ADA Complaint Signage for Business

ADA Signs 101

It’s important to understand that your signs need to follow certain regulations and guidelines set out by the ADA to ensure that all businesses and other establishments open to the public are properly outfitted to accommodate those with differences in ability. ADA signs can be stylish but must follow all requirements to avoid incurring any fines or penalties.

There are more than 7.6 million visually disabled people in the U.S. These individuals can have difficulty finding restrooms, offices, stairwells, and elevators in buildings without the proper signage. ADA signs are a legal requirement for every government, public, and commercial building. The Department of Justice has published regulations to be followed regarding accessibility standards. All newly constructed and renovated buildings must follow these standards. Those businesses that do not follow these standards can be fined or liable to a penalty.

These signs also make all visitors and guests feel welcome and safe. They help them find exits and direct them to find specific offices and rooms. These signs, especially custom braille signs, make it easier for the visually impaired to find their way safely around.

It’s important to know what the minimum requirements for ADA signs in Grand Rapids, MI, are:

Font: Sans Serif, no italics, non-decorative, with size ranging from ⅝ inches to two 2 inches. Letters must be uppercase and raised.

Spacing: The lettering, aka kerning, must be spaced at least ⅛ inch, in between the nearest part of two letters.

Placement: Compliant signs must be placed on the door’s latch side. If there are double doors, the signs should be either on the right-hand side or on the inactive part if there is one.

Mounting: The mounting heights range between 48 to 60 inches from the floor. Overhead signs must be placed 80 inches from the floor to ensure adequate space below.

Contrast, color, and finish: Non-glare backgrounds, with a distinct contrast between the letters and background. Colors can vary, and a dark font on a light background and vice versa are the norm. The signs can be made from various materials, with an optional requirement of 70% light reflective value (LRV). 

Get the Best Signage

If you want to get ADA-compliant signs installed in your building, contact us, and an ADA specialist will guide you through the process.

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