In today's world, creating inclusive and accessible public spaces is of utmost importance. Public spaces, such as rest stops, shopping centers, playgrounds, etc., must prioritize the needs of individuals with visual impairments or disabilities.
One crucial aspect of accessibility is the implementation of Attention Tactile Solutions, specifically CSA-Compliant Attention Tiles. CSA-Compliance refers to adhering to the standards set by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) for Attention Tactile Solutions.
These attention tiles guide and alert individuals to potential hazards or changes in their surroundings, ensuring their safety and convenience. In this blog post, we'll cover the different types of attention-tactile solutions for public spaces.
Canadian accessibility codes mandate the installation of Tactile Walking Surface Indicators (TWSI) to alert visually impaired individuals about potentially hazardous areas, enabling them to navigate public spaces safely and independently.
These solutions typically involve the installation of attention tiles on walking surfaces. By detecting the attention tiles through their canes or feet, visually impaired individuals can gather essential information about their surroundings, such as changes in direction, hazards, or entrances.
The Code-Compliant Tactile Solutions with truncated domes are designed in various materials, colors, and sizes to assure compliance in all situations, whether inside or outside, on newly constructed or on retrofit and existing surfaces.
There is a wide range of attention-tactile solutions available, mainly categorized into two types: "cast-in-place" tiles and "surface applied tiles".
Advantage Replaceable Cast Iron Tactile Walking Surface Indicator (TWSI) plates are designed in strict accordance with ASTM A-48, Class 35B Grey Cast Iron. The Cast in Place System is lightweight with exceptionally high strength and uses advanced metallurgical Engineering Science and Technology to surpass municipal standards. These tiles offer a reliable way to improve safety and accessibility in any public space.
Lightweight and easy to install
Engineered to endure the toughest conditions, such as snow plows, overweight vehicular loads, and heavy pedestrian traffic
10-year manufacturer’s warranty
AccessTile Cast in Place Replaceable Tactile Attention Domes are leading the way in durability and detectability for tactile systems. This Canadian accessibility code-compliant Cast in Place truncated attention domes are suitable for all environments, providing top-quality solutions for tactile infrastructure products.
Access Tile Replaceable Cast in Place attention domes are installed in wet concrete at building exits near areas with moving vehicles. These detectable warning surfaces visually contrast the ground and provide a different texture to alert the people and help them navigate safely. These Replaceable Cast in Place tactile surface indicators are durable, weather-resistant, and proven to withstand wear and tear.
Advantage ONE Plate Tactile Walking Surface Indicators(TWSI) are designed for all interior accessibility solutions. They incorporate a textured stainless steel surface for long-lasting slip resistance. These products undergo rigorous testing to surpass guidelines set by AODA, CSA, ISO, and building codes at provincial and national levels.
Advantage Cast Iron Tactile Walking Surface Indicator (TWSI) plates are a reliable and time-tested solution for improving accessibility and safety. They offer several benefits, including aesthetic appeal, long-lasting durability, and a built-in slip-resistant surface for enhanced traction.
Armor-Tile Cast in place truncated domes are designed from a diamond-hard vitrified polymer composite material, making them an industry leader for their durability, strength, weather, and wear resistance.
The applications of tactile walking surface indicators (TWSI) extend beyond their use in truncated domes. They are also suitable for curb ramps, escalator approaches, parking areas, transit platforms, top-of-stair landings/wheelchair ramps, multimodal transit stations, pedestrian crossings, and vehicular passageways.
Armor Tile cast-in-place domes meet all the requirements set by Canadian accessibility codes such as AODA, CSA, ISO, as well as provincial and national building codes (specifically Ontario's tactile walking surface indicators).
Access Tile Surface Applied Domes are the industry leader in affordable detectable warning tiles used for any retrofit job. They are ideal for various applications, such as multimodal transit stations, curb ramps, accessible pedestrian crossings, parking areas, tops and bottoms of stair landings, escalator approaches, and many more to alert the public when they're about to reach an unsafe edge.
These Tactile attention domes are useful for people with visual impairments, as they can be felt through footwear. These attention domes are also designed with unique sound reflections for those with guidance canes. This helps them differentiate between Access Tile surface tiles and concrete, allowing for safe and detectable navigation of curb endings.
The Advantage One Stainless Steel Dome Tactile System is a special and useful tactile solution for increasing safety and accessibility. These individual attention domes feature a permanent slip-resistant texture integrated into the stainless steel. Advantage One Individual Attention Domes are drilled and fastened directly into the ground and are specifically designed for all interior accessibility solutions.
Eon Tile Rubber Attention Domes are durable and flexible tactile indicators ideal for designing and constructing high-quality commercial, institutional, and public spaces.
Eon Tile Attention Domes warn pedestrians, especially the visually impaired, about drop-off edges and areas without curbs or barriers to separate the pedestrian route from a vehicular traffic route.
Elan Tile Porcelain Tactile Indicator Attention Domes are designed for style, engineered for performance, and suitable for interior and exterior applications. Elan Tile offers highly durable and versatile walking surface indicators to alert pedestrians of potential hazards conditions ahead, indicating the end of a curb or an edge drop-off. Elan Tile Porcelain Attention Domes are fully compliant with the Canadian Accessibility code.
The Armor-Tile surface applied tiles offer a cost-effective solution for retrofitting sidewalks. These tiles comply with Canadian accessibility codes, including AODA, CSA, ISO, and provincial and national building codes, specifically for Ontario's tactile walking surface indicators.
AccessTile Fire Resistant Tile with Attention Domes is an effective way to enhance accessibility and safety in high-risk areas. This Surface Applied fire-resistant tile, which meets the Ontario building code requirements, is their first composite tile. These fire resistant Access tile is mandatory in high rise buildings with more than 7 floors.
Access Tile FR is the cost-effective interior solution for applying TWSI tactile warning surface indicators on floors, specifically in exit stairwells, vestibules, lobbies, and corridors. These Surface Applied Fire-Resistant tiles comply with building specifications in Ontario.