If you own or manage a facility that is open to the public, you need to ensure that all people are able to independently access and exit the building. The 2010 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) sets the minimum requirements for accessibility in government applications, commercial buildings and public spaces for people with disabilities.
As a commercial door hardware installer in New York City, Mr. Locks are committed to working within the regulations and requirements of all New York building code, life safety code and ADA Standards. We are knowledgeable about all ADA standards, and always work within these requirements when we carry out our commercial locksmith services.
If you are planning to build a new commercial building, or upgrade an existing building, you are obliged to meet all requirements that are appropriate for your application. Our security experts will support you in meeting these regulations and help you to choose the right door hardware, including doors, locks, levers, door closers and automatic door openers, panic bar exit devices, hinges, push buttons and alarms.
Full Compliance With ADA Requirements!
Section 4.13.1– 4.13.12 of the ADA legislation deals with door hardware, and outlines the requirements that all government, commercial and public facilities must meet. For example:
- Doorways should have a minimum of 32 inches of clear opening when the door is open at 90 degrees, giving enough room for access.
- If door closers are equipped, the sweep period of the closer from an open position of 70 degrees should be at least 3 seconds.
- There are maximum limitations on the amount of force required to operate a door or latch. This varies depending on the type and location of door. For example, it should take no more than 15 pounds of force to release a latch, and no more than 5 pounds of force to swing interior doors from four inches to open position.
Learn More About ADA From Our Experts
There are ADA minimum standards which apply at a state level and are controlled by state law. There are also ADA requirements which exist under local building and fire codes. These are governed by the Local Authority Having Jurisdiction (LAHJ), and can often be more stringent.
It’s crucial to be aware of all ADA regulations which apply to you. Mr. Locks can help you to determine all ADA requirements for new constructions, commercial buildings or public facilities. Call our commercial experts today to learn more about ADA and how it applies to you.