ADA signage is present in just about every public building in the US. We spend our whole lives surrounded by it in schools, churches, airports, doctor’s offices, restaurants– you name it. Most of us never really give it much thought. It simply exists, telling us where to go in a new place.
Why are ADA signs important?
The passage of the laws outlined in the ADA make sure that public spaces, above all, are safe and accessible for those with disabilities. Before these laws were passed in 1990, no comprehensive laws existed to protect the rights and comfort of Americans with disabilities.
The ADA’s most recent revision in 2010 is a 200+ page document going into great detail about requirements for buildings. Most notably, it explains the way ADA-compliant signs are supposed to look.
These details help readers understand how to make public spaces accessible. Both visual and physical accessibility are crucial to ensure that the estimated 3.4 million Americans with vision impairment can safely find their way.
Do all ADA signs have to look exactly the same?
The guidelines in the 2010 revision of the ADA Standards document give information about accessible, compliant sign design. However, its rules may seem a little strict and visually limiting.
What if your building has its own set of design standards? What can be done to make the ADA signage fit in with the general design concept of the building’s other signage?
ADA signage is required by law, but it doesn’t have to be boring.
The font used on your signs can’t be too ornamental. They must be a certain size and a certain distance away from other visual elements. ADA guidelines only permit certain colors and materials. For example, signs can’t have a glossy, reflective finish– only nonglare, matte materials can be used.
There are lots of design requirements for ADA signage, but you don’t have to sacrifice your company’s design standards to meet them.
Every sign we create is custom-built. Our talented designers are ADA experts so you don’t have to be. Most importantly, we work one-on-one with customers to ensure that the wholesale signs we make fit your vision and your budget.
You can meet the sign requirements and still be unique.
We can match any paint color with our cutting-edge paint color technology. Precision laser-cutting and a massive variety of sign materials and colors help us make sure your signs look good. Finally, our wholesale pricing allows you to make sure signs don’t break the bank.
Contact us today for a free quote on your wholesale ADA signs. We share a common goal with our customers: to make signs that look great and get people where they need to go.
We’ll be happy to talk you through the process and make sure your signs look great and pass inspections!
Gender Neutral Signs and Laws
ADA Signs Wholesale makes a very special point of keeping up with ADA regulations and proposed regulations. Gender Neutral ADA compliant signage is part of our business.
In the meantime, here’s a direct quote from the California bill:
Requires all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or state or local government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities, and designated for use by no more than one occupant at a time or for family or assisted use, beginning March 1, 2017.
Additionally, did you know that several cities and states already have similar bills in place, or are considering adding the laws?
Apartment Construction ADA Sign Project
When an Apartment building is remodeled, there’s always a need for ADA compliant signage. We recently worked alongside Signs PDQ, our sister company, on the Waverly Apartments project with Mistick Construction .
Mistick Construction’s revamp of The Waverly Apartments required ADA compliant room signs, wayfinding signs, building directory signs and even an exterior Monument Sign. The goal with any sign project is always to make the client happy. For this project, and this client, that meant:
- Meeting all ADA requirements, to be sure the building would be in compliance.
- Creating clear signage that would easily guide all visitors to, and through, the building.
- Meeting the client’s aesthetic needs. Matching colors and matching materials)
- Providing the finished product on schedule.
- Offering the finished signs at a price that worked with the budget.