When you order your signs from a sign manufacturer, you will find yourself being told that you can customize your signs to fit your needs. What you might not be aware of is that customization, or the creation of custom signs, has its limitations. There are some things that you can fully customize, but there are also parts that cannot be totally changed or made to fit what you dictate.

Custom signs are not really fully customizable in the sense that there are some features that you cannot mess with. For instance, if you want a specific font to be placed on your signs, you need to make sure that this is sans serif or else you cannot really put this on your sign if you want to stay within compliance. Going against what is dictated in the ADA for signs that are used by businesses can open your company up to penalties and fines, and even to people who look for opportunities to sue people just for money.

Customized signs need to adhere to the rules that are created by the government, and these rules are put in place to help everyone easily understand what is written on these signs. This is why even though your signs can be custom made to carry specific colors, designs, and even fonts, these still need to adhere to government standards for the sake of everyone. This is also why, even though signs are said to be customizable, there are limits to what you can customize on these.

So, what can you customize on your signs and what are these limitations? Here are some of them:

Color combinations – yes, you can choose to use the color combinations that are found on your company’s logo or name for your signs, but you have to tweak these combinations a bit to fit the contrast requirements set by the ADA. With a 70% contrast needed between the background and the characters of the sign, many think that they are stuck with the standard blue/white, and black/white combos that most signs come in. You can actually choose from a wide selection of color contrasts that are ideal for ADA signs, and you can ask a sign designer about these.

Fonts – as mentioned earlier, you can use almost any font that you want, provided that these are sans serif. Apart from the sans serif rule, your sign characters also need to be non-script and do not come in fancy forms. There are quite a few sans serif fonts to choose from, so you won’t really have to worry about not finding a suitable font for your custom signage.

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