are actually needed for every sign that you put up. Some of these signs need to have only a couple of these features, while the rest of these need to have all of the features mentioned above and more. So, how do you determine which ones need to have all the features that the ADA has mandated?

It is actually a very simple thing that you need to do. First off, you need to first determine where your signs are to be used. Ask the question of usage and location of usage for each sign in order to determine if these need to carry all the aforementioned features or if it only needs to carry a select few.

If the sign is to be used on a door that is used by a room that is considered to be a permanent room, or one that won’t change usage anytime soon (bathrooms and kitchens are part of this), then the signs that you use on these need to have all the features mentioned. If these signs are mounted up high, you won’t need these tactile features since these won’t serve any purpose due to the fact that these are way too high for people to reach.

The most common ADA rules that you will need to follow on all ADA compliant signage are those that cover the use of non-glare and non-reflective material, the use of proper color contrast (70 percent contrast between the background and the characters on the sign), and the right size characters as per mounting height. You will also need to follow rules for fonts used on such signs, which needs to be sans serif. If you are still unsure as to which signs do need to follow ADA rules, you can ask a compliance expert for help, or you can opt for these to be all made with ADA features.

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