When it comes to trench grates and overall trench drain systems, ADA compliance can be a confusing topic. That being said, in this article, let’s talk about what ADA compliant grates are. That way, you can best prepare for installing the right system for your needs.
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ADA means American Disabilities Act. This was created in 1990. This law protects those that have disabilities from being discriminated against. By protecting their civil rights, the agency tasked with overseeing this ruling must ensure that regulations are kept.
ADA compliance is something that should be a priority for any contractor, homeowner, or business owner.
You could be held liable for damage to persons or possessions if your project or property is not compliant with ADA regulations. More precisely, if you fail to be ADA compliant in certain contexts, you could be liable for civil lawsuits, fines, loss of insurance, and criminal penalties.
There are several requirements for ADA drainage grates. In general, it’s important to understand that all of these requirements are aimed toward providing better access for those in wheelchairs and other assistive devices.
There are certain requirements specifically that each grate must meet, such as:
- Opening no more than 1 inch wide. (If the openings are larger than 1 inch wide, then there must be a primary direction for the floor of the foot and wheelchair traffic).
- The grate must take the direction and do a count with the long side being perpendicular to it.
- The short side of the opening cannot exceed 1 ½ inch in width.
- The dimensions must be a maximum of 1 ½ inch if there is not a main direction of travel.
- There should be a 2% slope maximum for the surrounding pavement. Again, meeting these requirements are important for ensuring that wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and other devices do not get stuck and endanger anyone’s safety.
The Trench Grate Store can equip you with ADA compliant grates. However, this subject can be more complicated than it may appear on the surface. Be sure to reach out for a comprehensive phone call if you have any concerns.
If you have any other questions about ADA requirements for trench drain grates, we can help. Let’s ensure that you have the best materials for all of your needs — while minimizing risk, injury, and other concerns.