03 Mar

The History of the Detectable Warning Dome Tile

Tactile paving, now known as detectable warning dome tiles, was first developed by Seiichi Miyake in 1965 to help people with vision impairments navigate public spaces.  Major cities and transportation networks throughout the world use detectable warning dome tiles.

01 Oct

Tactile Warning Surfaces: A Regulatory Overview on the Americans with Disabilities Act

Tactile warning surfaces, also known as detectable warning dome tiles, fall under the jurisdiction of the Americans with Disabilities Act for creating safe and accessible spaces for all pedestrians in urban and suburban areas. These detectable warning surfaces alert people of street crossings and other hazardous drop-offs. In some cases, these detectable warnings indicate boundaries between pedestrian and vehicular thoroughfares, and they are also used onboarding platforms for public transportation.

01 Jul

7 Key Considerations for Choosing Detectable Dome Tiles

Choosing detectable dome tiles comes down to seven key considerations starting with ADA compliance. Detectable dome tiles require a high level of durability to withstand constant pedestrian traffic and heavy motor vehicles. Beyond the general traffic, detectable warning dome tiles also deal with extreme temperatures and weather patterns.

When choosing detectable dome tiles, consider these important factors for choosing a dome tile that meets ADA compliance standards from color to durability.

02 Apr

Why is a Minimum Compression Strength of 12K psi Strongly Recommended for Truncated Domes?

Truncated domes or detectable warning tiles are designed to withstand sustained pedestrian traffic, and in order for them to remain reliable over the span of many years, a minimum compression strength of 12K psi is recommended.

26 Dec

Why ADA Compliant Dome Tile is the Best Option for Climate Change

The changing climate is raising alarms throughout the world as scientists and researchers shed light on rapid changes within ecosystems around the earth. Glaciers are shrinking. Winter is shortening. Certain habitats have shifted or disappeared altogether. Sea levels are rising. Heatwaves have intensified.

29 May

Thin-set or Wet-set Installation Applications for Detectable Warning Tile in Curb Ramps

How detectable warning tiles are installed is crucial to the longevity of the project. There are two types of installations that you need to know about: wet-set and thin-set. Both the wet-set and thin-set installation methods can be used on new construction as well as upgrading pre-existing ramps. Each type of installation can provide longevity and durability when installed correctly.

04 Apr

An Ode to Seiichi Miyake: The Inventor of Dome Tiles

On Monday, March 18th, Google Doodle featured the Japanese inventor of detectable dome tiles, Seiichi Miyake. His invention changed the world by empowering and protecting individuals with visual impairments to cross streets with greater ease. Fifty-two years have passed since the first dome tiles were installed, and these detectable warning tiles are now part of many cities throughout the world.

24 Dec

What's the Difference Between Cast-in-Place and Surface-Applied Dome-Tiles?

Cities and businesses are scrutinizing pedestrian walkways to determine how to best increase the ADA compliance of public spaces. ADA compliant sidewalks make businesses and public areas more accessible to individuals with disabilities. A key component of an ADA compliant sidewalk is the truncated dome tiles that warn pedestrians of a change in the sidewalk, whether an intersection or a ramp.

These truncated dome tiles have two common ways of being installed: cast-in-place or surface-applied.