If you are going to add any type of concrete features to the exterior of your business, you need to make sure that it is going to be compliant with ADA regulations. That's why it is always a good idea to consult with an experienced ADA concrete contractor who knows exactly what the requirements are and how best to achieve compliance.
Let's take a look at some of the most common areas where you will likely need an ADA concrete contractor to keep your business in compliance.
Including a Curb Ramp on Your Sidewalk
Is the route from the parking lot to your entrance blocked by a curb? If so, then you need to add a curb ramp to the sidewalk to make it accessible for those individuals who require a scooter, wheelchair, or some other mobility aid to get around.
Choosing Concrete For Access Ramps
Many businesses add an accessible ramp to make their property accessible to all. These ramps need to meet ADA standards, but there is nothing to specify the material that must be used. All that matters is that the material is slip-resistant and will not collect water. Since concrete is porous and slip-resistant, it makes the ideal choice for accessible routes and ramps at your property. Talk to an ADA concrete contractor about your project to find out more.
Landings Also Need to be Compliant
One area that some general contractors forget, simply because they are not as well versed in ADA regulations as an ADA concrete contractor, is the landing areas for ramps. Accessible ramps must have a landing at both the top and the bottom. These need to be level, the same width as the ramp, and at least 60 inches long. Again, concrete is a common choice of material for these areas.
Do You Need Handrails?
Although not directly related to concrete, handrails are also something you need to consider. If your ramp has a rise over 6 inches, then it is required to have handrails installed on both sides of the ramp. These must meet several requirements as per the ADA guidelines, and your contractor should be able to advise on the right choices.
Choosing a Reputable ADA Concrete Contractor
At Protrk Construction, we only do ADA work. It'sIt's what we live and breathe every day, and this gives us the knowledge and experience to get it right the first time. A considerable percentage of our work comes from business owners who have hired a general contractor only for the work to fail a CASp inspection. It's not malicious on the contractor's part; they just don't have the knowledge required for ADA work. There is very little margin for error. That's why an experienced ADA concrete contractor is the best option for your business. No one wants to end up paying twice!
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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.
Call 415-813-9877 today or visit www.protrkconstruction.com for more details.