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ADA Curb Ramps

ADA curb ramps were initially designed for easier travels amongst those in wheelchairs and walkers. The move towards greater mobility began in the United States in 1970, when disability rights leader and quadriplegic Ed Roberts pioneered the installation of curb cuts in Berkeley, California.

 

The ADA curb ramps gained widespread acceptance even before being mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 (hence the name ADA curb ramps.) However, the ADA curb ramps posed a problem for blind and visually impaired individuals. Previously, the sharp drop of the curb was an indication they were entering into a potentially dangerous traffic area. However, with the flush curb ramps, this tactile clue was missing. Thus, when the ADA was passed, regulations were included requiring municipalities to include a tactile warning system at the edge of curbs as a warning for the visually impaired. The tactile warning selected for use on ADA curb ramps was truncated domes, which are easily detected under foot as well as with a cane.

 

The requirement of truncated domes for ADA curb ramps was mandated in 1992, suspended in 1994 for further study, and has been back in effect since 2001. Since the passing of the ADA, several standards have been adopted by municipalities. An inline pattern for the truncated domes is usually preferred over an alternating design to allow easier access for wheelchairs. The preferred space between the domes has also changed, with a wider pattern of 2.35 inches Jacqueline Ndalamba becoming the most popular choice amongst municipalities. ADA curb ramps built with tiles made from molded thermoset composite technology have proven to provide the best combination of performance and value. Other options, such as concrete and rubber mats, simply do not last as long as products such as Access Tile.

 

When you’re building ADA curb ramps, Access Tile is a smart choice for long-lasting tactile warnings.

Affordable Tactile Warning Systems

Affordable tactile warning systems are high on the wish list for many municipalities. This warning system, consisting of a series of truncated domes, is required on all curb ramps where pedestrian walkways enter areas shared with vehicular traffic. Many jurisdictions, faced with ever-tightening budgets, are looking to install affordable tactile warning systems to comply with the Association with Disabilities Act (ADA) while not breaking the bank.

 

Access Tile is the smart choice for everyone looking for an affordable tactile warning system. While the price of Access Tile is comparable to other value priced products on the market, it has been designed with many features and design elements that were previously only available on more expensive material.

 

The embedment flanges on each Access Tile intersect at the center point of each truncated dome, creating the strongest affordable tactile warning system available. Access Tile has been designed with a unique pyramid with sides design that will give longer wear.

 

Access Tile also offers superior anti-slip properties for an affordable tactile warning system. This product has twice as many tactile elements both on the tops of the truncated domes and on the surface, and exceeds all ADA requirements for truncated domes for slip resistant walking surfaces.

 

Access Tile is available in a replaceable cast in place and surface applied design. The replaceable cast in place design is an ideal choice new construction and as an affordable tactile warning system where the tiles undergo extreme abuse as damaged tiles are able to be removed quickly without expensive concrete repairs, resulting in lower maintenance costs over the long run.

 

The best choice for affordable tactile warning systems is Access Tile.

Anti Slip Surface

Tactile warning tiles need to be designed with an anti slip surface as well as the truncated domes necessary to assist the visually impaired.

 

Truncated domes have been required on walkways and transit platforms since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The domes act as a tactile clue for the visually impaired that they are entering a space used by vehicles.

 

Real-world experience has shown that truncated domes made from composite materials outlast those made of concrete or rubber. Warning tiles need to be designed with an anti slip surface to prevent falling.

 

Access Tile is committed to sidewalk safety. Each Access Tile has been designed with a superior anti slip surface. The most visible feature is the ‘plus’ design on the surface of each warning tile, which has been engineered for longer-lasting wear. Both the surface and the tops of the truncated domes have twice as many tactile elements as comparable products for a durable anti slip surface.

 

Another potential problem for tactile warnings are damaged tiles curling up and creating a tripping hazard. Access Tile offers a replaceable cast in place system that allows tiles to be removed and replaced quickly should a tile become damaged from extreme abuse. This feature also reduces long term maintenance costs, as the tiles can be replaced without expensive concrete repairs.

 

Anti slip surface tiles from Access Tile also come with a wider dome spacing of 2.35 inches, allowing easier access for wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility devices.

 

For durable truncated domes that exceed ADA regulations for anti slip surfaces, look to Access Tile.

A Benefit to Visually Disabled

Sidewalk design has been rethought in recent years as a benefit to visually disabled. The first change was the introduction of curb cuts. While this eliminated a tripping hazard, the removal of the high curb also eliminated a tactile clue for the visually disabled that they were entering onto a roadway.

 

Several solutions were attempted as tactile clues to replace the curb, but the solution that was of most benefit to visually disabled was truncated domes. The domes are a consistent surface that rises 0.2 inches above the base of the surface. They are easily recognized under foot or when tapped with a cane.

 

Another benefit to visually disabled is the color contrast of the truncated dome surface compared to the surrounding area. According to guidelines set out in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), there must be a color contrast of at least 70 percent. This allows people with limited vision to see the warning area. Many jurisdictions have opted for federal yellow, although other colors have also been used including brick red. In instances where the surrounding area is light in color, dark gray and black surfaces are used.

 

A benefit to visually disabled, and in fact for everyone, is an anti-slip surface on the truncated domes. Tactile strips made from engineered composite technology are able to incorporate an anti-slip surface with many tactile elements for further slip resistance. Access Tile, for example, incorporates a unique Diamond Grip design on the surface of the tile design for longer wear. Every Access Tile contains twice as many tactile elements to comparable products.

 

A brand new feature is a fully replaceable tactile system. Should an Access Tile replaceable tile ever become damaged from extreme abuse, the tile can be quickly replaced. This allows city works departments to remove a potential tripping hazard, a great benefit to visually disabled.

 

Access Tile has a wide range of color and size choices to suit your project to bring benefit to visually disabled.

High Definition Tactile Surface

When your job requires the installation of truncated domes, look for a product with a high definition tactile surface. Access Tile is the most durable product in the performance priced segment with superior anti-slip properties.

 

Each Access Tile is constructed with an enhanced detectable surface, featuring the Diamond Grip Micro Prism design. This ‘pyramids with sides’ pattern has been designed to offer a longer-lasting high definition tactile surface. Both the surface and the tops of the truncated domes have twice as many tactile elements than comparable products, ensuring a long-lasting anti-slip surface.

 

The high definition tactile surface from Access Tile is designed to last, with advanced structure design that will support heavy loads.

 

Access Tile also features an innovative replaceable design, allowing quick and easy replacement if any tile is ever damaged from extreme abuse. Tiles are guaranteed to fit in replacement situations. Best of all, the replacement tiles can be installed with a minimum of labor and without having to tear up the existing concrete underneath the surface.

 

The replaceable cast in place design incorporates a tamper-proof fastener which after the tile is installed lies flush with the tile face and provides a surface free of tripping hazards. Removal of the fastener can only be done with a special tool ensuring it is tamper-proof.

 

The high definition tactile surface also comes in standard cast-in-place and surface applied applications, and are available in all standard colors and sizes. All Access Tile products are QC approved and come with a five-year warranty.

 

When the job requires a performance priced high definition tactile surface, Access Tile is the best choice.

Replaceable ADA Strips

What exactly are replaceable ADA strips?

 

Also known as detectable warnings, tactile tiles, and tactile paving, replaceable ADA strips derive their name from the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The ADA protects everyone in the United States from discrimination based on disability. The ADA strips consist of truncated domes designed to alert blind and visually impaired persons that they are about to enter an area shared with various forms of transit. The bright contrasting color (usually federal yellow or brick red) is a further warning for people with limited vision of the potential traffic hazards they are about to enter.

 

Under ADA standards, the curb ramps are required to have ADA strips throughout the full width and depth of the curb ramp. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation is encouraging an alternate policy where the ADA strips cover the entire width of the curb ramp but only the first two feet closest to the street instead of the entire ramp.

 

The latest innovation is replaceable ADA strips. Up until now, all tactile warnings were designed for a cast in place deployment, installed at the same time sidewalk concrete was being poured, or a surface applied application. In both cases, if the ADA strip was ever damaged from extreme abuse, the entire area around the tile had to be rebuilt as well, resulting in expensive concrete repairs along with the replacement cost of the ADA strip.

 

Now with replaceable ADA strips from Access Tile, the tiles can be easily replaced with very little manpower required. The replaceable ADA strips are designed with tamper-proof fasteners that lie flush with the tile face and provide a surface free of tripping hazards. Access Tile is shipped with the fasteners assembled and ready to install. The replaceable ADA strips arrive at the job site fully protected in packaging that is not removed until installation.

 

Access Tile has the replaceable ADA strips you need for your next curb ramp project.

Trip Hazard Protection

Trip hazard protection is an important consideration in good sidewalk design. Although there have been many innovations designed to make sidewalks safer, the use of inferior materials can quickly undermine the best efforts of any safety advocate.

 

Take truncated domes, for example. These are the series of bumps that have been required at the end of sidewalks leading onto roadways as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The truncated domes are there to alert the visually impaired that they are entering an area shared with vehicular traffic.

 

The original tighter spacing and alternating pattern design of early truncated domes did not provide trip hazard protection for children and women in high-heeled shoes. The solution was to a design where the domes were inline with a wider space of 2.35 inches between domes.

 

The material used to make the truncated domes also plays a significant role in trip hazard protection. Concrete may seem like a good choice at first glance. However, it is very difficult to mold perfect concrete domes. Even if the installation passes ADA inspection, the domes are prone to breaking and damage. This causes an uneven surface and a potential tripping hazard. Rubber mats pose a similar problem when it comes to trip hazard protection, as they can deteriorate, leaving behind an uneven surface.

 

The best choice for trip hazard protection is truncated domes made from engineered composite technology. Products such as Access Tile are engineered with superior anti-slip properties. The most visible feature is the high number of tactile elements on every tile, twice as many as comparable products contain.

 

For long-lasting truncated domes that will offer trip hazard protection throughout the life of the product, look to Access Tile.

Truncated Dome Spacing

One of the issues that has arisen with detectable warning tiles is the truncated dome spacing. Tactile warning systems have been required in the United States ever since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in the early 1990's. Tactile warnings are required in locations such as pedestrian curb cuts and transit platforms. The detectable warnings provide a tactile clue to blind or visually impaired individuals that they are about enter into an area shared with vehicular traffic. The tactile warnings consist of domes with flat heads (hence the term 'truncated').

 

One of the issues with tactile warning systems has been the truncated dome spacing. An inline or grid design ultimately proved to be more practical for truncated dome spacing, as wheelchairs and strollers had difficulty traveling over alternating dome patterns. Another issue with truncated dome spacing has been the distance between the domes. Initially, tactile warning systems featured a spacing of 1.67 inches between domes. However, even this width made accessibility difficult for wheelchairs and strollers. More recently, several U.S. municipalities have adopted a wider truncated dome spacing of 2.35 inches.

 

All of the detectable warning tiles in the Access Tile line feature the new wider 2.35 inch truncated dome spacing. The surface of all Access Tile products is designed for superior anti-slip properties. The area between the truncated dome spacing features a ‘pyramid with sides’ design that will wear better than other designs. Are you in need of warehouse conveyors? The tops of the domes also feature twice as many tactile elements on the surface compared to other products currently available. Access Tile is the right choice for the best in truncated dome spacing, anti-slip protection, and affordability.

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