Wheelchair RampsRamps allow those using wheelchairs to reach a higher or lower elevation that would normally require steps, such as a porch or deck. They are also used by individuals who have trouble traversing typical steps. Ramps can be built from many different materials including wood, steel, aluminum and composite. The ADA standard for a ramp is 12 inches of length per every inch of elevation. You may hear this referred to as the 12:1 ratio.
You have endless options when choosing wheelchair ramps for your home. This video will help you decide which ramp is the best option for you.
Length of the ramp
The first thing to consider when choosing a ramp is the amount of space available to construct the ramp. The length of the ramp is usually calculated using a 1 inch to 1 foot ratio. For example, if the entry point is 10 inches above the ground, the minimum recommended ramp length is 10 feet.1 If the entry point is higher than a few feet, using turns or switchbacks (images shown on screen) will conserve space while keeping the incline at a safe and manageable level.
The two primary choices for ramp material is wood and aluminum. Wooden ramps are the best choice for matching existing decks or porches. These ramps however require an advanced building skill set or professional help to install and require maintenance to prevent the wood from rotting. Although less visually appealing, aluminum ramps are generally easier to install, require much lower maintenance, and can be easily modified and adjusted. Steel and concrete ramps are also available (images shown on screen)
Additional ADA Standards2
(These will be listed on screen along with images showing an example of ramps meeting the standard)
The Americans With Disabilities Act recommends...
A 5 by 5 foot landing at the top and bottom of the ramp
A maximum run of 30 feet before a turn or platform
A minimum width of 36 inches
Handrails that are at least 34 inches high
Visit our website for more information regarding wheelchair ramps. HandyPro offers a wide variety of custom ramps, ramp rentals, and ramp installation services to help you live in your home more comfortably.
Call HandyPro today for your FREE in-home assessment! Let HandyPro help you or your loved one to live more comfortably.
"With the installation of the stair lift Katie gained back some independence and we were able to function more like a family, first time since the accident. Your attention to our needs during this time was exceptional and your folks that worked in our home were skilled an respectful. We would recommend HandyPro to anyone who needs the many types of work you provide." - Dave & Linda S.
"Kenneth Cardenas did an outstanding job on my sliding glass door project. He is a pro." - Larry F
"Help!! My roof is leaking and dripping into my dining room!!!! I called several guys I know that have done some repairs for me in the past and was told I needed a new roof. They suggested I cover the roof with a blue tarp until I could get a new roof installed. Finally, I called Tom. He was there within two hours, made emergency repairs in drizzling rain, stopped the leak and came back later that week and made permanent repairs. Also told me I do not need a new roof now. Tom, I want to thank you and your company for the quick response and professional service work you provided to me. Excellent craftsmanship and wonderful clean-up. Bravo!" - Jane D.
"Thank you for the excellent job installing the new fence for us. HandyPro was not the cheapest bid we received but we trusted the way you presented the project over the other 3. The results are great and the attention to detail that you crew showed during the process, including clean up was surprising. The grass has grown in and the look of our backyard is more then we expected." - Jeanne F.
"Service was prompt and at my convenience. My contractor was able to make adjustments and avoid replacing my whole door." - Betty B.
See What Other Craftsmen Are Saying About HandyPro...
HandyPro National Craftsmen Conference