ADA Compliance Upgrades in San Francisco

At Shell Door Service, Inc., we firmly believe every person, regardless of their physical abilities, should be able to feel safe and comfortable in their San Francisco home. However, we know that for some people, especially those whose movement has recently been curtailed, can find it hard to express their independence if their home isn’t equipped to deal with their specific needs. Thankfully for you that is where we come in.

With a wealth of experience in all aspects of the door and gate service industry, there is no job too big or task too small for our dedicated team of specialists at Shell Door Service, Inc.. This is particularly true when it comes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. We know that adhering to ADA standards is not something that all door and gate installation teams take very seriously but for us it is of the utmost importance.

So, if you are looking to make necessary changes to your San Francisco home or public property but want to make sure that all relevant ADA guidelines are adhered to, then you need to contact us today. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Established in 1990, the ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individual with disabilities in all areas of public life and all public and private places that are open to the general public. From our perspective, ADA guidelines provide protections to those individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment and transportation, as well as state and local government.

ADA guidelines are designed to ensure proper access to the built environment for people with disabilities. ADA standards establish thorough and in-depth requirement for the construction and alteration of facilities are applicable in homes, places of public accommodation, commercial facilities as well as state and local government agencies.

In reference to the ADA, Title III (Public Accommodations) and the Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities is of particular importance. This title prohibits private places of public accommodation from discriminating against individuals with disabilities.

So, if you are the proprietor, manager or lease-holder of facilities like a hotel, restaurant retail store, doctor’s office, golf courses, private schools, health clubs, sports stadiums, movie theaters,etc., then you have a duty of care to make sure that people who use a wheelchair or any other form of assisted mobility have access to your property.

What We Do

At Shell Door Service, Inc., we take our responsibilities in this respect very seriously and we always make sure that any ADA compliance upgrades that we work on are of the highest possible standard possible. To achieve these targets, we make sure that the alterations and new construction we work on are as detailed and thorough as possible.

If necessary, we can also help public buildings remove barriers in existing buildings without much difficulty or expense. By doing so, we make it easier for people with disabilities to access properties of this nature.

What Upgrades Are Necessary to Be in Compliance With ADA?

The ADA applies to a wide range of exterior and interior design standards. Doors form a large component of ADA accessibility law. And since we’re the door specialists in San Francisco, whose better than Shell Door Service, Inc. to give you the rundown on compliance?

So in order to help you out and give you an idea of what you’ll need to think about before buying your new doors, we’ve created a little guide. Our guide is based on the up-to-date information available publicly through the United States Access Board website, www.access-board.gov. So if you want to do further research, that’s the place to go.

ADA Compliant Public Entrances

When building new commercial spaces, at least 60% of the public entrances need to be accessible. That means it’s possible to have some entrances that are not accessible, but the majority of them need to be. This includes entrances from parking garages, from parking lots, and main entrances.

When building accessible landings that are wheelchair accessible, it’s necessary to construct the landing with enough clearance for a wheelchair and the door opening. The wheelchair user should not have to roll back onto the ramp in order for the door to open.

ADA Compliant Doors

Automatic doors that are either activated by a button or by a motion sensor. At Shell Door Service, Inc. we offer a range of automatic doors and automatic door components to make your property accessible. Accessible doors need to have a minimum clearance width of 32 inches. That means the actual door frame must be 34 inches to accommodate the width of the door itself when it is open at 90°.

Although we recommend installing one of Shell Door Service, Inc.’s automatic doors, it’s not always necessary or even possible. Door handles must be wheelchair accessible, which means they should be situated 34 inches from the ground. They should be operable with one hand and not require twisting of the wrist (as with round doorknobs), a tight grip, or pinching. As a rule, manual doors should be operable with a loose grip or a closed fist.

When the door opens, there should be enough room for a wheelchair to sit comfortably in the space in front of the swinging door. If the door opens into a hallway with another door in it, there must be enough clearance for both doors to open and close with a wheelchair in the hall. It is important to choose the right kind of doors for the way the hallway is engineered. At Shell Door Service, Inc. we can help.

The threshold of an ADA compliant door cannot exceed ½ inch for any new construction. The edges need to be beveled so that a wheelchair can easily roll over it. The slope cannot be steeper than 1:2. This applies to sliding doors as well as swinging doors.

Contact Us for Any Further Questions on ADA Compliance

As San Francisco’s door experts, we are committed to ensuring that our work is accessible for residents. We can answer any questions you might have on ADA compliance. Contact us today!