Different Types of Mobility Ramps
One of the most common problems you’ll find with using a wheelchair or mobility scooter is possibly not having access to ramps. Whether it’s at your home, getting into your vehicle, or at any place you regularly visit, stairs can be limiting and a hassle to deal with. Fortunately, the number of available ramps has increased over the years to accommodate wheelchairs for all sorts of occasions.
These mobility ramps are designed to provide stability and balance to wheelchair users and are also categorized into several categories based on their size and utility. We put this list together to explain the different types of ramps and to hopefully help you find the one that will work best for your needs.
Various Types of Mobility Ramps
Threshold ramps are usually made of anodized aluminum or rubber and are planned for use over raised entryway limits and sliding glass entryway tracks up to 6 inches tall.
• Can be utilized inside or outside
• Help to dispense with a stumbling risk for those utilizing a stick or walker and give smooth progress to those in a wheelchair or scooter
• Can be screwed down to most surfaces for added stability and can be a permanent fixture.
• Can handle outside elements due to their aluminum construction
These can be further categorized as:
• Door threshold ramp
• Adjustable threshold ramp
• Threshold mobility ramps
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Modular Ramps are ideal for both business and residential locations and are designed for long-term use. The best material for the modular ramp is aluminum, as it is both cost-effective and durable, withminimal chances of warping or rust. Modular ramps are semi-permanently installed so that they can be easily removed as needed and can also be installed in other places. Modular ramps are highly stable, which makes them suitable for manual, power wheelchairs, two or four-wheeled scooters. Modular ramps are available in different sizes depending upon their utility. These ramps can be further categorized into Pathway - Modular Ramping Systems and Entry - Modular Ramping Systems.
• Generally, for outside use
• The platform of the ramps are easily replaceable
• Lengths available: 4 feet and above
• Width: 36 to 48 inches
• Weight limit approximately 750 pounds
• Endless variety of orientations available to fit most any houses exterior
Portable ramps are those which can be easily carried due to their portable design and side and weight. Portable ramps are available in different types, from foldable to suitcase.
• Folding ramps
These rampscan be classified as tri-overlap (tri-fold ramps) or bi-overlay (single fold ramps) with pivots set between every board. The tri-crease slopes overlap more than three times while the bi-overlay inclines overlay over just a single time. They are generally used to access vehicles or stairs of small height. With convenient folding capabilities, they can be stored or taken to a different location to be used again. Folding ramps are mainly preferred for personal use.
• Suitcase ramps
Suitcase ramps are probably the best ramps with regards to portability. These are generally around four feet in length, and they can uphold around 800lbs. A suitcase ramp is used for accessing small height stairs for accessing vehicles, a curb, and a porch.
Suitcase ramps are full-width platform so can be used for a manual and automated wheelchair as well as two or four-wheeled vehicles. Suitcase ramps are devoid of handrails and are preferred for personal use. Variety of lengths available up to 10 feet long. They also come with or without an Anti-Skid (AS) surface.
As seen in the rundown above, there are a wide range of wheelchair ramps accessible, varying in size, cost, and compactness. While the majority of themare useful, some will probably be more useful to you than others. Before buying a wheelchair ramps, you should consider what you hope to get out of your ramp and what your budget is to make sure your investment is worthwhile.