Walk-off Mats

The Access Board’s web site indicates that there is no specific requirement for edge fastening walk-off mats per carpet requirements.  They provide the following recommendation under 4.5.3:

Recommendation: ADAAG does not contain provisions for carpet that is not permanently fixed, such as matting placed in lobbies during inclement weather. Where used, it is recommended that they meet the pile height and trim requirements for fixed carpeting, have firm tapered edges for smooth transitions, be firm enough to minimize buckling or rolling and have an underside material or texture that grips the floor.



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4 Responses to Walk-off Mats

  1. Nancy Benitez says:

    What is the required clear dimension for path of travel in front of store front walkways? If umbrella base and exterior furniture are located on walkway?

    • mm Dwight Ashdown says:

      Typical Path of Travel is 4′-0″, which can be reduced down to 3′-0″ w/ approval of enforcing agency. A circulation path between tables on a patio can be 3′-0″.

  2. Jackie Smith says:

    Our Independent Living/Asst.Living facility is having corridor rounded railings replaced with flat, fixed ledge type railings. We are told these are ADA approved. Is that so?

    • mm Dwight Ashdown says:

      I’m not sure I understand what you are referring to when you say, “corridor rounded railings.” Are these chair rails that are attached to the wall at approximately 30″ off the floor? If so, I don’t believe there’s any ADA requirement about them.

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