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Architects Keen on ADA Ramps Design

ADA ramps are being specified in architectural design with increasing frequency these days, now that the truth is out there. With greater awareness comes greater implementation! Architects are finally becoming more educated on Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), as well as, the different materials available for ADA ramps and other detectable warning systems. During the infancy of ADA ramps, architects didn’t want to be held accountable if their buildings failed to meet federal regulations, meaning increased costs and inconvenience for their clients. In response, and addressing their fear of the unknown, some manufacturers provided free seminars to architects, presenting different materials and regulations for AIA credits.

Cost and maintenance issues can arise, almost unknowingly, if no particular detectable warning system is specified. In this case, the job contractor is likely to employ the least expensive system. This may include stamping the concrete, or the use of pavers, and in either case, will not stand up to certain, harsher outdoor environments. This has proven to be the case in numerous instances over the past five years of experimentation and limited implementation. When stamping is used, it is rarely compliant right from the get-go as it is too difficult to create the exact dimensions of the domes as specified. Stamping and pavers can exhibit breakage of domes and fading of the material in a short period of time. Aside from all that, they’re also not nearly as aesthetically pleasing as high-end ADA ramps.

Architects and structural design companies are now behind ADA ramps 100% because, after being tested in the field, have proven to be much more durable in material and appearance than their flawed predecessors.

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