According to the latest statistics, 1 in 5 Americans is living with some kind of disability. If your commercial property is not ADA compliant, you are potentially turning away 20% of your customers because they cannot access your property. That thought alone is enough for most business owners to think about accessibility. However, it is not just about making the most of your potential customer base. If your building is found to be non-compliant with ADA regulations, then you could be facing down a costly federal civil rights lawsuit! As an ADA contractor, approximately 54% of our work is helping business owners who have already lost an ADA lawsuit. We can help you to avoid a lawsuit in the first place by making sure you address any non-compliance issues.
How Do You Know How to Be ADA Compliant?
So, you want to be ADA compliant both for the purposes of avoiding a lawsuit and because it is the right thing to do. The next question is, how do you know what to do? That is where an ADA contractor comes in. ADA construction work is the only work that we do. We know the ADA regulations inside and out. We take the responsibility of staying up to date with the latest changes to both ADA guidance and the California Building Code. This means that when we take on your ADA project, we know exactly what needs to be done. There is very little margin for error when it comes to ADA compliance; even a few millimeters can be the difference between compliance and non-compliance.
It is important to choose an experienced ADA contractor as a general contractor may not be as current as they should be with ADA guidelines. One area where we see a lot of non-compliance is in parking lots. Most of the mistakes are because contractors did not fully understand the necessary specifications needed for ADA compliance. This leads to errors such as incorrect striping, inappropriate access aisles, non-compliant ramps, and signage at the wrong height. These are all issues that would need to be put right to avoid an ADA lawsuit. The best course of action is to hire an ADA contractor from the outset and get it right the first time around!
The ADA is Not There to Punish You!
It is important to remember that the ADA is not there just to make you vulnerable to lawsuits and punish you for non-compliance. The guidelines are strict, but they are there for a good reason - to make buildings accessible to everyone. As a business owner, you should always be looking to maximize your potential sales, which means you have to be accessible to everyone!
ADA compliance is not just about avoiding a lawsuit; it is also about being able to serve all of our customers regardless of any disability they might be living with. Contact an ADA contractor today and find out what you need to do to meet ADA requirements for accessibility.
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