Investing In ADA Compliant Sidewalks and Parking Areas Is One Of The Most Vital Investments You Can Make In Your Property
If you are a business owner or property manager, one of the most important (yet often overlooked) responsibilities is to make sure that your parking lot and sidewalks are ADA accessible. One of the fastest growing causes of lawsuits around the country are a lack of ADA compliance among businesses and municipalities.
Additionally, with the continual shifting of concrete over time (typically due to settling, tree roots or heat expansion) it is increasingly important to monitor your sidewalks for trip hazards.
At Cardinal Concrete Services, we have the knowledge and expertise to make sure your property is ADA compliant and trip hazard free. With over three decades of experience, our team can find a way to make sure almost any property is brought up to code.
ADA Compliant Handicap Ramp and Parking Areas
The most important component of reaching ADA compliance is installing a handicap accessible ramp and walkway. For existing buildings and parking areas, this typically involves a certain amount of creative thinking to find the most appropriate location for the ramp in order to achieve proper min./max. slope requirements.
When it comes to proper ramp installation, it is crucial to remember that it is not simply the installation of the ramp that matters, but also the walkway from the ramp to the door. Additionally, the parking area may also need to be reconfigured in order to provide ADA compliant parking.
In most instances ADA compliance projects typically will also involve removal and reinstallation of new parking spaces. Because of the precise requirements and tolerances of ADA parking, the most common approach for parking spaces is to install them in concrete. Concrete allows a level of precision and flatness that is very hard to achieve with asphalt, making it the superior choice for ADA parking areas.
ADA Compliance Remodeling is an increasingly common investment for businesses of all sizes. At Cardinal Concrete Services, we continually work with numerous businesses across Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and North Florida to find ADA compliance solutions for their parking and entryways.
Whether you’re a large business with multiple locations or a small business with a single storefront, we’ve worked with businesses like you before and it would be our pleasure to serve you.
Trip Hazard Removal and Uneven Sidewalk Repair
For owners and managers of businesses, particularly multi-unit dwellings and large office and retail complexes, maintaining sidewalk ADA compliance is an important and ongoing process.
Concrete, while incredibly durable, is often susceptible to separation and shifting. This can be due to several factors including tree roots, concrete expansion (due to heat) and, most commonly, the settling of the base material underneath.
This phenomenon presents a unique challenge for property managers as they strive to maintain proper ADA compliance and eliminate the risk of potential lawsuits as a result trip hazards.
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a trip hazard as a separation of more than 1/4″ (one quarter of an inch). Anything at or above this height in separation can be a liability for your business in the event of an audit or lawsuit.
Cardinal Concrete Services has the equipment and experience to identify and eliminate potential trip hazards in a way that is both fast and cost-effective. More often than not, it is not necessary to remove the entire section of sidewalk just to achieve compliance.
In fact, there are multiple approaches to trip hazard removal that are both fast and cost-effective. These include grinding, cutting, patching and even levelling the concrete.
The key is having a partner that knows what to look for and how to approach the situation.
Our team at Cardinal Concrete Services will be happy to help you resolve your uneven sidewalk and trip hazard challenges by offering inspection, identification and removal services.
If you’re interested in either an inspection or our trip hazard removal services, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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Looking for help with your sidewalk, parking lot or other concrete area? We’d love to help. Give us a call today at (706) 888-3430 and let us know what we can do to serve you.