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Customized ADA Signs - American Disability Signs For Buildings

Recognizing the need to make public places accessible to people with visual disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) put in place a number of requirements for signage in public buildings. Everyone who is responsible for most buildings – like an office or apartment complex – needs to install certain kinds of signs in specific places to make sure they’re navigable for people who have visual disabilities.

Blue Dot Signs can help you with the design, fabrication, installation of these ADA compliant signs in NJ, and we’re available to consult with any time you need help. Give us a call today to learn more, or to get a quote for our NJ ADA sign services.

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The primary purpose of signs is to communicate information to as many people as possible. This is particularly important for signs that direct and orient people inside and around a building. With signs that are difficult to understand or see, it can be much harder to get around and accomplish what you want to get done. ADA signs such as Braille signs, pictogram signs, and more ensure that people of any ability can easily navigate a space.

Technical Specifications for ADA Signs

Standard ADA signs can be customized in many ways, so that they’re both codes compliant and fitting for your business’s brand. However, in order to make things faster and easier, businesses often use sign templates that are already known to be compliant. When following regulations, you often find that a specific simple design is a result.

Some features that ADA signs must incorporate depending on what type of sign they are included :

  • Braille
  • Raised Lettering and Graphics
  • High Contrast Colors
  • Matte or Other Non-Glare Finish

Some ADA signs, like restroom signs with male and female figures on them, usually require pictograms to further reduce any confusion.

Within the templates for ADA signs, we can customize these signs in a variety of colors and sizes to match a specific look. ADA signs are generally made from plastic since the material is affordable and durable, but there are other materials available as needed.

For companies that are interested in making their other signage accessible to their ADA customers - such as promotional materials, building directories, and others - we can also help apply the same principles of ADA compliant signage so that all customers can engage with your products or services.

Why Use Our ADA Signs?

While ADA signs are often required, there are still several benefits to choosing signs made by a professional and experienced company like Blue Dot. Our signs are:

  • Accessible - With Braille dots and raised letters that are well defined, sharp and contrasting colors, and finishings that make signage easy to read, our signs can be used by any visitor to your property.
  • More Customers - There are many people living with disability, and well made ADA signs open the door for those individuals.
  • Code Compliant - We have worked with ADA compliancy regulations for years and created sign templates that meet all codes. We can also share knowledge on installation requirements
  • Professional - A quality sign will give your property a clean and professional appearance, despite these likely being some of the more subtle signage present.
  • Durable - Our signs are all made of high end materials that are designed to last, even if they see heavy use. If you need signs that can withstand certain conditions, like those that will be placed outdoors, we can work with you to choose the right materials.

Many properties require ADA signage, but the exact locations and requirements will depend on your specific building. Our services can help you identify which signs you need and where they should be installed for compliance.

Where ADA Signs Are Needed

Signs that identify a room that is permanently used for a specific purpose must be ADA compliant. Some examples of space that must have ADA compliant signs include:

  • Restrooms
  • Exits
  • Closets
  • Vending Areas
  • Kitchens
  • Stairwells

Directory signs, parking signs, and temporary signs that will be displayed for seven days or fewer aren’t generally required to be ADA compliant.

If you’re not sure whether ADA compliant elements are needed for a particular room’s sign, it’s usually best to err on the side of caution. Adding Braille and raised lettering doesn’t cost that much more and failing to include them on a sign that requires them can result in significant fines. In addition, because ADA signs are also better for any visually impaired customers, the more you can help them navigate your property, the better it is for their experience.

Contact Us to Order Your Custom NJ ADA Signs

For your new property or to update an existing one, Blue Dot Signs can ensure you have the correct ADA signs installed. The combination of your branding or design with our standard ADA templates makes it easy to create signs that fit with your company. If you need additional signage or a replacement, we can also fabricate signs that match those already installed, whether we made the original signs or not. Fill out our contact form or call us at 908-486-7000 to let us know which ADA compliant signs you need. We are also happy to share our knowledge on accessibility signage to help you plan your order with no obligations on your part.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Are there specific requirements for how to install ADA signs?

Yes. In general, they should be installed 54” off the floor, on the side of the door that’s closest to the door handle. However, there may be other detailed installation requirements specific to the type of sign you’re ordering that you’ll need to consider. They ensure that the signs are accessible to those with handicaps.

Q2: Can logos be added to my ADA compliant sign?

Yes. Our sign fabrication technology is more than capable of adding customized graphics like business logos to signage and as long as they don’t decrease the visibility of the sign’s message, it is possible to add them to ADA compliant signs.

Q3: Do ADA compliant signs have to include a room’s name, or just a number?

If the room will only ever be used for one purpose, like the kitchen or restroom, ADA compliant signs should include its name. If the purpose changes, like an office or multipurpose room, just a room number is sufficient.

Q4: Do I need to change out my ADA compliant signs each time the ADA standards are updated?

No. If your signs were compliant in 1991, for example, you don’t have to order and install entirely new signs since the standards were updated in 2012. However, you will need to install the most up-to-date ADA standard compliant signage if you alter your building. A construction project would be an example of an alteration.

Q5: How long will it take to get my sign?

It doesn’t take long to make simple office signage ADA compliant, especially if there aren’t many customized details. Usually it only takes a few business days to fabricate and ship an order for this type of sign.

Q6: I don’t know exactly what rooms need ADA compliant signs, and how to make those signs compliant. Can you help?

Yes. We know ADA signage regulations and how they apply to different types of buildings, and can help keep your building up to code with the right signs. If you want to customize your signs in some way, we will make sure those custom details won’t violate ADA regulations.

Q7: Is every sign required to be ADA compliant?

No. Many different kinds of signs including (but not limited to) temporary signs that are posted for seven days or less, directories, and parking signs are not required to have Braille or tactile letters.

Q8: What fonts are best for ADA compliant signs?

ADA rules don’t require specific fonts by name, but they do require that the letters and numbers you use for compliant signage be sans serif and not italic, script, or highly decorative. Your main goal is easy readability. Some commonly used fonts are Arial, Helvetica, Calibri, Verdana, and Tahoma.

Q9: What happens if I don’t install ADA compliant signage for bathrooms, stairwells, etc.?

Local code inspectors carry out regular inspections of public buildings to ensure that safety codes like ADA compliant signs are being properly carried out. If you don’t install the appropriate signage to make sure that your building is easily accessible for everyone regardless of their visual abilities, you can face serious fines.

Q10: What size do letters on ADA compliant signs need to be?

This is dependent on the size of the overall sign and where it’s installed. Raised lettering and graphics on wall mounted signs should be 5/8”-2” tall. Signs that are installed at greater heights than regular door signs should have letters and graphics that are at least 2” tall, maybe 3” or above if they’re meant to be seen from longer distances.