Ramps for Wheelchair & Scooters
Assistive handicap ramps are gradually inclined surfaces that allow mobility devices to navigate otherwise inaccessible terrain (e.g. curbs, stairs, etc.) Generally, ramps are distinguished by their rise, length, weight capacity, and width. These cooperative products can assist manual wheelchairs, power chairs, scooters, and more.
Rise: Rise is a vertical measurement from the starting point to apex height.
Length: Measurement of overall length, correlates directly with rise.
Weight Capacity: Gross weight that the device can hold reliably. Add the total weight of the wheelchair/scooter to that of the user, then make sure the resulting number is lower than the wheelchair ramp’s weight capacity. Generally, our ramps can accommodate between 600 and 700 lbs.
At 1800wheelchair, we have the wheelchair or scooter ramp for you -- and our prices won’t break the bank! Order online or give us a call at 1-800-320-7140; our phone agents are standing by to answer any questions you may have.
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Mobility Ramps 101: Choosing the Right Ramp For Your Needs
If you use a mobility device, handicap ramps will allow you to access all of the same places that abled people can. Wheelchair and scooter ramps ensure that you are able to navigate terrain that would otherwise be off-limits because of stairs, curbs, inclines, and doorways. While publicly accessible buildings are required to have permanent handicap ramps or lifts, portable or folding ramps are often necessary for home use, as well as for travel and transport.
Today in the United States, wheelchair ramps are required in all new construction for public accommodations thanks to The Americans With Disabilities Act. The Senate originally passed the ADA on September 7, 1989 with a vote of 76 yeas to just eight nays. Although it might be hard to imagine today, it was soon passed by the House of Representatives on May 22, 1990 by a unanimous voice vote.
The ADA requires that ramps exceeding 30 feet must feature an intermediate platform for ease of use. Whether they're outdoor or indoor wheelchair ramps, they must also have a minimum width of 36 inches. In addition, to meet ADA Ramp Guidelines, there must be handrails between 34 and 38 inches in height on both sides of handicap ramps.
How Do I Determine Which Types of Mobility Ramps Are Right For Me?
In order to make a choice about what kind of handicap ramp you require, you’ll want to learn a bit more about the different types of mobility ramps that are available to you.
Perfect for doorways, slightly raised landings, or shorter curbs, threshold ramps are a simple, safe solution for both indoor and outdoor use. They are often made out of rubber, fiberglass, aluminum, or other recyclable materials, but provide a sturdy, reliable incline for all types of wheelchair or scooter ramps. If you’re concerned these ramps are flimsy, think again -- most can support up to 1,000 pounds! These anti-slip, high-traction ramps are affordable and provide easy access.
- Van and SUV Ramps
These mobility ramps are designed specifically to make sure you can get into and out of vehicles, including buses, minivans, and SUVs. Even if you have a specialized vehicle with a built-in ramp, there may be a time when your van isn’t available for use, and for many people, these vehicles are simply not affordable. But these mobility ramps instantly make your transport vehicle totally accessible. They can be used in vans, SUVs, or even on steps to get you safely to your vehicle loading area. Many options have substantial extensions (up to 10 feet, in some cases). With these mobility ramps, you’ll never have to worry about vehicle accessibility, and you’ll be able to travel much more quickly and safely.
- Portable Folding Ramps
Folding ramps have a wide variety of uses at home, in the office, and while traveling. They can allow you to navigate through doorways, onto curbs, or up stairways. The main difference between these and other types of ramps, though, is their portability. Most are very lightweight and all fold up for easier travel. You can even carry some just like a suitcase! Many of these ramps offer superior non-slip grip and are incredibly durable and strong. Whether you intend to use them indoors or out, they’re a safe and sturdy option when you’re on-the-go. If you’re a frequent traveler or are looking for mobile peace of mind in any situation, folding ramps can be an excellent solution.
- Aluminum Ramps
Probably the most-recognized type of outdoor/indoor wheelchair ramps, aluminum ramps come in several different lengths and can easily be configured to your home’s specifications. They can be made into small threshold ramps or extend the entire length of a staircase or walkway. They’re easy to install and have virtually no maintenance requirements. Unlike wood or other materials, they will not rot or corrode, which means they’ll stand up to the elements. These mobility and scooter ramps manage to be both lightweight and durable; they’re sturdy enough to handle virtually any type of wheelchair or scooter.
We believe that you deserve reliable access in any situation. Whatever type of mobility ramp you require, our vast selection ensures that we have one (or several!) that will fit your needs. For more information about our selection of outdoor and indoor wheelchair ramps, contact us today.