Should You Choose Etched Signs or Other Types of Signs?

Etched Signs

When you need signs for your office, business or establishment, you will often be presented with a wide array of choices that will include etched signs. With the many options before you, choosing the right kind of sign for your needs may seem somewhat difficult or confusing. Should you choose to use engraved signs, or etched signs? What kinds of signs are best for your specific signage requirements?

There are a number of things to consider when it comes to your signs. Included in the considerations is the placement of these signs – whether these are to be placed indoors or outdoors. You will also need to know beforehand whether or not these signs are subjected to the many rules that the ADA has for signage, which is often the case when signs are to be used indoors.

Etched Signs and the ADA

If your signs need to conform to ADA guidelines, then etched signs can be used. Of course, in order for your signs to be ADA compliant, you will need to ensure that the characters and the other markings on your sign are raised instead of recessed, which is often the case when it comes to etched signs. You will need to make sure as well that the background (or the recessed areas of your signs) are in a 70% contrasting color (either darker or lighter than the characters) for this to be considered compliant as well.

There are many rules that need to be followed when it comes to using etching for your indoor signs and included in these rules is the use of non-glare materials. Since etching uses metals as its material, you have to ensure that the metals that you use are non-glossy or non-glare. You can actually paint over the metal if you want to in order to be sure that the result is non-gloss, however if you want to retain the use of the metal color as its background, just ensure that the metal you do choose to use is not shiny or is in a matte finish.

Aside from a non-glare finish, you also need to ensure that the fonts you use for your etched signs (if these need to be ADA compliant) are sans serif fonts. This is to ensure that these are easy to read and not too fancy for those who have difficulty reading such signs due to visual impairments. The use of sans serif fonts is also for those who have to read signs with the use of their fingertips.

Talking about reading with the fingertips, in order for a person with visual impairments to easily read these signs, the copy on these should be tactile or raised. Braille translations of the sign copy should also be made available on these signs and should be placed directly underneath the tactile letters of the sign. Aside from these considerations, you should also ensure that your signs are mounted at a height that is easy to reach. The usual prescribed height for these signs is 60 inches from the middle of the sign to the floor.

Etched signs can be used to create compliant signs, but can also be used for other signs that do not need to follow ADA rules as well. If you are not sure which signs need to be ADA compliant and which ones need not abide by such rules, you should ask experts about this. You can also find out more about ADA compliant signs, rules and regulations by visiting the Americans with Disabilities Act site and check out what rules actually govern the creation and use of these signs.

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