Have you taken a look at the latest ADA guidelines recently? If so, you may be struggling with the maximum slope requirements of less than 2.1%. We have heard some general contractors refer to this as an ‘impossible slope.’ That’s why you need to consult an experienced ADA concrete contractor who has the knowledge and skill to execute such a task! It is undoubtedly a very tight requirement in some places, and as we all know, there is little to no margin for error when it comes to ADA compliance. It is worth it to consult the pros and invest in an ADA concrete contractor to manage your project.
Where Do Maximum Slope Limits Apply?
The slope maximums laid out by the ADA guidelines are required anywhere that a member of the public, or one of your employees, needs to walk on. These surfaces must be flat enough to be easily accessible to individuals who have a disability. Some of the situations the guidance applies to include:
- Parking stalls with access aisles that connect to accessible routes
- Curb ramps
- Circulation paths in or around your facility.
- Restroom Floor.
A reputable ADA concrete contractor should offer assistance in making these areas, and others, in compliance with ADA law.
When Does a Slope Become a Ramp?
The maximum slope of under 2.1% applies to open, undefined assembly areas, including landings, parking areas, restrooms, open floor space, intersecting points of pathways, and so on. However, a maximum of 5% running slope is also allowed on walkway surfaces that are not considered a ‘ramp.’ When the slope exceeds 5%, that is when it becomes a ramp and your ADA concrete contractor needs to install edge protectors, handrails and make sure the length is within the ADA guidelines. There is a maximum of 8.3% slope for ramps under 9m in length and 762mm in vertical height. The bottom and top of a ramp like this also need a 1.5m landing with a slope of under 2.1%.
All those numbers can get confusing, right? That’s why you need an experienced ADA concrete contractor to handle your project. There is little margin for error here, and mistakes can mean a federal lawsuit. Let Protrk Construction take care of this for you.
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