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!

Granite Backed ADA Signs

Granite ADA Signs Wholesale

Granite ADA Signs WholesaleGranite ADA Signs are a beautifully elegant way to display required ADA signage. Not only are granite signs a professional approach when used at your your business, but they are durable. Granite resists most abrasion, resists weathering, is easily polished, and can make a simple hallway look beautiful.

While granite is often used for signs outdoors, it is also beautiful inside your business. Homeowners and business owners love granite for it’s glossy finish and nearly invincible properties, so it often makes your customers feel right at home! Granite signs make for a sophisticated, dramatic design, perfect for expressing the importance of your business.

Take a look at our ADA Sign Types to see how you might want to use granite on your ADA Signs! Granite is affordable when you buy from ADA Signs Wholesale!

Call ADA Signs Wholesale today to find out more about custom Granite ADA Signs. 1.440.951.6651

Request a Quote on Granite ADA Signs!

Evacuation Signs by ADA Signs Wholesale

Evacuation Signs by ADA Signs Wholesale

Evacuation Signs are often included in the ADA Sign specs given to sign shops or building managers by the architect. Sometimes when the evacuation sign specs are received, the sign shop or the building manager, or whoever else may be in charge isn’t quite sure what to do with those evacuation sign drawings. We can help, and we can include it in the wholesale ADA Sign order!

Naturally, we all realize that the evacuation signs are very important. As of this writing (Thursday May 25th, 2017), ff you visit OSHA’s website you will see their guidelines for evacuation procedures. Additionally, Osha’s website has a page with an example evacuation map. If you would like to see the text from the Occupational Safety and Health Standards that pertains to evacuation,  It is currently available here, and it is in this section: 1910.38(c).

Besides OSHA insisting that you have evacuation routes posted, and an evacuation plan in place, don’t you want visitors and employees to easily and safely leave your building in an emergency? The Evacuation Map is clearly not a sign you can afford to skip. So don’t!

Evacuation Signs by ADA Signs Wholesale

What to do with those Evacuation Route specs often included in your ADA sign specs from your architect?  A few things:

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Evacuation route signs could save your business from a large number of terrible outcomes, if they are easily visible and properly placed.
Your ADA Signage throughout your business, has a uniform look. People notice the ADA Signage, even if that individual has no obvious need for the ADA features of the sign. ADA Signs stand out and scream, “Look at me! I’m official!” This is the same message your evacuation route signs should send.

In an emergency, the evacuation route signage, the ADA Signage and the Exit signs must be clear.

ADA Signs Wholesale is already covering your ADA Signs, so why not add on your evacuation signs, as well? The only other option is to pay full price for them elsewhere. Skipping the evacuation route signage is never an option.

Wholesale ADA Signs in Custom Colors

ADA Signs Wholesale Does Color Matching

Wholesale ADA Signs

ADA Signs Wholesale  offers all types of ADA Signs in custom colors. Whatever color you need, we can match it.  See a style in this video that you like? Call us and let’s talk about how we can design a similar sign to meet your needs. Don’t see an ADA Sign that  you like in the video? Talk to us anyway, what do you have to lose? Don’t pay full price for your next ADA Sign project. Outsource that sign project to us!

Also, have a look at our YouTube channel to see more ADA Sign styles.

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

Color Matching Business Signs

Color match your business sign

Perfect Color Matching on ADA Wholesale Signs

Color matching is crucial when you’re buying ADA signs (or any signage) for an entire building. If you have seven floors in your building. those floors may contain:

  • color coordinated hallways on each floor.
  • separate office groups on each floor that were created with varying decor
  • employee areas that are decorated very simply
  • …and too many other possibilities to list here!

There are numerous ADA sign possibilities and variations in any building, whether the building has 7 floors, 47 floors or only 1 floor. If you’re in charge of coordinating custom ADA compliant signs for an office building, hospital, school, church or any other kind of building, you should reach out to ADA Signs Wholesale today.

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Sometimes, just the thought of color matching all of those ADA signs, finding their requirements and discovering their options, can be a bit nerve wracking. Fortunately, taking the confusion out of ADA signs and color matching is where we excel! Call us.

To choose a color check out the Rowmark color chart titled ADA Alternative.

If your customer can’t find the desired color, supply us with a PMS color number or a Sherwin Williams number or other paint supplier’s reference number.  Signs PDQ will back paint the signs to match!  There is no place better

than ADA Signs Wholesale to get the best color match on your company’s signs.

As always, we’ll work with you to be ADA compliant and have attractive, high quality, color matched signage throughout your facility.

Call ADA Signs Wholesale today 1.440.951.6651 or click here to get a quote!

SignPro Systems Sign Photography Contest

SignPro Systems Sign Photography Contest

We love Signpro Framing Systems, and guess what!  Signs PDQ, the parent company of ADA Signs Wholesale, is pleased to announce that we won second place in their photography contest!

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SignPro Systems – ADA Slider Conference Room Signage.

Our ADA Sign photo entry in the contest was this photo showing two different conference room identification signs.

These curved frame metal signs feature ADA Compliant Braille lettering as well as sliders to give indication of whether a conference room is “in use” or “vacant”

Why use SignPro Systems?

There are numerous reasons to choose this sign framing system. Let’s take a look at the most obvious reasons to choose these sign frame systems.

Choices

The SignPro framing system offers many different styles, materials and features for their frame systems. No matter what look you want, we can find a perfect style for your building. Your choices are NOT limited.

Easy to Update

Updating signs that are part of a framing system is relatively simple. Just remove the insert on the front and add a new insert in its place.

We reccomend SignPro frames when a client is looking for something different and stylish. These frames are particularly helpful when the building manager knows that the common use of certain rooms could change down the road.  For instance, if a “Conference Room” may later be changed to a “Training Room”, a sign frame system is the perfect choice.

When a name change for a room is required, it’s an easy fix. Keep the current sign frame and simply switch out the removable insert on the front of the sign frame. The new sign frame insert can indicate the new name for the room. Later, if the training room again becomes a conference room, merely switch the sign again! Frame systems allows you to switch out sign inserts with ease.

SignPro Systems allow more customization for clients requests and are easy to produce and update. As always, ADA Signs Wholesale is fully prepared to be your ADA signage partner.

Color Match ADA Signs

A Color Match Tip From ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ!

Do you need to match the color of existing ADA Signs in your business?

You have a customer who needs a few ADA signs to match the existing signs. Can you accomplish this? YES!

Although matching existing ADA/ Braille signs can be tricky, following a few steps can simplify the process.

Match Colors of Existing ADA Signs, or Match Signs To Your Decor.

We Can Match Colors of Existing ADA Signs, or Match Signs To Your Decor.

How To Color Match Existing ADA Signs.

1.) Try to get your hands on a sign you want to match. If we can see an example of the sign in person, we can insure that the color, size and style are exact.

2.)  If you cannot bring the sign (or send the sign) to us, be prepared to take several pictures. Naturally a picture straight on is a must but a picture capturing the depth of the sign is also important. This picture will show us the layers of the signs. The more information we have about your sign, the more likely we are to match your ADA sign perfectly to your existing signs and/or your building decor.

3.)  Color:  By looking on line at Rowmark.com you can see the wide material types and colors that are available.  Signs PDQ is also happy to mail you a catalogue. Can’t find the color on the Rowmark chart? No worries …you can match the color to a Sherwin Williams or Matthews Paint sample book.  We can determine if the signs are back painted and we will match the exact color you choose.

4.)  Fonts:  As you know, matching the font, as well as the size of it, is very important. The picture you email us will tell the story! 

5.)  Braille Beads:  It’s also important to match the color of the braille beads used on the sign.  More often than not they are clear. 

We Love our Clients, And They Love Us.

When you order wholesale ADA signs for your client, you expect high quality signs that meet the ADA requirements and your clients specifications. 

Have a look at what some of our clients are saying about ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ.

ADA Compliant Signs Wholesale prices

Begin a Wholesale ADA Project with Signs PDQ

ADA Signs Wholesale

Your sign company offers a wide variety of products.  When it comes to ADA signage you may be a bit hesitant to bid on that larger project.  Looking at the plans/specs can be overwhelming.  To begin, get an overview of signage needed by taking note of  sign types, materials and quantities. It is important to count each sign type accurately.

This may include: room identification signs, restroom signs, fire escapes, pictograms, wayfinding directional signage, and evacuation signs.  If sign quantities are in question it’s better to error on the high side. Once the signage quantities are in place it’s time to get your estimate. At Signs PDQ we are happy to help you with the process.  If there is a question we’ll assist in getting you the answer…contact us!

ADA/Braille Signs Become Part of Your Product Line

Digital Images and Color Matching on Signs.

ADA Braille Signs Become Part of Your Product Line

Digital Images and Color Matching on Signs.
Digital Images and Color Matching are Available on Wholesale ADA Signs.

New construction or renovation of buildings typically require ADA Braille signs in order to open. Medical facilities, hotels, schools and state owned facilities require braille engraved room signage, stairway identification, fire escapes and wayfinding signage.

Typically, there is a general contractor or project manager gathering bids for the project.  The ideal next step is to submit a bid for signage.  In order to accomplish this you’ll need to connect with general contractors/project managers before the submittal date.You may ask…How do I find out about future bid dates?

The Blue Book is an excellent resource for gathering vital information. It lists general contractors and their contact info.  Signs PDQ is a member of  The Builder’s Exchange, one of several groups that provides vital information.   Connecting with these decision makers and beginning that relationship is key. The estimator of the project is a good contact person.

Ask questions! Develop relationships! Soon you will find yourself the person they ask questions of and you can find yourself receiving bids, specs and plans. Relationships you build are key for future success.