When Should I Audit my Building’s Wayfinding Signs

by Susan Bogen on January 7, 2016

In this world, nothing is stationary, especially not in the world of commerce.

People come and go, businesses make changes, and time marches on. Throughout all of these changes and evolution, a building’s wayfinding signs must keep up with the times. Indeed, a sign’s primary function is to disseminate information to those who may not know otherwise. That means signs must, above all, be current.

As businesses change, however, a wayfinding sign might become irrelevant — pointing visitors in the wrong direction, highlighting a renamed conference room, or not meeting the latest ADA changes and requirements. That’s when it’s time to reach out to a sign company like Signarama to make adjustments to your wayfinding sign array.

ADA Signs - Sutter Landmark Oncology (Signarama Santa Rosa)When a sign is broken, people have moved, or new growth allows for more businesses, more employees, and more pathways, that’s when it’s time to audit your current wayfinding signs and see if any other changes need to take place.

When this happens, the building or facilities manager must either reach out to the original sign company, or find a new sign maker that can match the style of the current wayfinding signs. But because wayfinding signs are often custom jobs, it can be difficult to match their style exactly. But if we have a physical representation of the sign — like the original sign being replaced — we can figure out how the previous signs were made, this is a big help in the creation process.

If you don’t see any major changes coming in the future, it’s still a good idea to do an annual audit of your signs, and to make sure they’re still functioning (e.g. lighted signs, like EXIT signs), are still ADA compliant, and still match the look and decor of the building.

When a sign breaks or gets lost, this often means an emergency order, which is why it’s always a good idea to work with a reputable sign company with staying power. And if you’ve got the original designs and samples on file, that’s all the better.

For more information on, or to get some help with, auditing your own wayfinding signs, you can find your local Signarama store with our online store locator. And to learn more about wayfinding signs, please visit the Signarama website.

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