Why We Love Detectable Warning Surfaces (and You Should, Too!)

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There are many reasons to love detectable warning surfaces. One of the main reasons is that they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which can save you thousands of dollars in litigation and fines.  They also provide safety for your customers, your visitors, and your employees.

One of the main advantages of a tactile warning surface is that it is detectable in several different ways. The first is it can be felt through most shoes, allowing people (even if they are staring at their phones) to know they are reaching a point where they need to look up and see if it is safe for them to continue forward. They are also detectible by white canes, so people with visual disabilities will know to stop and proceed with caution.

Protecting people is the responsibility of everyone who builds walkways and roads. Letting people enjoy long walks is good for their health and detectable warning surfaces allow them to enjoy their walk in safety because they will know where the sidewalk ends and the road begins.

With a little imagination, you can even make your warning surface attractive and allow it to stand out as an addition to your construction instead of as a distraction. Combining public safety with visual attractiveness is important to the successful architect and construction team. For more information, please call ADA Tile at 800-372-0519.