Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Best ADA Sign? There is no best for every building. Each set of ADA signs fits the locations in a specific building. Further, there are a lot of styles. We can make a style that fits the feel or theme of your building. It is popular to slightly over spec the signs because this often allows the building to look better than it actually is, driving rents and sales up.
Q: What ADA signs are required? The full answer depends on the building and the inspector along with the local requirements. However, restroom signs (a matched set for door and wall) are always needed. Exit and Entrance signs, fire equipment signs and max occupancy signs are nearly always required. Evacuation maps and public meeting areas also require signs.
Q: Can ADA signs actually improve the property? Yes, like wearing better clothes, or putting icing on a cake, signs can make a boring building look interesting, they allow the building to look better. It is common when buildings are sold because they can improve the price. Good signs also drive up rents, lower vacancies
Q: How can I avoid being sued for ADA problems? There are a series of scams where a person visits your building. They look for any violation and demand enforcement. The fines are very high for this type of violation. Signs are much cheaper than leaving a “hole” for a frivolous suit.
Q: ADA is only about signs? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. It is a wide ranging civil rights law. It covers a lot more than signs
Q: I don't want to spend a fortune on signs, but I don't want a cheap signs either, what can I do? There are a range of materials that are available. There is a good chance that given a budget, we can find a design and material to fit it. Also, there is a minimum required to get your Certificate of Occupancy, and other signs that can be delayed. So there are ways to work within a budget
Q: How long does it take to make a ADA Signs? Normally we make signs to meet a deadline. We can not make great signs overnight, but 2 weeks to 3 weeks is often reasonable,
Q: Can I get material samples? Yes, we routinely give tours and you can see the equipment, meet the craftsmen and have samples. This is the advantage of dealing directly with the manufacturer.
Q: There are a lot of Sign Shops, How can I figure out the best one for me? There are not many manufacturers, there are a lot of brokers. The difference is simple. A lot of sign companies buy your ADA signs from a few places with the skilled craftsmen, the equipment, space and materials to build them. Signs for San Diego is a manufacturer and sells wholesale and direct. You may get our ADA signs through other shops too – same quality, same designs, but with a markup. The choice is yours
Q: Can I mail order ADA signs? Yes, Signs for San Diego builds ADA Signs for companies thousands of miles away. The trick to being successful is to avoid a cheaply built sign and get an expert installation. Price is the least reliable way to judge. You want value, above price. This is often difficult to fully understand from a distance.
Q: Can ADA signs be interesting or unique? Yes, there are requirements, but within the requirements there exists room to do interesting things. The font, the text sizes, the relative braille location and contrasting colors are the bigger requirements. Materials and design are not specified.
Q: What materials are normally used in ADA Signs? The tactile letters are plastic, the raster balls (bumps) are made from nylon, or steel, the base can be anything, but plastic and brushed aluminum are common.
Q: How are ADA Signs made? We have a series of specialized equipment, come and see. Signs for San Diego has a lot invested in skilled staff and equipment.