Cast iron detectable warning plates help you meet ADA compliance laws. These plates are designed to help guide the visually impaired know where there are dips in a sidewalk or store entryway. These plates also create a dip that allows wheelchairs to enter or exit a store or enter or exit a sidewalk into a crosswalk. These plates are important to the safety and well-being of those who depend on them. But what you may not realize is that not all detectable warning plates are the same. Here are a few of the factors you should consider when you are looking to purchase them.
If You Are Pouring Concrete or Adding the Plate to Existing Concrete
One of the first decisions you will have to make is whether to pour new concrete to add the plates to or whether to retrofit your existing concrete and have the plates added. This is important because some plates are designed to be used in new concrete, while others are designed to be used in retrofitted concrete. Those used in freshly pour concrete are placed in the concrete before it hardens. As the concrete hardens, the tile or plate is held firmly in place. Others are surface applied to retrofitted concrete. Using the wrong plate can shorten its lifespan.
If You Want the Plate to Be Replaceable
Another important factor to consider when you are looking to purchase cast iron detectable warning plates is whether you want the plate to be replaceable. If the plate becomes damaged, you typically have to replace the entire plate or tile. However, newer models allow you to replace the outer surface of the plate, rather than having to replace the entire plate. However, these are typically more expensive, so this is a factor to consider.
If The Plate is Made From Recycled Materials
The last factor you will want to consider when you are shopping for cast iron detectable warning plates is whether you want plates made from recycled materials. Cast iron plates can be made from recycled iron materials. Selecting products made from recycled materials helps your business to do its part to reduce its carbon footprint and select products that are better for the environment.
If you are looking to purchase cast iron detectable warning plates to have placed at the entrance of your store or on the sidewalks outside your business, contact ADA Solutions, INC. today. We offer a variety of detectable warning plates, helping you to keep your customers as safe as possible. Visit our website today to learn more about us and our products.