When you’re getting a wheelchair ramp for your home or business, there are a number of things to look for and consider. After all, this is a ramp that’s going to be used frequently — either by you, a loved one, or by customers entering your place of business. Able Care Group dives into the many things to think about when choosing a wheelchair ramp in today’s blog. But as always, we welcome any questions you may have and are always happy to help! Find more information here, and give us a call at (201) 258-7859 with any remaining questions you have, or if you’re ready for an installation!
How steep is it?
Your ramp should (ideally) have no more than 5 degrees of incline, as recommended by the ADA. Of course, there are other circumstances where that incline can fluctuate, but that’s the standard to keep in mind. Wherever you’re putting your ramp, you should think about vertical rise vs. available distance. For every inch of vertical rise (the height from the ground to the level you’re trying to reach, like top of the steps or curb), there should be 12 inches (1 ft.) of ramp length.
If you’re not able to measure or calculate the steepness grade for where you’ll be installing a ramp, you don’t have to! Able Care Group can come to your New Jersey or New York home or business to figure out the logistics for you.
Who will be using it?
There are two factors to consider with the ramp’s usage. First, you have to think about who will be the primary user. If you’re a business, this could be anyone, including those who prefer walking up ramps to taking the stairs. If you or a loved one will be the primary user of the wheelchair ramp, you’ll of course want something that caters to your needs.
The second thing to think about is what equipment (if any) will be on the ramp. Those who use motorized scooters or wheelchairs might have different weight requirements to consider, as well as different inclines to account for. Check with Able Care Group — we’ll be able to design the perfect ramp for you.
Should it be permanent or easily transportable?
This again depends on your needs. Able Care Group does offer portable and threshold ramps, which can be highly beneficial if you’re looking something that can move easily. This is great for people who use wheelchairs and encounter spaces without ramps (which is, frustratingly, still all too common). But if you think you’re going to be in your home or business for awhile, there’s much more benefit to having a permanent fixture.
Of course, “permanent” doesn’t always mean set in stone (unless it’s a concrete ramp, which is much more challenging to work with after it’s been poured and shaped). Our aluminum ramps and wooden ramps are installed to your home. Should you end up moving, know that while aluminum ramps are easier to disassemble and reinstall, wood ramps are much more difficult, if not impossible.
What material should my wheelchair ramp be made of?
Great question! It’s what we’ll be covering in our next blog — stay tuned, and call Able Care Group to get a free quote on your wheelchair ramp installation!