Wheelchair Ramp FAQ
What type of wheelchair ramp should I buy?
Everyones needs are different. We offer different solutions for many situations. Some may prefer an Aluminum ramp over a Wooden ramp or vice versa. It’s also based on preference and the look and build of your home. It’s best to call us for a free In-Home Assessment so we can get you the right fit for your home.
How do I determine what size of ramp I need?
It all depends on the height or rise of your steps. If you measure from the floor to the top of the steps it will give you the rise. That rise will determine the amount of ramp needed to ensure a safe slope. You can always call us for a free In-Home Assessment. Residential ramp guidelines recommend a ramp rise to run ratio of 1:12, meaning that for every inch of rise your ramp should extend 12 inches in length. Our Mobility Specialists will measure your steps to ensure that your ramp is the proper length to ensure a safe and gentle slope.
When looking at weight capacity, does it factor in the weight of the equipment?
Different styles of ramps have different weight limits, ranging from 300 pounds to 850 pounds. Our Mobility Specialists will discuss the weights of potential users as well as the weights of their mobility products, when applicable, to ensure that the ramp you choose has an appropriate weight capacity for your needs.
What if I need to transport my ramp?
Portable / Suitcase ramps are the perfect solution for those with on-the-go mobility needs, or for individuals who only need a ramp part time and wish to store it away when not in use. They are available in a variety of lengths ranging from two to twelve feet, making them perfect for conquering only one or two small steps.
Does the Ramp Width Matter?
Just as mobility devices have different widths, ramps are available in different widths as well. Our Mobility Specialists will talk with you about how the ramp will be used to ensure that it is the right width for your walker, wheelchair, powerchair, or scooter.
Hand Rails or no Hand Rails?
Each of our modular ramps comes with ADA Compliant handrails to ensure user safety while using the ramp. However, many of our portable ramps must have hand rails added on if desired. If you anticipate the need for extra support while traveling up or down your ramp, hand rails are a great option to ensure balance along the way.
What type of Ramp is best if I have limited space?
Depending on the amount of space and height a wheelchair ramp may not be the best solution. Much of this depends on the structure of the home and the foundation of which the house sits on. Some homes can be built on slight inclines or declines depending on the area. It’s always best to call us for an evaluation as we can provide alternate solutions should a wheelchair ramp not work.