Is Your Property Accessible To All?
In order to provide service to all of your customers, your business has to comply with the guidelines laid out by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Following these guidelines is about more than just compliance, it shows your customers that you care about the safety and accessibility of everyone who visits your property. At NVM Paving and Concrete, we can make sure that your company meets all these requirements.
Pay Attention to the Ramp Landings
Customers with disabilities usually need to use a ramp to enter your building. At the top and bottom of the ramp, you need to have a landing. If your ramp has many sections, you also need a landing between each one. This landing has to have enough space for people to maneuver a wheelchair or a walker. The ADA recommends that you make these landings 60 by 60 inches. This gives people the space they need to turn onto new sections of the ramp.
Make Sure the Slope is Right
The foundation of the ramp is critical. If your ramp is too steep, it will be difficult for people with disabilities to use it. You should consider the length of your ramp to determine the angle of incline. The ADA suggests that for every 12 feet of the ramp, the surface should rise by one foot at most. At NVM, we can help you evaluate your site to determine how long your ramp should be and what kind of incline you need.
Include Tactile Warnings
You also need to make sure that your site contains tactile warnings. These are the raised domes that you usually see in front of ramps. Some of the people who frequent your business may have a vision impairment that prevents them from seeing where the curb ends. Tactile warnings help signal that people are leaving one surface and entering a new one. We can show you where these need to go to keep all of your customers safe.
If you are ready to install new paving for your business, contact the experts at NVM Paving and Concrete.