Our ADA Signs Expert blogs are written by our sign expert, John Myres, and designed to give you a detailed breakdown of what ADA Signs are all about. Last week, we discussed what ADA Signs are, giving us a firm understanding of these signs. This week, we will dive in a little further, discussing why ADA Signs are needed in a complex, even if they are not required.
Part Two: Why do you Need ADA Signs?
Most retail, commercial, residential and institutional buildings and complexes of any size are required by Federal and State laws to have the various types of ADA signs. These properties include, but are not limited to, offices, apartment buildings, theaters, health care facilities, schools, government buildings and retail shopping centers. If you are unsure whether your project is included, just call Landmark Signs and we will be able to tell you if your project has ADA Signage needs.
Of course, virtually all new buildings are required to have proper and up-to-date ADA signs and features. And typically, any time you remodel a portion or all of your facility, you will be required to bring them up to the current standards as well.
In addition to this, while you may think that your building or property is up-to-speed because work was done just a few years ago, the regulations are constantly evolving and becoming more stringent, almost on a yearly basis. It is typically very likely that your building is out-dated, and you may not even know it.
Whether or not there is a question of if you should provide ADA signs for your property, it may be best to prevent legal liabilities. If in the case that a lack of ADA signs or features such as ramps and restrooms is cause for injury to a handicapped person, you may be liable for those damages. If your property is up to current standards, you will be able to protect your property from such liabilities.
Furthermore, if we can make our properties more accessible for the disabled, why not do so? Even if your property does not technically require ADA Signs, it never hurts to be compassionate and kind. Helpful handicap accessibility can be a source of good will that can go a long way towards creating a positive reputation both for yourself and your properties in your community.
Generally, people will not make a move until they are forced to do it. This sends a message of procrastination and irresponsibility. Instead, take the initiative. Why not be the first business, bank, commercial building or retail store that can truthfully advertise, “We care because we have upgraded all of our buildings for the disabled, even when we didn’t have to?”
Whatever your desire or required need is, you can trust Landmark Signs to meet it. We have the knowledge and expertise to both determine exactly what is required for your property, and to come up with creative solutions that are both functional and beautiful. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you!
Check back in with us next read to read Part Three: How can I have a Sign that’s Attractive and Still Meets the Regulations?
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