ADA & Architectural Signs
ADA signs can be printed on metal, or laser cut with plastic to label your spaces, and help customers find their way around your property. Certain rooms require tactile letters and braille to assist American with Disabilities (ADA), and if you fail to comply, you leave your business vulnerable to lawsuits and fines.
Which Rooms Need ADA Signs?
- Any permanent room requires compliant signage. Permanent rooms with fixtures that could not easily be moved (for example: kitchens, bathrooms, electrical rooms), label them by name rather than number. Permanent rooms that could change function by changing furniture can use room numbering or lettering, such as classrooms, exam rooms or offices.
- Rooms are temporary if their walls are not fastened to the ceiling or wall (even if they’re movable when unfastened.) Rooms that change function within 7 days after being set up do not require ADA signs.
- Life safety signs tell people how they can exit a building during an emergency or how they can get to safe areas of refuge. For example: exit doors, stairwell signs, fire route, floor designations, elevator restrictions (“in case of fire use stairs”) and more. Check your local building codes and fire department rules.
SIZE & FONT
- Case: Must be upper case.
- Style: Must be sans serif, and not italic, script, oblique, highly decorative or any other unusual form.
- Proportion: The font’s uppercase “O” is 55% minimum and 110% maximum of the height of the uppercase “I”.
- Height: Measured vertically from their base, characters should be a minimum of 5/8 inch (16 mm) and a maximum of two inches (51 mm) based on the height of an uppercase “I.”
- The most popular compliant fonts are Arial or Helvetica. But if those feel boring, our team can help design a great looking sign that still fits the requirements.
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Who Must Comply?
The ADA protects U.S. citizens with disabilities, so it’s important to avoid lawsuits and fines. Title II relates to state and local government services, while Title III highlights public accommodations and commercial facilities, for example:
- Health care centers
- Recreation venues
- Public transportation
- Social service centers
- And more…