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Ground and Floor Surfaces

4.5 Ground and Floor Surfaces.

4.5.1* General
Ground and floor surfaces along accessible routes and in accessible rooms and spaces including floors, walks, ramps, stairs, and curb ramps, shall be stable, firm, slip-resistant, and shall comply with 4.5.

4.5.2 Changes in Level
Changes in level up to 1/4 in (6 mm) may be vertical and without edge treatment.

Changes in level

Changes in level between 1/4 in and 1/2 in (6 mm and 13 mm) shall be beveled with a slope no greater than 1:2.

Changes in level

Changes in level greater than 1/2 in (13 mm) shall be accomplished by means of a ramp that complies with 4.7 or 4.8.


4.5.3* Carpet
If carpet or carpet tile is used on a ground or floor surface, then it shall be securely attached; have a firm cushion, pad, or backing, or no cushion or pad; and have a level loop, textured loop, level cut pile, or level cut/uncut pile texture. The maximum pile thickness shall be 1/2 in (13 mm).

Carpet Pile Thickness

Exposed edges of carpet shall be fastened to floor surfaces and have trim along the entire length of the exposed edge. Carpet edge trim shall comply with 4.5.2.

4.5.4 Gratings
If gratings are located in walking surfaces, then they shall have spaces no greater than 1/2 in (13 mm) wide in one direction).

Gratings

If gratings have elongated openings, then they shall be placed so that the long dimension is perpendicular to the dominant direction of travel).

Grating Orientation