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5 Easy ADA Sign Mounting Tips

5 Easy ADA Sign Mounting Tips to Pass Regulation Guaranteed

Are you about to order new ADA-compliant signs for your offices and want to make sure they are mounted correctly? We understand that no one wants to install signs at the wrong height or location. Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions. Rest easy knowing your braille signs meet requirements and will pass inspection!

ADA Sign Mounting Pegs1. Does the ADA require signs?

 Yes, the ADA does require signs. Details such as what they must look like and where they should be hung are available in Chapter 7 of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

It is important for building managers and owners to properly mount ADA signs to ensure compliance with section 703.4 of the Standards and avoid fines.  Additionally, hanging ADA signs according to federal regulations serves those the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is intended to serve. When signs are consistently positioned, it is easier for the visually impaired and blind to identify and read them.  If someone with a visual disability is also confined to a wheelchair, they need to be able to reach braille signage.

 Read the below ADA Sign Mounting FAQs and review Green Dot Sign’s ADA Guide to ensure ADA mounting compliance and that signage in your facility meets regulations. Also, note that in California, sign mounting guidance varies from federal regulations.

ADA Sign Mounting Method 2. At what height should ADA signs be mounted?

ADA signs should be mounted between 48 and 60 inches above the ground specified in section 703.4.1 Height Above Finish Floor or Ground.

Tactile characters on signs shall be located 48 inches (1220 mm) minimum above the finish floor or ground surface, measured from the baseline of the lowest tactile character and 60 inches (1525 mm) maximum above the finish floor or ground surface, measured from the baseline of the highest tactile character. 

 The 12 inch range of allowable hanging height, between 48 inches and 60 inches, allows signs of varied size to be consistently hung on the same visual line along a wall. Often it works well to hang all signs 54” from the floor to the sign center.  With a tape measure and attention to detail, mounting signs per regulations is easy!

Note that section 703.4.1 mounting height guidelines do not apply to elevator car controls.

3. What locations require ADA signs?

 ADA-compliant signs are usually positioned at doorways, as doors mark the point of entry into a permanent building space or area that requires identification. 

 A key portion of section 703.4.2 Location explains the two location components that apply to most ADA signs.

Where a tactile sign is provided at a door, the sign shall be located alongside the door at the latch side. Signs containing tactile characters shall be located so that a clear floor space of 18 inches (455 mm) minimum by 18 inches (455 mm) minimum, centered on the tactile characters, is provided beyond the arc of any door swing between the closed position and 45 degree open position.

The below graphic illustrates standard ADA sign mounting door latch side, height, and 18 inch by 18 inch location requirements.

ADA Sign Location Common

 4. Are there ADA sign mounting guidelines and exceptions?

Yes, because buildings and doorways vary, the ADA Standards include guidance for where to mount signs at double doors and where to hang signs when there is not space. 

In section 703.4.2 Location of the ADA Standards three specific situations are explained:

  • Where a tactile sign is provided at double doors with one active leaf, the sign shall be located on the inactive leaf. 
  • Where a tactile sign is provided at double doors with two active leafs, the sign shall be located to the right of the right hand door. 
  • Where there is no wall space at the latch side of a single door or at the right side of double doors, signs shall be located on the nearest adjacent wall. 

In exceptional cases, section 703.4.2 allows signs to be mounted on the push side of a door. On inward swinging doors, a sign may be mounted on the door if the two below criteria are met:

  1. The door closes automatically
  2. Door does not have a hold-open device

Note that California has state-specific guidelines for mounting restroom signs on doors and adjacent walls.

ADA sign mounting with tape and silicone5. How should an ADA sign be mounted?

ADA-compliant sign manufacturers generally prepare signs to be installed in a few ways.

Green Dot Sign’s preferred approach to mounting ADA signs is via four wood pegs.  This method not only reduces plastic production and use, but it is the most secure. Signs are shipped with the pegs glued into holes made on the back of the sign blank. Customers then use Green Dot Sign’s provided pattern to drill four holes into their wall.  Silicone is applied to the holes and sign back to ensure a strong, long-term hold.  

We work with experienced clients that insist upon mounting signs via pegs.  They have found that adhesives such as foam tape do not withstand vandalism and other risks associated with long-term use.

For those who need to quickly install signs or don’t want to use power tools, the best option is to use silicone in conjunction with the sign manufacturer provided adhesive.  Green Dot Sign customers that order signs with foam tape, will receive signage with the tape secured to the back of their signs. Simply make a circle of silicone on the back of your sign, then remove the backing from the tape, and firmly stick your sign to the wall.

For additional ADA sign mounting tips review our Installation Guide and blog post, How to Install ADA Signs Like A Pro.