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ADA Compliance: Uneven Concrete Risks

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ADA compliant The Risks of Uneven Concrete

ADA Compliance: Uneven Concrete Risks

Keeping your commercial property or residence within ADA compliant guidelines is a must for any business. Sidewalks, patios, parking lots, and steps are all included in the required structures that must be kept free of the hazards of uneven concrete.

ADA Compliant Concrete Sidewalks

Keeping your sidewalks safe is important on your commercial property for all visitors. ADA guidelines state that there can not be more than a quarter-inch in vertical height between sections of sidewalk. That standard will reduce the potential of tripping while also adding uniformity to your property. Joints are the most common areas that need to be addressed.

ADA-compliant sidewalks are especially important in regards to wheelchair-bound visitors. Per ADA guidelines state that sidewalks must be three feet as a minimum. Sidewalks that are less than five feet wide require passing areas every 200 feet. Passing areas must be sixty inches square.

ADA Compliant Curb Ramps

Curb ramps are required to have a slope of 1:12 ratio. Although there are no ADA requirements on the material used for curb ramps, there is a requirement for the ramp to be slip-resistant and not pool water. With continued use and ware, along with Houston’s moisture, pooling often becomes a problem over time, and ramps are prone to settling after installation, so regular inspection is highly recommended.

ADA Compliant Ramp Landings

Curb ramps must have a landing at the top and bottom of the curb ramp. Additional compliance regulations include:

·         All ramps must be level

·         The landing must be as wide as the ramp with a minimum width of 60 inches

ADA Compliant Handrails

Handrails are required on all curb ramps with a rise of more than six inches and are required on both sides of the ramp.

Let Us Help You Maintain ADA Compliance

Concrete sidewalks, patios, stairs, and curb ramps are used in many variations on commercial properties. Concrete that is broken, cracked, and uneven can create tripping hazards that are dangerous to those who may require assistance navigating your property. Replacing uneven concrete is many times unnecessary, not to mention extremely cost-prohibitive. Let us help you level your concrete and stay ADA compliant.

Let Us Help With Your ADA Compliant Uneven Concrete

If you have uneven concrete and need to bring your home or business within ADA compliant guidelines, give us a call at 832-995-2000, and Leveled and we can schedule a free inspection to help walk you through your options.