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Handicap Ramps

Handicap Ramps are an essential structural piece for businesses seeking to becoming ADA compliant. Whether the ramp is made from wood, asphalt or concrete; it’s main purpose is to allow handicap access to buildings and businesses as well as sidewalks and crosswalks. The way this is accomplished, is by providing a gradual slope (often with a flat resting area depending on height) to allow wheelchairs or persons with disabilities whether temporary or permanent easier access to the businesses main entrance.

3 Brothers Masonry is well versed in the ADA standards for Accessible Design, and will help you complete your handicap ramp project on time and on budget. Handicap ramps aren’t just sloped, they also have specific requirements for the texture, ridges, truncated domes as well as specific ADA markings. Don’t be caught off-guard let us explain the details and prove you need us. We work hand in hand with your architects and staff to ensure your handicapped ramp is designed to thoroughly comply with ADA standards and results in a design both you and your customers are happy with.

Call us today at 702 – 898 – 1884 and one of our staff will by happy to review your project and offer you a free bid.

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What is ADA?

ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act, and it is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits the exclusion of people with disabilities from everyday activities. These activities include, buying an item at the store, watching a movie in a theater, enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, exercising at the local health club or having their car serviced at a local garage. The law established requirements for private businesses of all sizes to meet the goals of the ADA. These requirements first went into effect on January 26th, 1992 and have been recently updated in 2010. The requirements apply to both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

With the understanding that many small businesses can not afford to make significant physical changes to their stores or places of business, the ADA has requirements for existing facilities built before 1993 that are less strict than the ones built after early 1993 or modified after early 1992. In addition, tax credits and deductions were established that can be used annually to offset many costs of providing access to people with disabilities.

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ADA Standards

ADA Standards apply to new construction and alterations to older buildings. The original 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards affected construction after January 26th, 1992, with a revised 2010 version being mandatory after March 15th, 2012. The 2010 Standards include both Title II regulations at 28 CFR 35.151; and the 2004 ADAAG at 36 CFR part 1191, appendices B and D. With a few places where requirements between the two differ, the requirements of 28 CFR 35.151 prevail.

Any construction or alterations made before September 15th, 2010 used the 1991 Standards or the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS). Construction and alterations on or after September 15th, 2010, and before March 15th, 2012 use the 1991 Standards, UFAS, or 2010 Standards. All construction or alterations on or after March 15th, 2012 must comply with the 2010 ADA Standards.

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