When it comes to ADA signs there are certain guidelines that need to be followed so that you are compliant. When you do not abide by the rule, you will need to part with a lot of money at the end of the day by attracting fines and penalties. Some of the factors that you need to consider when designing ADA signs are briefly highlighted below.
With ADA signs there is a specific font that is required and it is important to ensure that you use it. In most cases san serif is the font that is used and there are strict regulation when it comes to the case, proportion and height of the letters. It is important to make sure that you use the right fonts but there is room for you to play around with things like the color, shape and material of the signs to make it beautiful.
It is important that you ensure that you apply kerning to the characters even though it is something that most people do not enjoy but it is a requirement for the ADA sign. It is important to have a distance of 3.2mm between characters since some of them naturally tend to be too close together. The kerning requirement may mean that you have to get a larger sign since you cannot squeeze everything together and it is also important since people with visibility issues will have difficulty telling letters apart if they are not well spaced out.
As you design the ADA sign then the character size is something else that you also need to consider. For the letters, it is important that the minimum size of the letters be ” and the maximum be 2″. The rule is normally broken when the frame size is too small or when there is no room for braille but the only exception to the rule needs to be when there is dual signs of which the letter size need to be “.
If you intend to use braille then there are certain codes that you also need to follow as well. When it comes to braille, there is no rule about including or excluding any material but the basic guideline is about how the shape as well as the size of the braille dot cells needs to be. The grade II braille is what is required in most cases since it has 189 contractions and uses short forms.
With placement of the signs, you need to consider flooring as you determine placement of the signs since there is specific requirement when it comes to signage mounting. Make sure that you confirm with the building inspector if you are unsure about the height where you need to mount the signs. To determine the right height, you need to make sure that you interpret the codes well.