Signage helps everyone, but sometimes signs have to meet special needs to be effective for those with disabilities. After the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in the early 90s to become federal law, most facilities are required to meet ADA requirements, including ADA compliant signage. Violations of ADA signage rules can result in large fines in some cases. ADA signs from Coastal Signs Plus can be custom designed to meet your project specifications and needs. Coastal Signs Plus works with you from concept through installation. We are with you through all phases of your project, no matter how large the scope of your project. Based in San Diego, California, Coastal Signs Plus is well equipped to handle not only your local projects but national projects as well. We have a dedicated in-house design team, utilize state-of-the-art manufacturing, and employ knowledgeable and experienced team members to ensure we provide you with ADA signs finely tuned to your project needs.
WHO NEEDS ADA SIGNS?
Almost every business and facility needs ADA signs. The Americans with Disabilities Act is far-reaching in scope. If covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, you likely need ADA signage. Hotels, malls, shopping centers, grocery stores, restaurants, corporate headquarters, and more all need ADA signage to fit their unique needs.
WHAT DO ADA SIGNS DO?
ADA signs are designed to provide additional help in accessing the sign as well as marking facilities designed to help disabled visitors. Raised print, braille, and shapes assist the visually impaired. Anti-glare coatings reduce the chance that signs are hard to read, as does increased sign contrast and sans serif fonts. Sign location also affects how ADA signs provide help to disabled visitors, with signs needing to be placed within reaching distance and at uniform placements across multiple locations such as every sign for a room being in the same location outside the room. Universal icons like the international wheelchair symbol provide easy information to those who may have reading difficulties as well.
TYPES OF ADA SIGNS
ADA signage is about ADA requirements and doesn’t refer to one single type of sign. Installations can be indoors or outdoors and ADA signage can be different types of signs. ADA signage is as diverse as the population the signage is intended to serve. However, there are some standard categories of ADA signs. These include amenity signs for items such as restrooms, water fountains, break rooms, and cafeterias, exit signs, stairwell signage for public and emergency stairwells, escalators, or elevators, and room signage with room numbers and/or names/room functions. ADA requirements for each sign type, use, and placement may vary considerably. Likewise, materials used vary widely by sign type. Coast Signs Plus works with a wide variety of materials to fit your project and design concept. From acrylic to sintra boards to aluminum and more, we have your needs covered.
ADA SIGN FEATURES
ADA sign features are far more than simply adding braille to a standard sign. Features required may vary widely by application and sign type but common features needed on most ADA signage include some combination of anti-glare coatings, a large clear font (usually sans serif), good contrast between backgrounds and foregrounds, and a tactile component such as braille and raised numbers or letters. Some applications may require multiple signs with different features on each to meet specifications.
Coastal Signs Plus has a dedicated in-house design team to work with you from the conception of your project to ensure your ADA signs fit seamlessly into your design specifications and concept within your budget.
ADA SIGN LOCATIONS
ADA sign locations vary greatly by type of signage. Sometimes indoor and sometimes outdoor, ADA signage is based on covered situations, not if the location is indoors or outdoors. For example, indoor and outdoor signage for public stairwells or emergency exits may be needed. Further, only a few types of locations are likely to possibly fall outside the need for ADA signage. These include facility addresses, building directories, facility parking signs, and temporary signs intended for use less than seven (7) days.
ADA SIGN MOUNTING
Mounting ADA signs depends on the sign and the usage. A flush mount might be required for room signage but pole installation or hanging signage might be required for some restroom or exit signage. Overhead, projecting, and flush wall mount ADA signage all have different requirements and we can work with your specifications to ensure our product fits your plans.