11 May 2022 By Admin
According to Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA, as it is more commonly known, 60% of public entrances to a building must be accessible. It is also necessary for doors serving parking areas, pedestrian tunnels, and elevated walkways to be ADA compliant. It's all pretty confusing, isn't it? That's why it is important to call on the services of an ADA construction specialist if you are going to be remodeling or upgrading your property.
Let's take a look at some of the requirements to make sure your doors are ADA compliant.
One of the first things that an ADA construction specialist will tell you in regard to ADA doors is that the opening must be a minimum of 32 inches wide and should not exceed a maximum of 48 inches. There must also be a sufficient maneuvering space to allow wheelchair users and users of other mobility devices to turn. A minimum clearance of 18 inches is required for doors that swing outwards, while those that swing inward need a minimum of 12 inches clearance.
Another ADA requirement that an ADA construction specialist may tell you about is the requirement for the lower 10 inches of an ADA door to have a smooth surface. This helps wheelchair users or visually impaired people using a cane to enter doorways more easily. The bottom half of the doorway must also be free from any projections.
First and foremost, an ADA construction specialist will tell you that it is important to make sure you have ADA doors because a Federal Law requires you to! However, there are a few other reasons why it is great for your business.
When considering how to make sure that a door is accessible for people with disabilities, we think about making it wide enough for a wheelchair, installing automatic closers, or adding a braille sign. However, something that is often overlooked is the hardware! As any ADA construction specialist will tell you, the style, placement, and function of door handles, hinges, and latches are all subject to ADA guidelines. Here are a few things that must be considered:
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Why Wait to be "Forced" into ADA Compliance. If you are a public business or public property owner, save money, lawsuits, time and headaches by being prepared and avoiding it all in the first place. It’s time to call in the ADA pros. Use Protrk, an ADA construction expert, to Get it Done Right Prior to Forced Compliance.
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