ADA compliant flooring rules become more important this time of year.
Flooring contractors are busy this month preparing for summer gymnasium floor replacements – particularly basketball courts. Replacing an athletic floor often creates a transition problem when the new floor rises 1/2 inch or more above the existing floor substrate. This is an ADA compliance issue as vertical floor transitions inhibit disability access, and it’s obviously a safety issue due to trip hazards. One solution is to sink the new floor into the old floor by cutting out a recess, but that’s an expensive retrofitting project and the old floor doesn’t always cooperate.
ADA Compliant Flooring
The easiest and most affordable solution – one that is both safe and access code compliant – is SafePath’s CourtEdge Reducer product.
New sport floors are often placed on top of existing floors, or a more robust floor is installed, creating vertical barriers. This gymnasium had a new basketball court installed which created a 2-1/2” rise around the whole court, which made
it non-compliant, not to mention dangerous.
SafePath’s Reducer 1200’s (2-1/2” high) were wrapped around the court, eliminating the barrier, creating a gradual rise and making it ADA compliant and ready to use!
The integrity of the existing floor is preserved and no alterations are necessary.
The CourtEdge Reducer can meet up to a 3 inch vertical rise with an extraordinarily durable rubber ramp. It’s versatile enough to smoothly manage corners, unusual dimensions, or non-standard wraps. Rubber is ideal in athletic settings due to its strength, load capacity, and slip resistance.
A visual cue signifying the floor transition is always important but even more critical in an athletic context. Toward that end the CourtEdge Reducer is available in a variety of attractive colors utilizing SafePath’s exclusive StoneCap Coating.
SafePath™ produces CourtEdge™ Reducer Ramps for almost every floor transition requirement from ½” up to 2-1/2” in standard models and custom heights exceeding 4-1/2”. These are available in hundreds of configurations and are pre-cut and fitted for immediate installation. Also, all transitions are available in various color selections with our new StoneCap™ coating technology.
Proper installation of raised wood floors, especially in retrofit and replacement projects, are problematic when faced with interpreting federal and state ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access compliance laws. CourtEdge™ Reducers are designed to provide compliance for hundreds of sport floor vertical riseconfigurations.
CourtEdge Reducer Details
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Related Section Numbers
- 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design Pocket Guide (5)
- 28 CFR Part 36 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities (2010 ADA Title III Regulations with amendments issued through Dec. 2016) (1)
- 2013 California Standards for Accessible Design Pocket Guide (5)