Curious how Sequoia Signs maintains precision and accuracy when installing quality Signs up to code? Our use of jigs in the installation process maintains quality control and flexibility for all the designs we create. A jig is a custom made tool which controls the location or positioning of a fixture. A jig’s primary purpose is to provide repetition, accuracy and interchangeability in the installation of signage. While holding the signage and guiding an installation tool, a jig is so essential to the final product of a quality sign.
How to use a jig to install Quality Signs
Jig is such a simple little word and yet so essential to the final product of a quality sign. It is hard to put a price on the true value of a jig when installing quality signs for Multi-family housing or other wayfinding projects. To begin, we use a sign setter to install almost every quality sign in a Multi-family housing project. A setter is effectively a jig on a stick and that stick also works as a measuring stick.
ADA Compliant Sign install
Using a sign setter/jig allows us to install each quality sign the same distance from the door jam as well as the same distance to the bottom of the sign. In projects like these, the majority of quality signs that we install are ADA signs (Americans with Disabilities Act). These quality signs have tactile lettering (raised 1/32 of an inch) as well as braille and they need to be located between 48” and 60” from the floor. (It gets slightly more technical but that is a rough guideline.)
With our jig, we prioritize that all signs look well positioned relative to each other. As not all signs are the same height, this often means adjusting our jig so that the tops of all signs are the same height. Other times we may align the bottoms of the signs. Either way, our clients know that their project will look great and are high quality!
Consistent Sign Installation
Another example of a jig is when we need to position two quality signs in relation to each other repetitively. As you can see in this picture on the right, we needed to include the handicap symbol for every accessible room at the Marriott Residence Inn, Walnut Creek. Our client wanted the symbol centered under the room number but the room number was, itself, off center (by design). Our solution was to carefully measure our location and create a simple jig, so that all of our handicap symbols were consistently placed under the room numbers. Check out our other quality signage we build with a jig in our gallery!
Modern ADA Compliant Signs and Wayfinding Signs were part of the second sign phase for 1716 Lofts in Walnut Creek. Perhaps you will also remember our earlier blog about the entrance signs?
1716 Lofts in Walnut Creek is an exceptionally nice apartment building. As such, the architects and the developers, DCI Construction, wanted nothing but the best materials for the required ADA and wayfinding signage. Therefore Sequoia Signs met with the project managers, architects, and contractors at DCI to review their proposed materials and to guarantee that we could deliver the ‘look’ that they desired. While at the same time being ADA Compliant.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
ADA stands for the Americans for Disabilities Act. The act was first enacted in 1990 and governs the required signage that makes a building compliant. There are several methods for making ADA compliant signs and one of the higher end processes is called Thermal Compression. These ADA compliant signs are very tamper resistant while also being aesthetically beautiful! In addition, while the large majority of ADA signage is 1/8” thick (or even thinner), the ADA signs at 1716 Lofts are mostly ¼” thick. Subsequently this thickness adds to the class and character of the ADA and wayfinding project.
ADA Compliant Signs in style
To keep the desired ‘modern look’ consistent throughout the building, we incorporated similar material and design elements into the apartment unit ID signs, exit signs and evaluation maps. These types of signs are often overlooked by the casual observer. Nonetheless they are necessary for wayfinding and evacuation in the event of an emergency. These are required by the ADA code, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have style!
ADA Signs inspection
DCI did not want to just go for the bare minimum of ADA regulations to pass inspection. As a result we worked together to create beautiful wayfinding evacuation maps. The maps are direct print – again on ¼” material. While most people will move past these without a second glance, the more detailed observer will note that 1716 Lofts has some of the nicest wayfinding evacuation maps in the area (if we do say so ourselves!).
Apart from the signs needing to be ADA Compliant to pass the inspection, there is one more crucial element to be taken into consideration. In order for 1716 Lofts to pass their final inspections, the signs need to be installed following the ADA Guidelines. To summarize, the most important factors for installation are the height and the location.
If you would like to learn more about ADA Compliant Signs to pass your inspection, have a look at our other blog here!
Good Office Signs for your facility are a must have these days! Good signage contributes to the overall branding of your office. First of all strong branding shows professionalism and is important for your existing customers as well as your potential customers. Another benefit of good office signage is for your employees. It’s proven that good branding motivates employees, to be part of an established company.
Office Signs can be implemented in different ways, areas and budgets. Therefore let’s have a look at different types of Office Signs and their benefits.
Lobby & Reception Signs
This is by far the most popular type of Office Sign due to the fact that it’s a real eye catcher upon arrival in the office. A Lobby Sign is usually displayed above the reception desk or in the waiting room. Another good location for a lobby sign is in your conference room, that is to say if you have one. Out of all office signs, a lobby sign is the most diverse in cost. If you are looking to make an impact but have a low budget, a simple acrylic panel with graphics can be a great option. Although, if you are considering a more high end product, the options are endless. We can design lobby signs with different type of materials for a more exclusive look, or even include illumination. Our Gallery has a good selection of lobby signs for your inspiration.
In order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all your rooms need to have an ADA Sign. For instance think about offices, conference rooms, restrooms, waiting rooms, staff rooms and so on. ADA Signs can be designed based on your company branding, while at the same time comply with the regulations. If you would like to learn more about a well designed & installed ADA sign, read our recent post here.
Directional Signs come into place into larger office facilities. If you are expecting a large amount of visitors on a daily basis, they come in handy, but otherwise your employees can benefit from good directional signage too. Good Directional Signs showcase that a company cares and contributes to it’s hospitality. In other words, Directional Signs have multiple benefits for your company, customers and employees.
Window & Wall Graphics
Window & Wall Graphics can make a huge impact at a low cost. Are you trying to display a message? Or perhaps motivate employees? Showcase your Company Values? Window & Wall Graphics are perfect for this, especially because they are available in either temporary or permanent applications. Wall Graphics and Wraps are also a good way of elevating the interior design of your office. A plain and boring wall can be turned into a high energy environment.
In summary, there are plenty of options to elevate your office signs with different type of office sign products. Our experts are available to visit your office to brainstorm together with your marketing department or come up with a design proposal. You can call us at (925) 300-1066 or email to [email protected].
American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant signs are an essential component of a Multi-Family Housing sign project. The American with Disabilities Act was implemented in 1990 for new construction and developments. This means that all signs must follow the act in order to be federally compliant. However, it’s more important to follow the California state regulation, which is more strict than Federal Compliance.
Room identification signs are a major component of the ADA sign regulations, as well as restroom signs, fire exit signs, elevator and staircase signs. ADA room signs include room number signs, which identify each individual unit. ADA compliant room identification also applies to offices, conference rooms, server rooms, and storage rooms.
Let’s have a more detailed look at what makes a room sign ADA compliant and how to pass an ADA inspection.
Signage indicating permanent rooms must include Grade 2 braille. The braille should be a direct translation of the sign and must be placed directly under the copy. For multiple lines of text, the braille shall be located below the entire text.
The sign copy must be tactile and follow a few requirements in terms of size. The minimum text copy must be 5/8” and the maximum 2”, and the tactile must be raised by a minimum of 1/32”.
Two of the most important aspects related to the text copy relate to the type and casing of font. The font must be Sans Serif and all in caps. The font is not allowed to be italic, script, bold or decorative in any way.
In order for your Multi-Family Housing ADA signs to be fully compliant, they must have a non-glare or matte finishing. Textures must also be kept to a minimum as to not affect legibility. Since the signs are intended to be read by touch they cannot have any sharp or abrasive edges. At Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we have several material options to choose from that are fully compliant.
ADA room signs must have contrasting colors, meaning the colors between the text copy and the background should be drastically different. There must be a minimum of 70% difference in the colors to properly contrast. The easiest way to achieve this is by having a light-colored background and dark-colored copy or vice versa.
An ADA Compliant sign alone does not ensure that you pass your inspection; therefore, it’s really important to follow the proper installation. You can find the installation guidelines in short below:
The baseline of the lowest character must be above 48” off the finished floor and the baseline of the highest character must not extend 60” above the finish floor.
Signs may not protrude more than 4” from the wall.
Flag-mounted signs must be installed at a minimum of 80” above the finished floor.
Tactile signs shall be installed at the latch side of the door and to the right of double doors.
There must be a clear floor space of 18”x 18” minimum, centered on the tactile characters. This space should not be intersected by the arc of any door swing.
At Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we will follow all these guidelines and design an attractive sign from a visual perspective. Some of the above requirements can seem very technical and that’s where our sign experts come into place. We will make sure to design all your signs to be ADA Compliant, followed by the proper installation guidelines to pass your inspection.
Feel free to contact us today for a free consultation or quote for all your ADA signage needs at your Multi-Family Housing project or any other public building. You can call us at (925) 300-1066 or email [email protected].
ADA stands for American with Disabilities Act and ADA signs are required by law to have posted in public buildings or businesses. ADA signage identifies accessible features for people with disabilities to aid with navigating through buildings. They are commonly found in restaurants, stores, theaters and other public buildings across the US.
For example, restroom signs are required to have braille characters to assist people with visual impairments. Another example of a commonly found ADA sign is directional signage for elevator locations for people who require wheelchair access.
What are Compliant ADA sign regulations?
Many businesses have questions about ADA signage requirements. Review this check list below to ensure your building stays compliant with ADA regulations.
VISUALS – ADA signs can feature logos, company colors and graphics to support your branding.
Signs should have non-glare finish and well contrasted colors.
Pictograms can be presented on a 6-inch high field with no characters or braille sharing that field.
FONT & CHARACTERS – Do not use serif fonts. Be sure to use compliant fonts and characters. This is an important part of ADA signs.
Characters can be upper or lowercase, but never italic, cursive, decorative or overly bold.
ADA signs must use a sans-serif font.
BRAILLE – Braille is required for any signs to identify a room, space or area.
Braille dots should be dome-shaped not flat or jagged.
Braille should be located at least 3/8 inch (9.5 mm) below corresponding text and above any borders or decorate elements.
SPACING AND MEASUREMENTS – ADA guidelines dictate a series of spacing and measuring rules to ensure that signs are consistent and clear.
Characters should be placed at least 1/8 inch apart but no more than 4 characters apart.
PLACEMENT – It’s vital that ADA signs are well-placed for optimum visibility and accessibility.
Signs should be placed so that Braille Characters are between 48 and 60 inches above the ground, measured from the baseline of the highest tactile character.
Ceiling or wall projection signs should measure at least 80 inches from the bottom of the sign to the floor.
Stay ADA compliant with Sequoia Signs & Graphics!
Regardless of what industry you are in, you should always be sure your property is meeting the requirements listed above. Here at Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we have extensive experience with creating ADA signage that is not only compliant, but also unique and creative. Call us today at 925-300-1066 to discuss the best ADA signage options for your business.
Sequoia Signs & Graphics specializes in ADA compliant signage. It is a niche area but one that we feel is very important, and not just because it is the law. We recently had the pleasure of working with 360 Fitness in Dublin, CA to design, produce and install ADA signage at their new location.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and has significant requirements that impact the signage industry. At it’s most basic, the ADA Act aims to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of life. In the sign industry, this means that all signs in publicly accessible spaces are required to have tactile lettering and braille. It also means that restrooms must be identified, accessibility needs to be identified and generally speaking, signs should be present to assist people with all disabilities and all handicaps.
Here are a few examples (excuse the pictures as work was not complete when we took these!):
1.) All signs for permanent room locations need to have tactile lettering and braille.
2.) Restroom signs are interesting in California. Did you know that California businesses can no longer have a single-stall, single-sex bathroom? Nope. Not anymore! Have you noticed that there are two signs at every door? That’s because Federal ADA law requires a sign at the latch side of the door, but California ADA law requires a geometric symbol on the door. (Circle for women, Triangle for men or Triangle on a circle for unisex.)
3.) Accessibility is also important. Every accessible entrance needs to have the international symbol of accessibility AND where an entrance in NOT accessible. The signage must clearly direct visitors to an accessible entrance or exit!
Don’t worry, these aren’t things you are expected to know! That’s why we’re here. Just ask the experts at Sequoia Signs & Graphics to ensure your business signs are compliant with ADA requirements!
Our goal at Sequoia Signs is to make only the highest quality signs, with the highest quality materials, on the best equipment in the industry. Above all, impeccable customer service is our #1 priority.