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Handicap Access Ramp SpecsFor safety, the majority of wheelchair ramps should adhere to certain specs. These specs are even more important if the ramp is installed in a public area. According to the American Disabilities ACT, commercial ramps need to have a slope of 1:12, which means that for every one inch of rising, there need to be 12 inches of length. The higher the ramp, the longer it should be. There are no regulations on residential handicap-accessible ramps they can be a bit steeper, but should not have more than a 2:12 slope.
Ramps for Handicapped Access Weight SpecsPrior to purchasing any type of wheelchair ramp, it is important that the weight of the person, including the chair, is determined. There are some ramps that are not designed to hold wheelchairs holding adults, especially those who are obese. This is why it is essential you consider the weight of the user ahead of time.
Types of Ramps for Handicapped AccessThere are several different types of wheelchair ramps available. You need to decide if you want a temporary or permanent ramp. It is also important to consider the material that is used for the ramp since each one has pros and cons.
- Temporary vs. Permanent Wheelchair Ramps
- Platform vs. Track Ramps
There are a number of different material options for handicap access ramps, as well, which include: wood, galvanized steel, aluminum, concrete, fiberglass, rubber and plastic. Chances are your budget will help to determine which option is right for you.
When you begin looking for handicap access ramps for sale, you should consider all of the options so you can find the right ramp for your specific needs.
Andrew Fatalo is the CEO of Statewide Mobility & Mobility Scooters Direct. He has over 14 years of experience directly repairing Mobility Scooters & Power Wheelchairs. He also has been consulting with customers since 2005 when he entered this industry. Andrew gives back to the handicap community by hosting mobility scooter and electric wheelchair give-aways which you can learn more about by following our Facebook page.