ADA Signs

Installation Requirements for ADA Signage by Sequoia Signs & Graphics

Installation Requirements for ADA Signage by Sequoia Signs & Graphics

In order to be compliant with the American Disabilities Act, specific signage is required for every permanent room or space in a public building. Therefore, it’s important to know what ADA signs you need for your facility and to understand how to install this signage. 

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How to install ADA Signage?

ADA Signage is required for every permanent room or space in a building. To find out which ADA Compliant Signs you need for your facility click here. It’s important to understand how to install ADA Signage. This in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Therefore, continue to read to find out the actual guidelines concerning installation.

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Mounting Height Requirements

ADA Signage must be at least 48” and at most 60” above the ground. To measure this, you start from the baseline of the lowest and highest tactile characters. For instance, you can install a standard ADA sign size at 54” above the ground and pass inspection. Whether you need to comply with ADA installation regulations or not, this is a good height to mount door signs because it is at eye level.

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Mounting Location

In order for door signs to be ADA compliant, they should always be mounted at the door’s latch side and to the right of double doors. If no space is available in those areas, the sign should be placed on the nearest adjacent wall. ADA Signage should never be installed on the door. However, there is an exception in the state of California when restroom signs require double signage; one sign can be mounted on the door’s latch side and one sign can be mounted on the door itself.

In addition to the location of your mounted sign, there must be a clear floor space of 18” x 18”. This floor space should be centered on the tactile characters. This space should not be intersected by the arc of any door swing between the closed position or the door’s 45 degree open position.

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Overhead & Projecting ADA Signage

When installing overhead signage, it must be 80” above the floor. This is similar when projecting wall-mounted signs; they must be a minimum of 27” off the floor and have a maximum protrusion of 4” in a pathway.

 

Do you have any further questions about the installation guidelines for ADA Signage? To schedule a sign consultation or request a quote to start your next sign project, contact us today! Call us at (925) 300.1066 or fill in the contact form below. 

Must-Know ADA Sign Guidelines for Multi-Family Housing

Must-Know ADA Sign Guidelines for Multi-Family Housing

 

Why follow ADA Guidelines?

If you fail to comply with ADA guidelines, you may lose tenants, pay fines, or pay for renovations that could’ve been prevented. At Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we will ensure that you are always up to date with the ADA guidelines.

The guidelines for commercial properties are different from residential properties. The good news is that Private residential properties don’t require all the rules that apply for commercial properties. Public areas in your apartment facility must be ADA compliant, but this doesn’t directly apply to the individual residential units. In terms of financial responsibility, the landlord bears responsibility for any accommodations built for tenants with disabilities as well as public area modifications However, the tenant is responsible for any requested modifications to an existing unit. This usually doesn’t refer to signage but is good to know for overall construction.

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1. Private Residential Housing

Private Residential Housing is not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, this doesn’t mean that you are not required to adhere to any ADA Guidelines. It’s important to take note that it can affect some multi-family apartment projects, making it important for your signs to be ADA compliant. For example:

  • Public accommodations in residential buildings such as clubhouses, gyms, or swimming pools
  • Residential properties provided by educational institutions
  • Government-owned and/or operated residential facilities

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2. ADA Guidelines for Multi-Family compared to Commercial

If you are renovating an existing building that is not ADA compliant, look closely at the sign requirements for doorways, exits, restrooms, and wayfinding. Not only are ADA signs required for these areas, but the signs must be fabricated and installed according to the ADA Guidelines. 

Read more about sign fabrication and installation in the guidelines here: ADA Signs for Multi-Family Housing that Is Compliant to Pass Your Inspection here.

In terms of financial responsibility, the landlord bears responsibility for any accommodations built for tenants with disabilities. Any requested modifications to an existing unit the tenant is responsible for. This usually doesn’t refer to signage but is good to know for overall construction.

3. ADA Guidelines when renovating

ADA Compliant Signs - Sequoia Signs East BayIf you are renovating an existing building that is not ADA Compliant, make sure to take a close look at the following features that are unrelated to signs. Be sure to inspect the following: doorways, hallways, restrooms, handrails, parking spaces, elevators, and more.

Moving on to the signage, which must be fabricated and installed according to the ADA Guidelines. Read more about: ADA Signs for Multi-Family Housing that Are Compliant to Pass Your Inspection here.

We hope the above has provided you with information on why and how to follow ADA Guidelines. Multi-Family Housing is treated differently than commercial when it comes down to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Are you curious how to incorporate branding and design into ADA compliant room signs? Or do you have any more questions about this topic? Give us a call or contact us via our contact form.

Common Design Misconceptions for ADA Room Signs

Common Design Misconceptions for ADA Room Signs

To incorporate branding and design into ADA Compliant Room ID Signs is a top priority for any new ADA sign design. Certainly, ADA compliance has the top priority, but it doesn’t mean that ADA compliant signs can’t be attractive in terms of design! This is a concern that we often hear from our clients. Luckily at Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we consider the best of both worlds, making sure that your ADA Room ID signs are compliant AND have an attractive design.

Misconception about ADA Compliant Room ID Signs

​It’s a common misconception that ADA Compliant Signs must be plain and bland. Although they need to be designed following the ADA guidelines, this is a common misconception. To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we’ll have to follow the design policies, but those guidelines are more flexible than one may think.  Therefore, your company’s branding can easily be incorporated into the design while still following the ADA guidelines!

Let’s have a look at a few guidelines that are related to the design of the sign. If you would like to know more about how to be ADA compliant and pass your signage inspection, read our other blog.

Color

There are no stipulated colors, meaning that you are totally flexible in using your company’s colors for ADA signs and you’ll still be ADA compliant. The only requirement concerning the color of the sign is related to the contrast of the colors. ADA Compliant Signs require a contrast of 70% between the tactile and background color. This translates into making sure that either the tactile or background color needs to be darker than the other. However, you decide which color is darker and which color is lighter through your company’s branding. 

Material

The material used for ADA signs is required to be non-glare. Sharp edges also must be avoided for safety reasons. At Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we have a large variety of materials available. When looking at your branding and the interior design of your space, we can propose a material that fits both. Some options include, but are not limited to wood, acrylic, or brushed silver.

Font

When it comes down to fonts, there are a few more restrictions, unfortunately. The copy must be in all caps and the font must be San Serif. The ADA Compliant font restrictions will help you select a font that enhances readability. Italic, script, bold and decorative fonts are not allowed. If your branding includes this type of font, we will work together to find an alternative and come to a mutually agreed font. Apart from your signs being ADA compliant, you also want your signs to be readable. After all, that’s the main objective of the sign!

When designing ADA Compliant Room ID Signs, we see it as an opportunity to improve your branding through signage. Notwithstanding the design limitations, we can create powerful, effective, and compliant signs that extend your brand for increased awareness and consistency.

Hopefully, we were able to take away some doubts about the creative designs for ADA Signs. Are you ready to get started? Give us a call today or fill in the contact form, and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Increase the value of a Multi-Family Community with signs in Walnut Creek, CA

Increase the value of a Multi-Family Community with signs in Walnut Creek, CA

Increasing the value of a Multi-Family Community with signs is just one benefit of good signage. Monument sign, apartment number signs, wayfinding signs, just to name a few of the sign types that are essential in a Multi-Family Housing Community. Incorporation of your community branding and architecture is an important element of professional and attractive looking signage. Let’s look into 3 different ways to increase the value of your Multi-Family Community.

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1. A good first impression at the entrance

The entrance sign of a community, also called monument sign, contributes to a good first impression. A good first impression will first of all affect current tenants, creating a luxury feeling of their community. Secondly a high-end entrance sign can increase value of the property by attracting new tenants. Investing in luxury features for your monument sign will elevate your communities appearance. A well designed entrance sign has a good balance between the architecture of your property and your communities branding. In addition to the monument sign, some luxury features to enhance it’s appearance include landscaping and lighting.

2. Enhance the feeling of ‘Community’

Multi-Family Community DirectorCreating a strong community feeling is a way to reduce tenant turnover and improve retention. Retention helps to reduce a lot of property costs, including sales costs, marketing, vacancy cost but also maintenance and cleaning. Well executed branding can contribute towards the retention of tenants. Effective exterior directional signage contributes to a certain level of safety for the tenants and their visitors. Safety is the number one priority for many tenants, living in a multi-family community. Effective wayfinding signage can also help tenants make use of the facilities more. Resulting in building tenant retention.

3. Attention to detail of your Multi-Family Community

Details matter! This often refers to the service provided by a community, but details also matters when it comes down to the maintenance of the property. The maintenance of the property includes well taken care signage. If you provide much attention to detail, this will help you to increase the value of your community. When investing in good signage, the maintenance factor plays a role. Well designed signage, with the right materials, requires less maintenance. This will provide a better overall look and care for detail.

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Although investing in good signage might look like an overwhelming cost, it’s actually only a small cost compared to the overall investment of a new development. And at the up side, well designed and fabricated signage will provide many benefits to your community that last for several years. Entrance signage, unit number id’s and wayfinding signage is an extension of your brand, contributing to it’s overall appearance.

 

 

At Sequoia Signs & Graphics we have experience working with multi-family housing developments, designing, fabricating and installing signage. Give us a call at 925.300.1066 or fill in the contact form, and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

How Signage Contributes to the Rebranding of a Multi-Family Development

How Signage Contributes to the Rebranding of a Multi-Family Development

Rebranding a multi-family housing development is an interesting topic for developers. Rebranding not only provides an excellent opportunity to broaden a resident base, but it can contribute to increased retention rates and positive property reviews. When executed correctly, rebranding a multi-family property can bring the entire property to the next level. 

Signs rebranding

A rebranding of a multi-family housing development starts with the actual creation of the brand. Before designing a new logo and its colors, it’s crucial to understand the type of residents you would like to attract. What kind of atmosphere would you like to radiate towards your residents? Perhaps in order to achieve your goal, even a new name might be required. A property rebranding often goes hand in hand with an upgrade of your facilities, like a temperature-controlled pool, a health club, amenities, or luxury finishes in the units. These types of upgrades create unique selling points and broaden your target audience by offering different price points. All of this contributes towards the creation of the new brand.

When starting the rebranding process, we always emphasize keeping the implementation in mind. A logo design for a web-based business is completely different from a logo design that will be turned into signage and collateral. The color elements are equally important because certain screen colors might not be convertible into print or paint colors. Therefore, it’s important to find the right type of partner for your property rebranding.

Interior & Exterior Signs execution

Once your logo design and branding package has been finalized, it’s time to move on to the interior and exterior signage execution. We’ll summarize the most important sign types for your multi-family housing development.

Monument Sign

A monument sign is sometimes also referred to as an entrance sign or community sign. A monument sign creates the first impression of your property; this is especially relevant for potential new residents. These are often large investments but can have a powerful impact.  A professional-looking and well-maintained monument sign helps attract the attention of people walking or driving by. When rebranding a multi-family property, it may be possible to use the existing monument structure. Refurbishing an existing sign is a great option to create a new look for your property while keeping the cost low.

Wayfinding Signs

Wayfinding signs and directional signs have a more practical purpose for existing residents and their visitors. Good wayfinding signage contributes towards a good experience, especially for visitors, because they help people find their way around the property. Apart from the practicality of wayfinding signage it also contributes towards the overall look and feel of the property, by incorporating your branding. Don’t forget when you are adding new facilities to your property, to update your wayfinding signage as well.

Unit Numbers

Every unit at the property needs its own unit number, with clear visibility. At Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we incorporate your branding on each unit number sign. Keeping in mind the size, font, and contrast colors to ensure good readability. If your property is an interior apartment building, all unit number signs need to be ADA compliant in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act to pass inspection. ADA compliant signs include more than tactile and braille. As a licensed California sign contractor, Sequoia Signs ensures your signs meet all requirements for California’s ADA Code.

The above are just a highlight of the most important multi-family housing signs for your development. Contact our team today to start the conversation about rebranding! Scroll down to fill in the contact form or click here.

Which Signs Do I Need for a Multi-Family Housing Project in the East Bay Area

Which Signs Do I Need for a Multi-Family Housing Project in the East Bay Area

Identifying which signs are needed for a Multi-Family Housing project might seem overwhelming and complicated. Luckily this is our specialty and our experts will take this type of research off your plate. Read on for a summary on the most important signs for your project. An important note: some signs are a must to be compliant and pass your building inspections. Continue to read to find out how to be compliant.

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Monument Signs

Let’s start on the outside, the first impression of any visitor or resident. A Monument Sign is the first introduction to your property from the main street. The Monument Sign always includes the name of the community, along with the address number. Both will help to identify the location for easy reference. Monument Signs are available within a wide budget range, depending on your requirements. At Sequoia Signs & Graphics we can custom design your design, following existing architecture or come up with a design proposal from scratch.

 

Directional Signs

Directional Signs become necessary as soon as you reach the gate of the property. Good directional signs improve the visitor experience, creating a friendly environment. At a Multi-Family Housing project directional signs are mainly used to indicate the house numbers, parking and then the club house, pool or gym if any. Directional Signs are exterior signs, designed for long durability. Furthermore readability is important so we keep that in mind while designing these signs.

 

ADA Signs for Multi-Family Housing project - Sequoia Signs East BayADA Room Signs

Now we are moving on to the type of signs that are a must in order for you to be compliant and pass your inspections. All units need to be equipped with an ADA Compliant Room Sign. An ADA Compliant room sign is installed on the latch side of the entrance door, including tactile and braille. If you would like to read more about ADA Signs for Multi-Family Housing, have a look at this article. One of the fun aspects is to be ADA compliant and design a good looking sign at the same time. Our design team is specialized in designing these type of signs. Keeping in mind the ADA guidelines in combination with the interior design & architecture of the project.

 

Regulatory Signs for Multi-Family Housing project - Sequoia Signs East BaySafety & Regulatory Signs

The least fun part of the sign project is usually the safety & regulatory signs. Hereby think about emergency exits and evacuations maps but also non-smoking signs or elevator signs. Our team will make sure to include all the necessary signs in your proposal in order to meet the safety regulations. All Safety and Regulatory signs will also be designed to be compliant and matching the design at the same time.

Do you have any further questions about which types of signs are required for a Multi-Family Housing project? Feel free to give us a call (925) 300 1066 or fill in the contact form below to be in touch with one of our consultants.

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