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ADA Installation Guidelines

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A guide to ADA installations under the new code.

In response to sign companies asking how to handle ADA installations under the new code (which became effective as of March 15), ADA Central Signs has created a PDF document detailing the rules of ADA installation. This concise guide is aimed at making the changes under the new code easier to understand and execute.

ADA Central Signs says:

When the new ADA standards became enforceable on March 15, 2012, a number of changes were made regarding installation of ADA signs. Here are a few of the key changes:

1- The sign must be mounted to the wall on the latch side of the door.

2- In case of doors that swing inward, the sign should be mounted outside the arc of the door. The sign must be mounted in an 18” x 18” (minimum) clear area around the sign. This is for the safety of the sign reader in case the door is opened.

3- In the case of double doors, there are a number of provisions for doors with one or two active leaves. Refer to the ADA Sign Installation PDF.  

4- The mounting height for signs has changed. The baseline of the tactile copy may now be between 48” at its lowest and 60” at its highest. This allows for signs of different sizes to be mounted on the same visual plane. Elevator cars, however, are excluded from this requirement.

To download and read the full PDF guideline, click here: ADA Sign Installation Guidelines

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