No matter your industry, your commercial building is required to be ADA compliant in order to offer your service to individuals with disabilities. It’s well known that signage and handicap parking spaces must be visible to anyone who requires assistance. However, most commercial property owners overlook the importance of making your property’s handicap curb ramps easily seen.
Here’s a closer look at why painting a handicap ramp is necessary and how your local porter service can ensure your property remains in compliance with ADA requirements.
Why Do You Have to Paint a Handicap Ramp?
Your handicap ramps are essential to your property. Individuals that use them must know they are present and how steep their elevation levels are.
Improper painting can lead to hazardous situations for those with disabilities and could leave you, the property owner, liable if an injury occurs due to a poorly painted or labeled ramp.
In order to provide safe access to users, your ramps should always:
- Use bright, essential colors
- Utilize signage that indicates where a ramp begins
- Clearly display any shifts in elevation throughout the ramp
How Much of the Ramp Must Be Painted?
In order for your ramp to be visible both from a distance and close up, the entirety of the ramp should be painted. It is also recommended that you place reflection tape along the edges of your ramp to ensure that users can easily see where the ramp begins and navigate it safely.
Are Handicap Ramps a Specific Color?
While there are color requirements for handicap parking spaces, the ADA has no regulations that dictate what color a property should paint its ramps. So, when approaching a handicap ramp paint job, make sure to take these considerations into mind when selecting an easily visible paint color.
Check Your Surroundings
Survey the surrounding area of your ramp. Are the buildings lighter? Are they darker? Is the area heavily shaded?
Make sure that no matter what the surrounding colors are of your access ramp, that the paints you use heavily contrast them and stand out.
For example, if the surrounding area is a light concrete, bright yellow, red, or blue paint can easily catch the eye. However, if the area is dark (like a parking lot) or shaded, white paint is your best bet at safely guiding visitors across your property.
If your business brings in a lot of activity in the evening, keep all of your clientele in mind and paint your ramps with fluorescent paints. This increases evening visibility for your ramp access and keeps your customers safer and comfortable on your property at all hours.
How Can Your Porter Service Company Help?
Your porter service provider is responsible for managing and maintaining the exterior of your property. When you join up with a company like Integrity Porter & Services, you’re guaranteed that your property rests under all-seeing eyes.
We go above and beyond to keep the properties we service pristine at all times. If we notice your parking lot striping, handicap signage or ramp paint is fading, we’ll let your management know as soon as possible and come up with a solution that resolves the issue quickly.
Keep Your Property Safer With Integrity Porter & Services
If you want your commercial property to look great and maintain its value for years to come, the team at Integrity Porter & Services is ready to help. Our services range from painting to pressure washing, and even graffiti removal.
We prioritize the properties we serve and are confident that our services will let the true curb appeal of your commercial property shine. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.