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How to Install or Mount ADA Signs - Instructions, Adhesives, Brackets

ADA Sign Mounting Instructions, Hardware, and Adhesive

ADA Sign Mounting Heights and Instructions

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ADA tactile signs are to be placed in a range from a minimum of 48 inches (or 1220 millimeters) above the finish floor or ground surface measured from the baseline of the lowest set of characters, to a maximum height of 60 inches (or 1525 millimeters) above the finish floor or ground surface measured to the highest tactile character.

  • The baseline of the tactile copy can be mounted between 48” at the lowest point to 60” at the highest point. This allows signs of different sizes to be mounted on the same visual plane. (Elevator cars are excluded from this rule.)
  • Signs should be mounted to the wall on the latch side of the door. If there is no room on that wall, the sign may be mounted on the nearest adjacent wall.
  • Double doors (one active leaf): Sign shall be located on inactive leaf.
  • Double doors (two active leaves): Sign shall be located to the right of right handed door.
  • Although signs can be installed at varying heights, we suggest installing all your signs at 54” from floor to the center of the sign.
  • Signs from ADA Sign Depot come with double sided tape. Remove the tape backing then place the sign on a level and press it firmly in place against the wall.
  • Clear silicone can be added to the back of heavy or larger signs, and can add extra hold for smaller signs. We strongly recommend Lexel Adhesive Caulk. It is superior to silicone.
  • Simply put, the best all-around way to mount signs indoors or outdoors is with anchoring hardware.

A Note on LEED and Low VOC Paints and how they affect sign mounting Paints that are low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are now the most commonly available wall paint. These newer paint formulations have been developed to meet laws intended to help protect our environment. However, these new paint formulations have reduced how well adhesives used to mount signs and other objects to painted walls and doors will adhere. The new low-VOC paint formulations vary a great deal, so much that one sign mounting adhesive may adhere satisfactorily to one paint, but very poorly to another. One of our contractor friends with many years of experience mounting signs offers this direct and undeniably useful advice, "When in doubt, screw it!"

Anchoring ADA signs to walls and doors with hardware solves any LEED/VOC paint problems, as well as preventing sign tampering. And here in California, mounting our signs with hardware keeps them in place during those pesky earthquakes.

How to mount an ADA Sign