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!

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.

Why Braille Signage is Required

Learn How ADA Signage Assists the Blind and the Visually Impaired
Braille Signage. An example of correct placement of an ADA Sign.
An example of correct placement of ADA Braille Signage. Taken from the www.ada.gov website. “2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design”

Braille signage is in all public places. We see it everywhere, we know there are laws requiring that ADA Signage that is posted, but do you ever think about why its there and why there are so many regulations surrounding the placement of ADA Compliant Braille Signs? 

Here at ADA Signs Wholesale, we recently became aware of a video by YouTuber Tommy Edison called How Blind People Find Braille Signs

that we think does a great job of explaining how important Braille is to the blind. In fact,  How Blind People Find Braille Signs is not his only video. TommyEdisonXP has made many useful and interesting videos about what it’s like to live with blindness.

ADA Signs Wholesale Braille SignsOne thing we love about  How Blind People Find Braille Signs is that Mr. Edison explains why it’s so important to post signs in specific areas and at specific heights.

Imagine arriving at an appointment and not seeing a sign to let you know you’ve reached the correct office. Sighted people would “look” for a sign, right? The blind “feel” for a sign. If the sign isn’t Braille and it isn’t in the right place, how would they find the sign? It’s safe to assume that finding the sign would be difficult. Because of this very issue, being ADA compliant means having the correct sign, in the correct place and at the correct height from the floor. Because of this rule, the blind know to feel for the sign ADA Signs Wholesale Braille Restroom Signbetween 48 inches from the floor and 60 inches from the floor, on the right side of the door.ADA Signs Wholesale Directional Sign

You can learn a lot from his video, check it out! If you have any questions about ADA Braille signs, reach out to ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ today.

SignWORLD Conference 2016

Sign Company Education Session

SignWORLD Conference 2016

SignWORLD Sign Company Education Session

We’re back from the SignWORLD Conference and we are motivated and excited! This year’s conference was everything we hoped it would be. We saw old friends, we made new friends and we ate, drank and slept SIGNS!

It’s always an honor to meet with other Sign Shop owners and find ways to work together to improve our businesses, our brands and the SignWORLD brand, as well. We’re proud to be a part of this professional family of Sign Shops and their owners.

Signs PDQ was honored to receive several awards this year…

-Don and his team won the golf outing!

-We received an award for amount of business ($$$) in the last year.

-We received an award from our peers (7 of us were voted companies that helped others!)

Last but not least…

We received the award for the largest order on the list year…YEAH! We never ever thought we would be recipients of this award. For many years we have attended these conferences and seen companies receive this award. We always aspired to those heights, but it achievement of the dream seemed far in the distance. We are so proud of our recognition… and grateful to our families, colleagues, friends and (last but never least) our SignWORLD Family!

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Signs PDQ is a SignWORLD partner. We can help you with all of your business signage needs.

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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.

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Begin a Wholesale ADA Project with Signs PDQ

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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.

Signs PDQ discusses Pre Bid Meetings…More Opportunties for Signage

General Contractors are putting together bids in order to come up with their best total dollar amount in order to win the bid.  Having a competitive bid from subcontractors in a timely fashion is what they are looking for. Pre Bid meetings and  Bid due dates are on the bid request form.  Attending Pre Bid meetings is an excellent way to meet people representing the General Contractors.

Typically, a sign in sheet will be present. Obtaining a copy of it is a great way to find out who to market to.  Attending a Pre Bid meeting gives you a heads up about the project. Looking over the sign specs and possibly the plans before the Pre Bid meeting is a good idea.

This is a good opportunity to find out the answer to your questions.  Yes, you may have more questions later.  Another reason to have a great relationship with the General contractors.  Throughout this process remember YOU are the sign “expert”.  You may not know the answers but you can certainly find out.  Signs PDQ is happy to help with questions you may have. Don’t forget…EVERYONE attending the Pre Bid meeting will need signs!!!  Make contact, get connected, stay connected!

Matching Existing ADA Signs with Signs PDQ

Matching Existing ADA Signs

You have a customer that needs a few ADA signs to match existing signs.  Signs PDQ can certainly help.  It is ideal if you can obtain a live sample for us to match. If this isn’t possible take a photo of your sign from the front and side view.  This will help us determine how the original signs have been built.  Next you can go to Rowmark.com to locate color matches.  As you know, the color you see on your screen may not be exactly the way the end product looks.  It will be close…but may not be exact!

Signs PDQ or Rowmark can provide you with a hard copy catalogue.  There is a possibility that the sign we are duplicating is back painted a custom color.  You can refer to the Sherwin WIlliams color chart.  We would suggest your customer signing off on the chosen colors.  Once colors are in place we will need to know the quantity, size and text. If frames are involved Signs PDQ can certainly recommend a vendor to duplicate the frame.  Standoffs are treated the same way.  The photo you take needs to reflect all of the features of the current signs.

Getting an RFQ from Signs PDQ for Wholesale ADA Signage!

You have now been marketing to General Contractors and Project Managers by attending Pre-Bid meetings, contacting them for pre-qualification forms and following up with an occasional call or email. You are now hearing about bids and GC’s are reaching out to you for bids.  The plans for these bids need to be obtained.

The Builder’s Exchange is a great place to begin. Many cities have the BX and will offer a trial week so that you can begin to understand what they have to offer.  Once you have the plans in hand (or on your computer!) you want to read the specs to be certain this is a project you want to move forward with.  There will be various sign types on the spec sheet.  Now you will want to go to the Bid/Drawings section of the bid sheet. The category I am speaking to is the interior room signs…ADA signage.

Typically there will be several sign types that you will see drawings of.  Each drawing will be labeled with a specific letter or shape.  You will find this on the interior drawing of the building.  Look for a door schedule that will total up each sign type separately. If this schedule exists…YOU’RE IN LUCK because the signs will be counted for you!  No door schedule?

You will be counting the various signs.  The next step is formulating  your results on a spreadsheet.  Email your info to  quote@signspdq.com  We will get back to you Pretty Darn Quickly!  Read more about the process of increasing your  companies bottom line at ADA Signs Wholesale.