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ADA Signage - Top Mistakes

Posted by John Grigoli

Dec 7, 2020 4:23:42 PM

Proper ADA signage should be an important part of your facility layout to ensure access for individuals of all abilities. Non-compliance can not only be costly, but can become a barrier to access for your customers, employees and other visitors. Improper signage placement and missing signs are two of the most common areas to consider when reviewing or developing an ADA signage plan. Here are some common mistakes:


#1 Height of ADA Parking Signs - Accessible parking signs should be 60” off the ground at the base of the sign to ensure visibility and also provide adequate space over a vehicle.


#2 Height of Indoor ADA Signage - Signs should be placed between 48” and 60” off the ground. The most common practice is to place interior signs at 54”.



#3 Placement of ADA Signage on or near a door - ADA signs should be placed on the handle side of the door, no more than 18” from the door frame. For a push door, the sign should be placed in the center of the door.




#4 Stairwell Floor Numbers -  Stairwell floor numbers should be placed at every level of your building next to the stairwell exit doors to guide employees and guests through your facility. It also provides important information to police, fire and emergency personnel in case of an emergency.

#5 Stairwell Naming - Many facilities have more than one stairwell. Names should be given to each stairwell to assist with way-finding throughout your buildings. The most common naming conventions are compass directions ( i.e. Northwest Stairwell) or color naming.


#6 Area of Refuge Signs - An area of refuge (aka an area of rescue assistance) is a location in a building designed to safely hold individuals during a disaster or emergency. These areas are created for situations when normal evacuation is unsafe or impossible (typically for disabled people with limited mobility). For example, during a fire, non-mobile residents may be unable to use a stairwell. These individuals are able to wait in an area of refuge until first responders or other rescue personnel are available to assist them. If you have this service in the stairwells of your buildings, you are required to have signage directing people to the safe space and provide detail on location and use.


#7 Accessible Entrances - Inaccessible entrances are required to have an ADA compliant sign  that is correctly placed to direct people to accessible entrances or ramps.


#8 Exit Directional Signs - ADA compliant directional signage is required at all inaccessible exits to provide people with disabilities safe egress.


There are many other elements to consider when evaluating the ADA signage for your building. Our experienced staff of designers, ADA specific equipment operators and installation experts can help guide you in creating a comprehensive and cost effective ADA plan for your facility. Contact Epic Signs & Graphics to set up a consultation or schedule a Zoom call to review important aspects of ADA compliant signage.

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Topics: ADA Compliant Signs Cleveland OH

Give Clients A Chance With Good Office Signs

Posted by John Grigoli

Nov 29, 2013 8:00:00 AM

Office Signs for Cleveland OHPicture this: A patient is running a few minutes late for his appointment at your dental office and not only is he anxious about the impending procedure, he is unable to find suite numbers or company names listed anywhere. After much guesswork, when he finally does reach your office, your receptionist scolds him for being late and tells him that he must reschedule the appointment entirely. Because office signs for identifying suites and directory signs to show people the way were not clear or not available, it was not easy to locate your office. Will your customer be happy to re-schedule?

So much heartache could have been avoided in the scenario above if all businesses and professional offices in Cleveland, Ohio invested in directory and suite signs.

Affordable Way to Direct and Inform

ADA Signs Cleveland OHBut this isn’t solely true of medical professionals. Regardless of whether your organization is a school, law firm or apartment complex, your sign makes the first impression on any potential client or competitor. It is your “signature” and conveys information about your brand long before you ever make the sales pitch. A custom lobby sign is a great way to artfully represent your business, solidify branding and is often an inexpensive way to advertise.

At Epic Signs & Graphics, we are experts in crafting custom designs based on your branding strategy, and can breathe new life into any sign!

Our lobby signs are reasonable in price, and we fabricate office signs and ADA signs with quality materials. Depending on the factors involved we can install with custom frames or stand-offs and can even use double stick tape or double stick magnetic tape for updating plaques as needed, no fuss, no muss. For heavier signage, it’s easy to install studs behind the signs to ensure they are secure and our installation experts can hang all of your signs on your schedule.

Additionally, it is not uncommon for us to mount custom dimensional letters to a pre-installed background panel for a completely finished, high-style lobby sign. Lobby signs can include not just text in a variety of fonts but also your logo or graphics.

We’ve seen and done a little bit of everything over the years. Below are just a few of our favorite ways to get the most out of your directory or suite signs for Cleveland OH.

Best Uses

Our commercial sign company is adept at finding the best uses for directory and suite signs including:

  • Large office complexes - Set yourself apart from the hundreds of other suites contained within the same venue.
  • Office buildings - Imagine your sign or logo on doors, lobbies or reception areas advertising your business 24/7.
  • Medical or dental complexes - Make it easy for patients to find your offices in time for their appointments and avoid scheduling mishaps.
  • Schools - All the way from preschool to universities, show your school pride.
  • Hospitals and laboratories - These areas can make consumers anxious. Why not make it as easy as possible to get around and find the correct room or lab?
  • Imaging and X-ray offices - Whether dealing with broken bones or potential illnesses, being lost should be the last thing your clients have to worry about.
  • Apartment complexes and leasing offices - Let us outfit your apartment complex with a uniform set of numbers.
  • Community libraries and recreational centers - Did you know we can even incorporate braille? With Epic Signs & Graphics, we make sure your signs are in compliance!
  • Gyms and co-ed physical fitness centers - As fun as it is to work out, many folks might not be totally comfortable showering or changing in front of the opposite sex. Our signs can help you designate gendered changing spaces.
  • Banquet halls - Part of the fun of dining in a banquet hall is the name. Show yours proudly with a plaque or suite sign.
  • Convention centers - Notoriously large and designed to house thousands of people at a time. Avoid any unnecessary confusion with our custom interior signs.

Custom office signs are well worth the investment. Especially if it helps to ease tension with your customers and effectively promotes your brand. Give us a call today or click on the action button below to obtain your free quote!

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Topics: Directory and Suite Signs Cleveland OH, Epics Signs & Graphics, ADA Compliant Signs Cleveland OH

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