Different Types of Signs

We mentioned in an earlier post that not all signs need to be compliant with ADA standards. This is because the different features that various signs use do not really apply to a number of sign types. For instance, signs that are posted in a location that is beyond the reach of human hands, like overhead signs and those that are mounted high on walls, are not required to carry tactile features. Having these tactile features on these signs will be essentially useless since nobody can reach that high to read these features anyway.

The absence of certain features on some ADA signs is due to the fact that these do not really need such features on them. Just as the presence of such features on signs indicate that these are required on these. In order for you to be in compliance with the rules set by the government for these signs, you need to ensure that specific signs do have all the features needed on these for compliance needs.

When you need to create different kinds of signs for your business, for you to know which need to be compliant and which do not, you should first categorize these according to usage. The most common categorization you can use is dividing these into permanent room signs, and non-permanent room signs. Sure, you will also have signs that are not used for permanent rooms, like stairwell signs and the like, but since these stairwells are considered permanent spaces, you can clump these together with permanent room signs.

You will also need directional signs, directories, and miscellaneous signs, like no entry, exit, and informative signs, like no smoking, no loitering, and the like. Some of these need to carry a number of ADA signage features, such as the non-glare and non-reflective features, on them. If you are unsure which ones should have these, you can opt to have all your business signs crafted using non-glare and non-gloss materials, or you can ask a sign designer who is a compliance expert to help you with your signage designs.

In the end, the reasons for you having signs that are compliant and others that are not required to be are essentially because some need to be, and some don’t. The only way you can really be sure if you are not in violation of ADA rules is to have a compliance expert inform you of what needs to be done, or you can do your own research into ADA signs yourself.

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