Wheelchair Ramp - The Benefits

A wheelchair ramp which may also be known as a handicap ramp, offers individuals in a wheelchair greater access not only inside your home, but also into other homes and businesses. When it comes to a ramp for wheelchairs in a private residence, it can help getting into the home as well as outdoors without requiring help from anyone else.

Ramps also increase mobility around the home, especially those with small steps, over bumpy thresholds and small alterations in height or level into different rooms in a home.

Types of Wheelchair Ramps

Ramps are available in a variety of sizes, lengths and types. For example, some ramps are portable and fold up like a suitcase. Others fold into two or three sections or can be customized depending on need.

Most handicap ramps come in a variety of foot lengths from 2 feet to 10 feet. Most fold in half for easier transportation and portability. Most portable ramps support up to 800 pounds, including the individual and their wheelchair.

wheelchair ramp

Portable style ramps and suitcase-style ramps, as well as tri-fold ramps are especially convenient and beneficial for use in motor vehicles such as trucks or minivans, and short lengths of stairs either from a driveway to a front door, or for access to differing levels in a home environment.

A portable wheelchair ramp prevents the need for the wheelchair-bound to constantly rely on a spouse, friend or caregiver to lift or carry them over short steps, or in accessing the front of the house from a driveway or vice versa.

Drive Wheelchair And
Scooter Ramps,2ft 30", 14lb,Each

Threshold ramps can be used with all types of wheelchairs and scooters. A threshold ramp is excellent for doorways, as well as single steps, raised landings, and for use with sliding glass doors.

Such ramps for a wheelchair come in elevations between i-inch to 6-inches in height, and reach 34 inches wide. Most threshold wheelchair and scooter ramps can support up to 600 pounds.

Rubber threshold ramps are also ADA compliant and offer a permanent non-skid surface for indoor as well as outdoor use. Such threshold ramps are especially beneficial in locations that receive snow or ice during the winter. ADA compliant rubber threshold ramps are specifically designed for raised landings and doorways and make entry into or exit from the home into garage, patio, or front porch safe and convenient.  These ramps simply sit against the inside or outside of the door sill or threshold for smooth transition between rooms, levels, or indoor and outdoor environments.

wheelchair ramp

In addition to threshold ramps and portable style ramps, modular wheel chair ramps are also excellent ADA-approved ramping that offers longer ramp lengths as well as side railings. Modular ramp systems can be custom designed for most outdoor the indoor locations. Some benefits of a modular style ramp include but are not limited to:

  • Ability to configure to almost every location or site
  • Meets ADA wheelchair ramp specifications
  • Lightweight aluminum construction
  • Preassembled platforms, handrails and ramp sections
  • Doesn't require concrete footings or pads for anchoring
  • Skid-resistant surfaces
  • 850-pound weight capacity

Drive Wheelchair And
Scooter Ramps,2ft 30", 14lb,Each

Modular ramp systems are generally available in 24-foot models and can be installed simply within an hour. Such ramps may be used for temporary as well as permanent situations, and are ideal for outdoor use because they are constructed with durable aluminum that does not rust. Modular ramps are effective with scooters, walkers, and wheelchairs.

Pricing Considerations

Threshold ramps used indoors or for short steps, level transitions or sliding glass window locations are affordable at roughly $40 for a 1-inch rise. A 6-inch threshold ramp may cost around $100, but costs, as well as shipping and handling costs are determined by the ramp supplier.

Visit a variety of wheelchair ramp manufacturers on the Internet to get a general idea of what they charge. In many cases, purchase of wheelchair ramps often offers free shipping.

Take your time and research a variety of wheelchair ramp providers. Log onto the Internet and type in "wheelchair ramps or ramps for wheelchair" into your favorite browser search bar and you'll be offered a wide variety of manufacturers, companies and medical supply stores that offer a large variety of wheel chair ramps that will best suit your needs.

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