ADA Signage 101: What are ADA signs and why do they matter?

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.

 

ADA-compliant fire safety signage with custom color pictogram and braille.
ADA signs with a sleek outline and unique color accent.

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?

Custom-cut ADA sign with ornamental corners, unique pictogram and required braille components.
A laser-cut ADA sign in a custom shape.

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.

Translucent white sign with a clean, eye-catching design that meets ADA requirements.
A custom-designed ADA-compliant sign with unique graphics and a clean layout.

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!

Wholesale ADA Signs Customized for The Gorilla Glue Factory, Offices and Warehouse

ADA Signage for Warehouses

Wholesale ADA Signs Customized for The Gorilla Glue Factory, Offices and Warehouse!

ADA Signage for Warehouses
ADA Signs with Custom Cut Outs for Gorrilla Glue!

Signs PDQ and ADA Signs Wholesale are always glad to start a new ADA compliant sign project. We have to admit though, we have a lot of fun when we get to do something a little different from the usual day to day.

We got to do a project that was just a bit different just the other day. Have you ever heard of Gorilla Glue? Sure you have. It’s the glue in the orange bottle that has a Gorilla on it!

You’ve heard of the glue, you’ve used it, you know it’s good stuff and you know it’s made right here in the USA. But, did you know that Gorilla Glue is based in Cincinnati, Ohio? Don’t take my word for it, check out the virtual tour on their website.ADA Custom Signage for Glue Warehouse

“The Toughest Glue on Planet Earth”, that’s what we’ve always experienced, seen and heard, when it comes to Gorilla Glue products. We know their glue is mighty tough, but the folks at Gorilla Glue were certainly a joy to work with! Everyone we met was very professional and more than happy to go the extra mile to be certain to meet all of the ADA requirements for signage at their Cincinnati Headquarters. They follow ADA regulations to the letter, not only because it is required by law but, because they are committed to serving ALL of their customers, vendors, employees, visitors and anyone else that comes to their business.

When the folks at Gorilla Glue said, “We want a glue bottle on our ADA signs, but it’s most important that we are in compliance with the ADA?” we knew we were in good company. And why shouldn’t they have their flagship product on their ADA Signs? Their glue is their business! Their adhesives are on shelves in thousands of stores all over the USA and Canada. Their glue is how they have jobs, and how they were able to hire us. Naturally, we were glad to help them create the right design.

If you’ve got an ADA Sign project and you need custom made ADA compliant signs at wholesale prices, you should call ADA Signs Wholesale at 1-440-951-6651. Whether you need simple ADA signs, unusual ADA signs or signs that seem complicated, we can do it. Request a quote from us.

Custom Wholesale ADA Signs

Manufacturing Wholesale ADA Signs

Manufacturing Wholesale ADA Signs

See us Manufacturing Wholesale ADA Signs!

If you’d like to see how we go about manufacturing ADA Wholesale Signs, check out the Signs PDQ blog post for the story on assembling ADA Signs. Many companies outsource their ADA Sign jobs to us and we’re always grateful for the opportunity to work with them.

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Gender Neutral Signs and Laws

Gender neutral ADA restroom sign

Gender Neutral Signs and Laws

Gender neutral ADA restroom sign

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.

Did you know that March 1st, 2017 is the deadline for compliance with California Assembly Bill 1732. In case you’re not familiar with this bill, you can see the full text, here.

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?

Gender Neutral ADA sign deadline for California
See California State Assembly Bill 1732.

As of this date, Monday February 13, 2017, a search of the web shows us that several states and cities already have legislation in place for adding Gender Neutral Signage to single-user restroom facilities. Since your city or state could be next to enact a law, maybe it’s time to consider getting ahead of the order and getting your gender neutral signage in place, now.

Even if gender neutral single-user facility signage isn’t yet a requirement in your city or state, it’s still helpful to let visitors to your establishment know that the restroom in question is intended for use by all.

Below is a list of the states and cities (that we found) which already have gender neutral ADA sign requirements. If we’ve missed one, please let us know. We want this list to be as accurate as possible.

State of California:
Compliance Deadline: March 17th
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State of Massachusetts:
Compliance Deadline: January 1, 2017
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Denver, Colorado:
Compliance Deadline:May 1, 2018
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New York City, New York
Compliance Deadline: January 1, 2017
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Compliance Deadline: January 1, 2016
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Austin, Texas
Compliance Deadline: Complaint basis only
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Washington DC
Compliance Deadline: Has passed
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Seattle, Washington
Compliance Deadline: March 9, 2016.
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Construction Company ADA Sign Project

Building Directory for Construction Company Sign Project

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.
Adjustable Building Directory Sign
Editable Building Directory Sign by Signs PDQ and ADA Signs Wholesale.

The building directory sign for Waverly Apartments, needed to be informative, clear and attractive, but it also needed to be adjustable and resistant to smudges or damage. Additionally, the construction company wanted to plan ahead for changing room locations at a later time.  This meant they needed a sign that was adjustable, or could be “edited”.
Why would a building directory sign need to be adjustable, or edited? In the photo of the directory sign, S4 is clearly the Media Center. However, S4 may, or may not, always be the Media Center. If the building management someday chooses to move the Media Center, or change it’s name, they can simply order new parts for the affected rooms on the sign. If they didn’t have this type of sign, they would need an entirely new sign, whenever they needed to shift rooms.

Rather than purchasing an entirely new sign, if the Waverly changes their room layout, they will most likely only need to change pieces of the sign. The Waverly Apartments Directory Signs have been created to grow and change with the needs of the business.

If you’d like to see more of the sign types offered by ADA Signs Wholesale, we have quite a few! If you don’t see the sign type you want, by all means, just ask us! We design and manufacture virtually any type of sign you can imagine.

If you’d like to see more photos of the Mistick Construction/Waverly Apartments sign project, take a look on the project page over at Signs PDQ.

Got Questions about ADA Signage? We have answers. Let us give you a quote!

ADA Sign Building Article in Sign Builder Illustrated

ADA Signs Wholesale and Sign Builder Illustrated

ADA Signs Wholesale Featured in Sign Builder Illustrated

The Digital Guide article can be found on page 39 of Sign Builder Illustrated's February 2016 Issue
The Guided Path, page 39

This month (February 2016) we’re proud to announce that we’ve been featured in Sign Builder Illustrated Magazine. The Guided Path article by Mike Antoniak, featuring Signs PDQ and ADA Signs Wholesale Co-Founder, Donald O’Toole, can be found on page 39 of Sign Builder Illustrated’s February 2016 Issue.

The Guided Path article covers many aspects of the ADA Sign Project Process, including how sign shop owners can work with us to get their ADA Sign projects completed properly, on time, customized to match decor and within budget.

Check out the article here. If you’re a Sign Shop Owner, we’d love to show you how we can help you earn a profit on your next ADA Compliant Sign Project. Call us at 1-440-951-6651 or email us at quotes

[at] signspdq.com.

Mike Antoniak’s article also covers many of the considerations that should be addressed before embarking on an ADA Sign Project. ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ are committed to getting you the best TRUE wholesale prices, the best quality signs, while helping you understand the correct and compliant method of installation of all ADA signage.

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ADA Signs Wholesale – we offer experience.

wholesale ada signs

wholesale ada signs

ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ have been working together for over 20 years to bring our clients the best TRUE wholesale prices on custom ADA Signs.

Over the years, we have become experts on creating, customizing and installing ADA compliant signage.

Signs PDQ was, and still is, a full service sign shop based in Ohio. We’ve been providing all sorts of custom business signs, ranging from banners to building signs to electrical signs to Vehicle wraps and graphics to yard signs to traffic signs … and the list goes on and on, for many years! 

Naturally, a very important part of our sign product capabilities list is ADA Compliant Signage with Tactile and Braille. Why is ADA compliant signage so important? Federal, State and Local laws require all businesses to post ADA compliant signs, thanks to the The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal Law ensuring that those with special needs have proper access to public places and facilities. 

Initially, we didn’t manufacture our own ADA compliant signs at Signs PDQ. Like many sign shops, we reached out to wholesalers to cover the ADA sign portions of our sign projects. Unfortunately, we found that our sign shop would lose money on the ADA portion of our sign projects because the wholesale companies weren’t charging us true wholesale prices, even though we were buying large quantities of their signs. 

We understood the cost of creating signs and we understood that the ADA compliant signs had to have special features and meet specific requirements, but why couldn’t we get high quality custom compliant ADA signs at true wholesale prices? We were happy to take on projects requiring ADA compliant signs, but, since we couldn’t get true wholesale prices, Signs PDQ would sometimes have to forgo profits on certain portions of large sign projects. Like everyone else, we have bills to pay, too. We searched everywhere for a real ADA sign wholesale solution, but we didn’t have much luck.

Don and Brenda O’Toole, the owners of Signs PDQ, did what they always do when faced with a roadblock, they found a way through it. ADA Signs Wholesale was born. Don, Brenda and their team already knew a great deal about ADA Signage compliance, but they studied everything they could find about ADA rules and regulations. Additionally, they purchased and mastered the equipment needed to create custom ADA compliant signs.

Today ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ sells custom ADA and Braille business signage to Northeastern Ohio, including: Cuyahoga County, Lake County, Akron and Cleveland, Ohio… and to any business through the world.  Let us guide you through selecting and installing ADA compliant signage for your business.