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Welcome to the Interior AdVantage Program where we will bring you ADA Signage Simplified.

The wholesale manufacturer you have come to know, trust, and associate with the highest quality of exterior architectural signage expanded its vast series of signage systems to include a completely modular interior line.

Consisting of 75% recycled material alloy aluminum extruded frames, non-glare lenses having ADA compliant tactile and Grade 2 Braille capabilities, and easily changed paper graphic inserts, the HID Interior Sign System offers an attractive, comprehensive solution for all interior identification/wayfinding projects.

Backed with our expertise and support, you will become knowledgeable and confident in undertaking interior signage projects of all magnitudes.

Program Details

We have created an informational tool to build confidence and educate you in the world of interior and ADA required signage. The sections below take you through a logical explanation of what exactly ADA signage is and when you need to use it. We break down how to tackle an interior sign survey and then give installation guidelines. With our HID Standardized program, you will no longer fear the words "tactile" and "braille".

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Facts You Should Know About Our Systems

  1. You get everything you need: 75% recycled aluminum frame, lens, replaceable paper insert (optional), mounting instructions (ADA Compliant).
  2. One flat price. Everything is manufactured here.
  3. Choice of Flat or Radius profiles at no additional charge.
  4. Attractive rubber dividers create individual lens sections maximizing readability and functionality
  5. Optional End Caps in a variety of materials (wood, marbled acrylic and aluminum) and shapes for custom designs.
  6. We provide you with templates for eay in-house printing of paper inserts, using conventional software programs.

Sell it in 5!

  1. Single source both frames & ADA ready lenses in our completely modular sign system Stop paying the additional fees multiple times; get everything from the same vendor!
  2. Ready for the unexpected with easy installation methods Predrilled mounting holes and VHB (Very high bond) double sided tape included
  3. Nothing to sweat about Our Micro Dot backer design prevents paper wrinkling from exposure to moisture the air.
  4. SAVE TIME, SAVE MONEY, AND SAVE SPACE. Not a new concept, just a great one done right.
    No need to store old signs, worry about patching or repairing walls; print the new graphic and recycle the old paper insert.
  5. Predetermined sign standards for full facility applications, making big projects a breeze. Working hard to give you the confidence you need to approach large clients with a professional package.

ADA Display Showroom Options

Wall Mount Stand Mount
ADA Wall Mount sample kit
Display Panels can be attached to your showroom wall with Velcro (Not supplied) or hanging on screws (Not Supplied) through holes in Panels
ADA Display Panel sample kit
Display Panels can be shown on your showroom countertops with Acrylic Stand (Supplied). Panel tops can be attached together with Velcro. Spread the Panel bottoms apart and set inside Acrylic Stand as Shown

Typography & Symbols

Copy must be all upper case and raised at least 1/32". Tactile characters must be sans serif and may not be italic, not oblique, script or highly decorative.

Character Proportions

The stroke width of the upper case “I” has to be 15% of the letter height or less. The character width of the uppercase “O” must be between 55% and 110% of the height of the corresponding uppercase “I”.

Rules for Acceptable Tactile Fonts

Copy must be all upper case and raised at least 1/32". Tactile characters must be sans serif and may not be italic, not oblique, script or highly decorative.

Interior Sample kit character Proportions

Character Proportions

The stroke width of the upper case “I” has to be 15% of the letter height or less. The character width of the uppercase “O” must be between 55% and 110% of the height of the corresponding uppercase “I”.

Copy Height for Tactile Information

Limited to be between 5/8" and 2". (If separate visual characters are provided raised characters can be 1/2" and need not contrast with background.

Braille

Must be Grade II with contractions. Braille is to be placed directly below the corresponding raised characters. If text is multi-lined, braille is placed below entire text and separated 3/8" from any other tactile characters and 3/8" minimum from raised borders and decorative elements. The shape of braille characters must always be rounded. Almost always lower case. Uppercase is only used before the first word of sentences, proper nouns and names, individual letters of the alphabet, initials and acronyms.

ADA tactile Braille

Rules for Visually Read Information

The following information applies to all information that is to be read visually; it also applies to dual purpose raised graphics.

Acceptable Characters

Visual characters can not be italic or oblique, script or highly decorative.

Finish and Contrast

Characters or symbols and their background are to have a non-glare finish. The color of raised characters must contrast as much as possible with their background to make signs more legible for persons with low vision. Characters must be light on dark or dark on light. 70% contrast is a good rule of thumb.

Pictograms

Pictograms are to be located within a 6" vertical void. No characters or braille can be located within this field. Text descriptors are to be located directly below the pictogram.
Interior ADA Sample Kit Pictograms

Restrooms and Bathing Facilities

The International Symbol of Accessibility must be displayed at accessible restrooms and bathing facilities if all restrooms and bathing facilities are not accessible. Directional signs must be provided at the inaccessible locations, and these signs must include the International Symbol of Accessibility and follow visual character guidelines.

Means of Egress

Inteiror ADA Sample Kit Evacuation Signs

“Means of Egress” refers to the ability to exit a structure, and is broken into three parts: the path of travel to an exit, the exit itself, and the areas of refuge. Exit doors require signs that comply with tactile and visual character requirements, while area of refuge and directional signs must comply with visual character requirements.

Copy Size vs. Horizontal Viewing Distance

Visual characters shall be 40" minimum above the finish floor or ground.

Visual Character Height Table

Height to Finish Floor or Ground from Baseline of Character Horizontal Viewing Distance Minimum Visual Character Height (Based on Uppercase "I"
40 inches (1015 mm) to less than or equal to 70 inches (1780 mm) Less than 72 inches (6 feet) (1830 mm)
72 inches (6 feet) (1830 mm) and Greater
5/8 inch (16 mm)
5/8 inch (16 mm), plus 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) per foot (305 mm) of viewing distance above 72 inch (6 feet) (1830 mm)
Greater than 70 inches (1780 mm) to less than or equal to 120 inches(3050 mm) Less than 180 inches (15 feet) (4570 mm)
180 inches (15 feet)(4570 mm) and Greater
2 inches (51 mm)
2 inches (51 mm), plus 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) per foot (305 mm) of viewing distance above 180 inches (15 feet) (4570 mm)
Greater than 120 inches (3050 mm) Less than 252 Inches (21 feet) (6400 mm)
252 inches (21 feet)(6400 mm) and Greater
3 Inches (75 mm)
3 inches (75 mm), plus 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) per foot (305 mm) viewing distance above 252 inches (21 feet)(6400 mm)

Standard Symbols

Interior Sample Kit Mens Room with handicap Interior ADA Sample Kit Men Interior ADA Sample Kit Shower ADA Family Restroom Interior ADA Sample Kit Staff Interior ADA Sample Kit Unisex Interior Sample Kit Woman Interior ADA Sample Kit Woman Handicap Interior ADA Sample kit women

Location of Permanent Room ID Sign

Interior ADA Sample Kit Room ID Sign

Permanent room signs are to be located at doorways:

  1. This gives the visually impaired a location cue.
  2. Signs mount on the strike side of the door (Primary Mounting Option)
  3. Minimum Height: Baseline of lowest tactile copy, mounted no lower than 48" above floor
  4. Maximum Height: Baseline of highest tactile copy, mounted no higher than 60" above floor
  5. If the door opens outward:
    • To protect the tactile reader from an outward swinging door, the sign needs to be mounted outside of the arc of the door swing.
    • The raised characters on a permanent room ID are to be centered within an 18" square clear floor space.

Secondary Mounting Option

  1. If there is no room for the sign on the strike side of the door, then it can be placed on the nearest adjacent wall.
  2. Minimum Height: Baseline of lowest tactile copy, mounted no lower than 48" above floor
  3. Maximum Height: Baseline of highest tactile copy, mounted no higher than 60" above floor



secondary mounting option if primary and secondary options are not applicable

Door Mounting Option

  1. If the sign is mounted on the push side of the door (that swings inward)
  2. If the door automatically closes
  3. If the door has no hold open devices (Restrooms, Hotel Rooms & Fire Exits)
  4. Minimum Height: Baseline of lowest tactile copy, mounted no lower than 48" above floor
  5. Maximum Height: Baseline of highest tactile copy, mounted no higher than 60" above floor



ADA Double Door Mount Scenario

Double Doors

  1. If only one door opens, the sign should be mounted to inactive door.
  2. If both doors open, then the sign will mount to the right of the right hand door.
  3. Minimum Height: Baseline of lowest tactile copy, mounted no lower than 48" above floor
  4. Maximum Height: Baseline of highest tactile copy, mounted no higher than 60" above floor
  5. Maximum Height: Baseline of highest tactile copy, mounted no higher than 60" above floor
Adjacent Wall of Double Doors
  1. If there is no room for the sign on the right side of the door, then it can be placed on the nearest adjacent wall.
  2. Minimum Height: Baseline of lowest tactile copy, mounted no lower than 48" above floor
  3. Maximum Height: Baseline of highest tactile copy, mounted no higher than 60" above floor

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all signs need to be ADA compliant? No. Several signs are exempt from ADA codes including building addresses, building directories, company names and logos, menus, occupant names, seat and row designations in assembly areas, signs in parking facilities (except accessible parking space signs), signs not located in public use areas in detention and correctional facilities, and temporary signs which are used for seven days or less. Learn more at www.ADA.gov.

What sign types need to follow ADA guidelines? All permanent rooms and spaces are required to have an ADA compliant sign providing identification. Life safety signs identifying doors at exit passage ways, exit discharge and stairwells are required to be ADA compliant and include raised characters and Braille copy. Overhead, flag-mounted and wall-mounted signs that direct or identify need to follow ADA guidelines but do not require tactile copy.

Does ADA require a name or a number to identify a space? Rooms that contain equipment that cannot easily be moved, like kitchens and restrooms, are identified by name. For spaces that may change, like offices or cubicles, alphanumerical addresses are acceptable.

Does Cubicle signage need to be ADA compliant? If cubicle furniture is not bolted to the floor, ceiling or any other part of the architecture, then it is a movable piece of furniture and not covered by the Standard. If the cubicle is not fixed then the sign attached to the cubicle is not permanent and therefore would not need to comply with the Standard. However, Howard Industries recommends compliance as if the sign were fixed as you have an obligation to provide effective communication and possibly reasonable accommodations for employees under the regulations. If cubicle furniture is affixed to the structure, alphanumerical addresses are acceptable; only the number must be ADA compliant not the changing name.

Do I have to update my current signage? If signage in existing facilities already complies with the 1991 ADA, and is not being altered, you are not required to update it with changes in the 2010 Standards.

If you need to purchase a new sign; do you have to follow the new regulations? Yes. If altering existing signage (i.e. ordering new sign or replacement parts), new regulations are required to remain ADA compliant.

Are there any ADA changes for symbol signage? Yes. Pictograms need a vertical field of 6 inches. Raised characters and Braille cannot be located in this field. The equivalent verbal description needs to be placed directly below the pictogram field.

Is Helvetica Medium (HMC) Copy Style ADA compliant? No. Though once compliant and considered the industry standard ADA copy style, HMC is no longer compliant due to the thickness of the stroke. Howard Industries recommends using Helvetica Regular (HRC) for visual consistency.

Do I need evacuation maps in my facility? Although codes vary state to state, it is highly recommended. Evacuation maps, when required, must include a floor plan with an evacuation route, location of safety items, outside meeting location, and emergency protocols. Evacuation maps do not require raised characters or Braille. Since local ordinances override federal, please verify with your municipality.

Is ADA stairwell signage necessary? Yes. A tactile/Braille sign is required on the floor side leading into the stairwell that says EXIT (a stair number and graphic can be added but do not need to be tactile). A tactile/Braille sign is also required on the inside of the stairwell next to the door that says the floor number (it can read FLOOR 6 or just 6). At the point of exit discharge from the building there needs to be an EXIT sign next to that door in tactile/Braille. Also many local fire codes require a visual-compliant minimum sign size of 18 inches high by 12 inches wide for each floor in all stairwells identifying floor level, stair level, roof access, and level of exit. Depending on building type and state code, these signs may be required to be photoluminescent. Since local ordinances override federal, please verify with your municipality.

Starting Points to an Interior Survey

Gathering as much information as possible from the client:

Starting Points for Interior Signage Survey
  1. Ask for an interior floor plan: These plans should include every floor of every building you are going to sign. Ask for these plans in a .PDF format (the most user friendly file format)
  2. Message schedule development:
    1. Take the floor plans and do a mock survey. Mark where you think signs should be located. Now you can probably tell if they are restrooms, but you may not know if they are Unisex/Mens/Womens/Handicap Accessible/etc. When you do the actual survey, you will be prompted to find out.
    2. Have your client start to gather a message schedule. Eventually, you are going to need to know each room’s permanent name (Linen Closet, Exam 11, Restroom, etc.). Use the chart at the top of the next colomn to help you on your survey, while your client uses it to develop a message schedule.
Room # Map # ADA Copy Message Type
Mens 35 MEN Man Pictogram Wall Mount
Locker Room 33 MENS LOCKER ROOM Authorized Personnel Only Wall Mount
G41 37 G41 Soiled Utility Wall Mount
Elevator Elevator IN CASE OF FIRE DO NOT USE ELEVATOR background color Wall Mount
Stair A 28 STAIR A GROUND LEVEL background color Wall Mount
Stair A 28 EXIT STAIR A background color Wall Mount
Exam 27 27 EXAM 27 background color/vinyl backer Window Mount
Exit Exit EXIT background color Wall Mount

Sign Placement Map

Use your “color coded key” to layout sign placement
If signs are mounted on a window, a vinyl backer can be applied.

Interior ADA Sample Kit Sign Placement Map

ADA Restroom Standards

Restroom Family Handicap Restroom Men Handicap Restroom Men Restroom Staff Restroom Unisex Handicap Restroom Unisex Shower Handicap Restroom Women Handicap Restroom Women
Signage Options Size Flat Radius Pricing
Women Handicap 8" x 8.5" WMP-F858RWH WMP-R858RWH $68.24
Unisex Handicap 8" x 8.5" WMP-F858RUH WMP-R858RUH $68.24
Men Handicap 8" x 8.5" WMP-F858RMH WMP-R858RMH $68.24
Unisex Shower Handicap 8" x 8.5" WMP-F858RUSH WMP-R858RUSH $68.24
Women 8" x 8.5" WMP-F858RW WMP-R858RW $68.24
Staff 8" x 8.5" WMP-F858RS WMP-R858RS $68.24
Men 8" x 8.5" WMP-F858RM WMP-R858RM $68.24
Family Handicap 8" x 8.5" WMP-F858RFH WMP-R858RFH $68.24
* Pricing includes printed paper insert, printed pictogram and raised tactile copy with Grade 2 Braille.

ADA Stairwell / Egress / Elevator Standards

Signage Options Size Flat Radius Pricing
Elevator In Case of Fire 10" x 8.5" WMP-F8510EL WMP-R8510EL $85.55
Area of Refuge 10" x 8.5" WMP-F810R WMP-R810R $74.30
Stair and Exit 4" x 8.5" WMP-F854STEX WMP-R854STEX $59.00
Stairwells 18" x 14" WMP-F1418STW WMP-R1418STW $296.36
Exit 3" x 6" WMP-F603EX WMP-R603EX $40.00
* Pricing includes printed paper insert, printed pictogram and raised tactile copy with Grade 2 Braille.

Room ID One Line Tactile
Signage Options Size Flat Radius Pricing
Room ID-2 Lines of Copy 4" x 8.5" WMP-F854ID2 WMP-R854ID2 $53.00
Room ID-3 Lines of Copy 5" x 8.5" WMP-F855ID3 WMP-R855ID3 $60.00
Room ID-4 Lines of Copy 6" x 8.5" WMP-F856ID4 WMP-R856ID4 $66.18
Slider Room ID-4 Lines 8" x 8.5" WMP-F858SID4 N/A $121.99
Room ID-1 Line of Tactile 3" x 8.5" WMP-F853ID1T WMP-R853ID1T $47.75
Room ID-2 Lines of Tactile 4" x 8.5" WMP-F854ID2T WMP-R854ID2T $59.00
Small Room ID-1 Line of Tactile 3" x 6" WMP-F603ID1T WMP-R603ID1T $40.00
* Pricing includes printed paper insert and raised tactile copy with Grade 2 Braille.

Ceiling Mount Projection Mount
Signage Options Size Flat Radius Pricing
Projection Mount-DF 6" x 12" PWML-F612DF PWML-R612DF $123.84
Projection Mount-SF 6" x 12" PWML-F612SF PWML-R612SF $92.92
Ceiling Mount-DF 6" x 12" CML-F612DF CML-R612DF $131.84
Ceiling Mount-SF 6" x 12" CML-F612SF CML-R612SF $66.92
* Pricing includes printed paper insert. Ceiling hanger hardware is an additional $76.00 a pair.

Special Features

1.) Black Micro Dot Panel

Supports paper insert and is removable with the suction cup for installation

2.) HID Aluminum Extrusion

The innovative design of the extrusion permits use for both flat and radius sign options (Once sign is constructed in the chosen sign style, you can not change)

3.) Pre-drilled Mounting Holes

Standard at 3/16 of an inch dia.

4.) Pressure Tabs

Secure end caps to extruded frame and provide a fastener-free finished appearance

5.) 2mm Sintra Back Panel

Joins the extrusion pieces

6.) .125" Simulated Aluminum End Caps

Standard end caps are simulated aluminum, however other materials such as 1/2" wood and marbled acrylic are also available

7.) Double-Stick Tape

Is to be used in conjunction with silicone or additional mounting methods
*Signs over 3" x 6" are recommened to be Mechanically Fastened

Special Features for ADA Interior Signs

Installation

Step 1

Step 1: Using the provided suction cup, gently remove clear lens and paper graphic insert and set aside.

Using the provided suction cup, gently remove clear lens and paper graphic insert and set aside.



Step 2

Step 2: Again using the provided suction cup, remove black micro dot panel exposing the pre-drilled mounting holes on the inside of sign.

Again using the provided suction cup, remove black micro dot panel exposing the pre-drilled mounting holes on the inside of sign.



Step 3

Step 3: Position sign on wall in the desired location and lightly mark the pre-drilled mounting holes. Holes are 3/16

Position sign on wall in the desired location and lightly mark the pre-drilled mounting holes. Holes are 3/16" dia.



Step 4

Step 4: Utilizing the marks made in step 3, drill mounting holes in wall and insert anchors where appropriate. Anchors not included.

Utilizing the marks made in step 3, drill mounting holes in wall and insert anchors where appropriate. Anchors not included.



Step 5

Step 5: Remove paper from pre-positioned double-side tape and use to temporarily fasten sign to wall for hardware insertion.

Remove paper from pre-positioned double-side tape and use to temporarily fasten sign to wall for hardware insertion.



Step 6

Step 6: Permanently secure sign to wall using appropriate hardware. Hardware not included.

Permanently secure sign to wall using appropriate hardware. Hardware not included.



Step 7

Step 7: Reinsert black microdot panel, making sure it is positioned in the far most positioning slot.

Reinsert black microdot panel, making sure it is positioned in the far most positioning slot.



Step 8

Step 8: Reinsert paper graphic and clear lens; non-glare side face out.

Reinsert paper graphic and clear lens; non-glare side face out.





Using the Double-Stick Tape to Install

  1. Double Stick Tape (Install Option)
  2. Using the suction cup, remove the non glare lens from the sign face.
  3. Insert the paper graphic. The graphic size should be the same size as the non glare lens or slightly smaller.
  4. Reinsert the non glare lens over the graphic and into the sign extrusion.
  5. Turn the sign over and peel backing off the double-stick tape.
  6. Hold sign flush and level to desired area and apply pressure for sign adhesion to wall.
    *Signs over 3' x 6' are recommended to be Mechanically Fastened.
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