A Guide to Finding the Right Ramp for You
So you’re looking for an accessibility solution, but you’re not entirely sure where to start? That’s where we, at Next Day Access, come in! Let us help you discover what questions need to be asked and how to find the answers with these examples below.
What are you using your ramp for?
- While you many may think a ramp selection is straightforward, there are many factors to consider.
- If you’re just looking to even out an entry, exit or doorway, we encourage you to look at a threshold ramp. Offered in aluminum, rubber or plastic, this solution makes for an easier accessibility point for those in wheelchairs.
- We also offer an extra-wide threshold that spans 42-inches and comes with handrails to offer increased stability as one moves through the threshold.
- If you’re working around a porch with steps, your best bet will be to use a wheelchair ramp. These ramps come in a variety of materials and can be specifically configured to meet your needs and the specifications of your home.
What kind of material do I need to use?
- Like we mentioned above, our wheelchair ramps come in a variety of materials. So what should you consider when it comes to the material used for the ramp?
- Weather – If you live an area that experiences a lot of snow and ice, our open-weave ramp may be a more practical solution to your needs. If you live in a high-humidity environment, aluminum may be better to use versus our wood-aluminum ramps which could eventually effect traction when it becomes wet. Assess your climate and we can help you find the right ramp for whatever weather you face!
- Maintenance – Nothing will escape maintenance but some ramps require a little less or can be done more efficiently. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance, extended use ramp we can help you find the perfect one. If you’re needing a temporary solution and anticipate it requiring little to no maintenance, we can also assist you in the discovery process.
How long does my ramp need to be?
- According to ADA guidelines, mobility ramps need to be one foot long for every one inch lift. So if you have ramp that’s lifted 6 inches, the corresponding ramp length will need to be six feet. The ramp must also be 36-inches wide in order to be ADA compliant. We can assist you in the measuring and planning process to ensure the ramp is safe, secure and compliant.
If you have any questions concerning your accessibility needs, we’re here to help. Take a look at what brands we carry and the variety of solutions we can offer you. Contact us today for more information and to receive a free estimate!