There are typically two strategies used for ramp design: a landscaped ramp approach and a structural ramp approach. Ramps are particularly useful for overcoming changes in levels up to about 30 inches from the ground level to the level of an entrance. Greater changes in level require a great deal of space, which may or may not be practical.
If you are faced with a big change in level, installing a platform lift or residential elevator may be a better strategy than constructing a ramp. The physical and monetary costs associated with both options should be fully explored before deciding which option will accommodate the greatest number of users.
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Aluminum Ramp Systems
Configure a ramp system for almost any site. Designed to address the accessibility needs of the residential and commercial market. Modular Ramps are an excellent choice when accessibility needs extend beyond the scope of portable ramps. Complies with ADA guidelines. Ramp is an asset that can easily be expanded, reconfigured, or moved as needs change. Particular attention to appearance and durability are key to our design. This low maintenance ramp is manufactured using high-grade extruded aluminum that will not rust, rot, or decay. Features an 850 lb. weight capacity and 3-year limited warranty.
The SUITCASE® Advantage Series Ramp, with its single fold design, offers a simple solution for wheelchairs and scooters to access vehicles or overcome steps with ease. This ultra-strong portable wheelchair ramp provides the safety and strength required while remaining light and portable. The ramp can be used as one unit or separated, making it even more convenient to use, carry, and store. By simply removing two hinge pins, the SUITCASE Advantage Series ramp quickly separates into two lightweight sections, each with their own carrying handle. Ramp features a self-adjusting bottom transition plate for easy conversion from ramp to ground, and an applied, high-quality skid-resistant surface with yellow safety strips. Unfolds to a 29" wide platform. Manufactured of welded aircraft-grade aluminum. Features an 800 lb. weight capacity and 3-year limited warranty. Extend the usefulness of your SUITCASE® Advantage Series Ramp with the optional Top Lip Extension. Made in the USA.
Available in 1, 1½, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 inch heights
Threshold is a lightweight yet portable wheelchair ramp designed for doorways, sliding glass doors, and raised landings. Threshold ramps may be used either by itself or combined to make entry and/or exit convenient and safe. Simply measure the height of the door entry and choose the correct size. Manufactured using high-strength aluminum (will not rust or corrode) and features an extruded non-skid driving surface. Easy installation. Supports up to 600 lb. and features a 3-year limited warranty. Made in the USA.
Structural Wood/Vinyl Ramp Design
The structural ramp design involves building a ramp system with wood-framing construction. This results in a more noticeable structure, although its visual impact can be minimized through creative design, landscaping, and finishes.
Common ramp systems are: straight, switch-back, U-shaped, and L-shaped. Angled ramps may also be used, but remember that the start and finish of the ramp must incorporate a straight approach. Curved ramps are not recommended as they make steering a wheelchair, walker or scooter very difficult. In some cases, depending on the length of the ramp, landings may be required as resting points.
This design incorporates landscaping, gently sloping walkways and grading to overcome changes in level. A safe path with a gentle slope can be built without railings, unless there are abrupt drop-offs on either side, or users need them. The landscape approach is generally limited to smaller changes in level. One key advantage is that of safety and security since this design blends in with the home's architecture.
Interior Ramp Design
The same design principles for the structural exterior ramp must be considered for interior ramps. The design will work for larger rooms where the change in level is small. The design can be made to match the interior decor.