Custom Signs

If you have been tasked to have custom signs made for your company, you should be aware that ADA compliance is something you need to know about before you start designing your signs. Of course, not all signs need to have ADA features on them, but most people choose to have these features added in nonetheless. This is because non-compliance comes with rather hefty fines and most companies would rather have all signs carry ADA features rather than risk the possibility of non-compliance.

Most signs that you use in your facility for purposes of wayfinding actually need to have very specific ADA features on them. Some signs need to carry more features than others, with these including Braille translations, 70% color contrasts, and sans serif fonts. Other features that are also ADA compliance requirements include raised characters, and non-glare finishes.

You should also know that aside from these features, you will also need to mount these at the right location and height. The characters on your signs also need to be made in the right sizes according to where these are to be mounted – if a sign is to be mounted up high, a specific character size needs to be used for these. Also worth remembering is that pictogram placement, the spaces between characters, and even the spaces between the Braille dots on your signs, are specified on the rules made by the ADA.

Which signs need to be compliant with all these rules? Generally, all signs that are to be used in permanent spaces and rooms are required to be ADA compliant. This includes signs that are to be used on bathrooms, cubicles, office doors, and the like. The signs that require the most ADA features on them are those that are to be used on permanent room doors. These are offices that are not going to change usage anytime in the near future and facilities like bathrooms and kitchens.

Other signs like directories, directional signs, and such also need to have the kind of ADA features that will make these easy to read and understand. However, these do not need to have all the features that permanent room signs need. The most common features shared across the board by these signs are the color contrast and non-glare requirements.

So, what signs can be made without ADA compliance? Well, according to the rules, only signs that are considered temporary and are to be used only for 7 days or less, are the only signs that do not need to be compliant. This basically means that your signs do need to comply with ADA rules, unless if these are only temporary.

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