Factors To Consider Prior To Installing A Wheelchair Ramp

Wheelchair ramps are designed for users of wheelchairs and other mobility devices.

They are designed to allow the wheelchair can be used safely on uneven ground. 

Here are some points to take into consideration before wheelchair ramp installation:

1. Capacity of Load-Bearing, Standard or Bariatric

If the ramp for a wheelchair exceeds its capacity for weight it could cause structural damage. It is crucial to determine the exact weight you would like the ramp to be able to support. This should be based on the weight of shopping baskets, mobility equipment power packs, shopping baskets, as well as other medical equipment.

The majority of ramps are designed to hold around 150 pounds including the user and other equipment. Bariatric ramps, on the other hand, can accommodate up to 400 pounds.

2. Costs Economy or Premium

Aluminum ramps are the tiniest and simple to move. Wooden ramps are appealing and attractive, as well as more affordable, and simple to install. The best ramps are usually built from concrete, steel aluminum, wood, or concrete. The design of the ramp for wheelchairs is typically determined by the preference of the user. Another factor to think about when installing a ramp is its place of installation. Galvanized steel ramps that have open grid patterns for work are perfect for those who reside in areas where there is rain or snow.

3. Portable Design – Fixed or portable

Wheelchair ramps can be constructed to be used for a long time or for use in portable ways. In the majority of cases, people with disabilities usually opt for both. Portable ramps are great for those who want to take their ramps with them on family trips for running errands or on road trips. They can fold and be stored at the rear of a car. The procedure for assembling these ramps involves extending it, and then putting them between a high point such as curbs and the ground.

Fixed ramps, in contrast, are permanent structures that are erected outside an apartment or commercial establishment. They connect the entrances to walkways and any other surfaces outside. The majority of ramps are designed specifically to use 180-degree switchbacks to provide an even slope.

4. Placement of the vehicle – home, or Business

The versatility of ramps for wheelchairs makes them the ideal installation for many locations, both outdoors as well as indoors. They also work well in areas with no slopes.

If you’re planning to have a ramp that is portable fitted to their vehicle, it’s important to know the dimensions of your door. Make sure you make your selection only with the dimensions of the door in your mind.

5. Installation DIY or Professional

Customers can choose wheelchair ramp installation by experienced professionals, or they can opt for an installation that is DIY. Self-installation is a good option for those who have previous experience with carpentry or who have the patience to ensure that the ramp meets the required slope specifications. People who need ramps that are portable can think about installing the ramp themselves if they are sure they’ll be able to finish the job.

If you are looking to purchase ramps that connect to a prominent location on the exterior of your home seeking help from a professional might be beneficial. The experts will also ensure that the ramp is compliant with DDA guidelines.

Explore more