Business Signs

When you are having business signs customized, you should know that not everything you want to put on these signs can be done. It is not because your manufacturer is incapable of doing what you want. It is because there are rules that need to be followed, and the adherence to these rules are for your sake and not your manufacturers.

What are these rules, you may ask? And what customization options do you have with these restrictions in place? For starters, the rules that govern the making of signs for your business are found in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. These rules are found in chapter 7 of the said set of regulations, under communication elements and features. The rules in the ADA guidelines may seem a bit confusing to some, but if you ask your sign designer about these, they know exactly what is needed and what you cannot add to your signs.

You will notice that the guidelines found in the ADA Standards page for signs mentions the many features signs need to have in order for these to be considered compliant. These include the need for raised characters, braille, sans serif fonts, and finish as well as contrast regulations. While there are no details as to the contrast percentages between the background and the characters of the sign, your sign designer can easily tell you that the mandated contrast limit is at 70%.

Other things you can customize but with limitations include the fonts that you can use. It has been mentioned that you can only use sans serif fonts for your signs. This is to ensure that there is no confusion on what is being seen on your sign since the lack of an additional artistic stroke on the letters makes these simple enough to read correctly. You are not restricted from choosing the kind of sans serif font you choose to use however, and there are quite a few for you to choose from.

You can also choose what material to use with these signs, although more often than not, people go with plastic. This is because you can get your signs made into various color combinations that are also considered compliant. This is also because plastic is versatile, cost-effective, and easier to mount that other heavier materials.

As for mounting, there are also rules that need to be followed for this. For signs that are to mark doors, these need to be mounted on the doorknob side of the door. These should also be mounted around 45 to 60 inches from the ground to the middle of the sign. In order for you to find out more about these rules, and what you can and cannot do with your custom business signs, consulting with a sign designer that specializes in ADA compliant signs is a good idea.

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