Designer Guide to ADA Signs, Regulatory compliance

It is important for all businesses to meet California ADA guidelines. If a business is open to the public, then the business must mount certain types of signs. While having to mount signs can be a hassle, there are serious legal repercussions for businesses that do not display the right type of signage. If designers keep these tips in mind, they’ll be able to comply with regulations and display all necessary signage.

Determine Which Signs Are Required

While the ADA Standards for Accessible Design have a lot of information about signage requirements, these requirements aren’t always clear to designers. For example, many types of signage, such as signs that contain braille, only need to be hung in permanent rooms. How can designers determine whether or not a room is temporary? As a rule of thumb, signs need to be hung in any room that will have the same function for more than seven days.

Beyond that, signs need to be hung in or around any space that is related to safety, such as elevators or fire exits. Signs do not need to be hung in areas that are not designed for public use or outside of the building. However, signage does need to be displayed in accessible parking spaces.

Find Out Where Signs Need To Be Hung

Any permanent space that is open to the public needs to display the appropriate ADA signs. In addition, these signs must be hung in the right location. Signs should be hung in the interior of any public room that will serve the same function for 7 days or more.

Types of rooms that require signs include restrooms, breakrooms, and kitchens. Designers should look closely at buildings and determine where signage is needed and what kind of signage is necessary. For example, if a pictogram sign is displayed, a text description may also be necessary.

Make Sure Signs Are Displayed At The Right Height

When signage is hung, it must be displayed at a height that will allow people to see and read the sign easily. The lowest that an ADA sign can be displayed at is 48 inches from the floor. A sign cannot be hung higher than 60 inches from the floor.

If a sign is hung at the wrong height, you could face penalties, even if the sign meets all other guidelines for ADA compliance. Because of this, it’s important to clearly define the location where signs should be hung. Make sure that any signage that is in use can easily be seen.

What To Do If You Can’t Mount A Sign In A Specified Location

In some cases, it may not be possible to hang a sign in a specific location. As an example, there may not be enough space to hang a sign in the area that is specified. In these scenarios, the ADA allows the sign to be mounted on the nearest adjacent wall, providing that the sign is still clearly visible.

With that said, there are areas in which signs cannot be hung. As an example, a sign should not be mounted on a door. Designers need to work to find the best location for any signs that need to be hung. When in doubt, it is always best to consult ADA regulations before proceeding.

Regulatory compliance is crucial for all businesses. Any business that is open to the public needs to display the appropriate signage in permanent spaces. Designers should work to determine the type of signage that is needed and find the right locations for signs to be hung. Signage can promote safety and keep a business safe.

David LoPresti, co-owner of ADA Compliance Professionals, brings years of architectural design and ADA compliance experience to the table. With a mother who has had a life-long disability, he has seen first-hand the complexity and challenges of making a property ADA compliant. This experience has led to him dedicating his life to improving ADA access for businesses across California so they can be enjoyed by all.

What To Check When You’re About To Buy A Home

Buying a new property can be both exciting and stressful. Exciting because you’ll finally have a property you can call your own and stressful because it’s not as easy as shopping for a pair of jeans. It’s much more complicated than that. Many people seem to think that house hunting is all about presentation. While it’s true that design is crucial, it’s not the only factor to consider. First time homebuyers make the mistake of buying properties without consulting professional real estate agents from They buy houses out of impulse because they simply loved the location or because they were drawn to the color scheme of the house. They didn’t go down to the nitty-gritty and in the end, they ended up in regret. You see, in real estate you have to be wise. Making mistakes are risky because remember, properties cost millions of dollars. When you invest in these properties you are taking away a huge chunk of your savings. Therefore, as much as possible, avoid making mistakes. The upside to have a broker is they know what you want and they’re going to help you find the right home for you.

If you’re going house hunting, there are several things you should look into. Let’s find out what these are.

Check the Roof

One of the most common mistakes homebuyers make is failing to check the condition of the roof. It’s easy to miss this one because you don’t see it. As they say, out of sight out of mind. However, this is very important especially if you are moving to a hurricane-prone area. Roofs should be made of durable, high quality materials so they can withstand extreme weather temperatures and other external elements. It should also be free of mold and mildew as this can create health problems for you and your family.

Check the Structural Integrity Of The House

Of course, anyone who is trying to sell his or her home is going to repaint the walls to make it look more attractive. Don’t be fooled by a property’s paint job but be more concerned about the structure of the home. The foundation of the property is more valuable than painted walls so make sure to check it out before you commit.

Check for Mold and Mildew

You’ll know if a property has mold if you notice a strong musty odor inside. Black spots on kitchen counters, sinks and bathroom tiles also indicate the presence of mold. You see, mold is highly toxic so if you buy a house, which has mold, you are putting you and your family’s health in danger. Inhaling mold spores can cause lung problems and in rare cases even death. If the only problem the house has is mold you can ask the previous homeowners to pay for a mold removal/remediation service.

Check the Plumbing

There is more to what meets the eye. Even the most grandiose-looking house can turn out to be a real horror if you don’t do a careful inspection. One of the things to check is plumbing. Evaluate the condition of the pipes under the sink and check for mold, water damage and leaks.

Check the Neighborhood

Assuming the house is in 100% pristine condition, are you going to buy it? Before you sign that contract and before you hand over your payment, make sure you’ve done your research about the neighborhood. Many homeowners regret living in a particular house because they were not informed of the high crime rate in that area.

As you can see, house hunting can be complex but with the assistance of real estate agents, they can make experience a breeze!

Nancy Alperin of Maxwell Realty has not only a keen understanding of real estate, but a genuine passion for it. She believes in garnering client respect by listening to their needs and delivering results for them. Her in-depth knowledge of the Philadelphia real estate market plus her ability to broker complicated deals with infinite finesse enable her to navigate the challenging elements of buying, selling or leasing properties while making it all appear seamless. This is also strengthened by her years of owning, buying and selling for her own portfolio. Committed to the health and longevity of her father's company, Nancy has helped Maxwell Realty Company, Inc. achieve its reputation for unparalleled service as well as for being an innovative and rewarding work environment for its associates.