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Are you about to order new ADA 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!
Yes, the ADA requires signs. Details such as what they must look like and where they should be hung are available on our complete ADA sign requirements page or 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 benefit. Also, when signs are consistently positioned, it is easier for everyone, not only 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 signs should be mounted with their bottommost text between 48 and 60 inches above grade, as 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 bottom of all room signs. With a tape measure and attention to detail, ADA sign mounting per regulations is easy!
Note that section 703.4.1 mounting height guidelines do not apply to elevator car controls.
ADA signs are required to mark every permanent room or space. They are almost always 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, 48″ – 60″ height, and 18 inch by 18 inch location requirements.
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:
In exceptional cases, section 703.4.2 permits ADA sign mounting 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:
Note that California has state-specific guidelines for mounting restroom signs on doors and adjacent walls. More details on exceptions can be found in our complete ADA sign requirements page.
ADA compliant sign manufacturers generally prepare signs to be installed in a few ways.
The Green Dot Sign® preferred approach to mounting ADA signs is via four wood pegs. This method not only reduces plastic production and use, but 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 or eco-friendly caulking compound 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® orders 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.
Green Dot Sign® is a nationwide provider of sustainable signs, focusing on ADA signs and related products. We work closely with all brands and members of the AECO community to make every project a success. Each Green Dot Sign® reduces plastic by by about 250 grams using our patent-pending 3D printing, rather then traditional reductive manufacturing methods. Over 10,000 SKUs of the most common ADA signs are available for purchase on our site as well as Amazon, but most of our orders are custom signage – in which case just contact us and we’ll be in touch.