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December 11, 2019

Understanding the Requirements for ADA Signs

When designing signage for your business it is important that information can be understood by as many as people as possible.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) helps ensure that those with disabilities have access to the same opportunities as those without, which includes having the ability to easily navigate public spaces.  The rules and regulations that the ADA uses to enforce accessibility in public spaces can be confusing, so we’re providing the basics of what you should know about ADA signs.

Types of ADA Signs

There are four main classifications of ADA signs that affect what rules and regulations need to be followed:

  1. Identification – identify a specific area, room, or zone
  2. Informational – help people better understand a specific area, room, or zone, such as whose allowed to enter, without identifying what the space actually is
  3. Directional/Wayfinding – allow for easier navigation within and around these spaces by giving directions, often through arrows and text
  4. Overhead – are found attached to or located near the ceiling, at least 80 inches from the floor

Where Are ADA Signs Required?

ADA signs are required to help everyone safely and easily be able to go where they need to.  This means having signs at every entry, exit, restroom, stairwell, ramp, elevator, or lift.  Depending on the specifics of a building and its location, there may be other areas where ADA signs are required, such as at loading docks, by specialty machinery, or outside of dressing rooms.  In order to ensure that your signage meets ADA requirements, it’s best to partner with signage experts who can help you better understand the rules for a specific building.

Other Requirements for ADA Signs

There are very specific requirements for ADA signage. They need to be easy to read, which is dependent on the specifics of the sign’s placement and the building; this involves the sign’s size, spaces, lines, margins, and the characters’ thickness, case, depth, and proportions.  Most ADA signs also require the use of braille, which has its own set of rules.  Signs installed next to doors should be places on the latch side of the door, or on the right side for double doors, and should not be obstructed in any way.  ADA signs should also have a matte, non-glare finish and be “high contrast,” meaning that light characters should be placed in front of dark backgrounds, or vice versa.  Following every ADA rule for signage can be difficult; let us help make it easy.

East West Sign Group Creates ADA Compliant Signage

We are the experts in creating exterior and interior signage that perfectly matches your branding, whether you want signage that is more traditional or modern and digital. East West Sign Group knows all about exterior and interior sign design and installation, and we have worked with countless businesses to boost business with great signage. To learn more about how we can design the right sign for you, contact us today!

December 11, 2019