Keep Your Mobile Home Accessible To All With Disabled Access Ramps
Disabled access ramps can give a differently abled person access to rooms, buildings and outdoor structures that were previously not navigable. Before you buy a wheelchair ramp, it is important for shoppers to first and foremost acquaint themselves with the specifications needed for safety as well as utility. One should also be able to know all the available types of ramps in order to choose a ramp that not only meets but surpasses their needs. Here are some of the factors one needs to take into consideration.
The ADA (American Disabilities Act) does specify that commercial wheelchair ramps should have a slope of 1:12; this implies that there should be one inch of rise for every 12 inches in length so the higher the steps, the longer the ramps should be. This does lead to a shallow and safe ramp. Even though ADA does not apply to residential homes, it does offer a good guideline. A home wheelchair ramp can be slightly steeper, working with at most a 2: 12 steep. Any wheelchair ramp that’s shorter than the 2:12 ratio is very steep and should be avoided. For the elderly, a ratio of 1:18 or even 1:20 should be used since they have less strength to slow themselves down on a decline or roll themselves up the slope.
Before you buy a wheelchair ramp, it is important that you also calculate the weight the wheelchair, take into consideration the weight of the user and consider if the ramp in question can comfortably and safely handle this combined weight. Some ramps may not be strong enough to hold a wheelchair that’s carrying a full grown or obese adult.
Generally, ramps are categorized as either being permanent or temporary. A permanent wheelchair ramp is ideal for use in a long term residential home for a person who must use such a facility for a long time or for the rest of his or her life. A temporary wheelchair ramp on the other hand is ideal for use in a rented home or for use by someone whose confinement to the wheelchair is temporary.
There are two main basic designs of wheelchair ramps; these are the platform and the track ramps. Typically, the track wheelchair ramps are made of two sections, one for the wheels of the wheelchair on each side of the chair. They tend to be quite light and are also very durable. On the other hand, a platform style wheelchair ramp is an even, elevated surface. It is inherently heavier than the track ramp due to its solid design. It is much easier to navigate though since the wheelchair wheels don’t have to be kept in a particular orientation.
The material used to make the ramp is also very important. A good ramp must be strong and sturdy; however, if it is a portable ramp, then it also has to light enough and yet durable. Some of the common materials used to make ramps include wooden wheelchair ramps which are the most popular and inexpensive. The wood used must be treated to make it weather resistant. Galvanized steel ramps are usually black in color and feature an open grid work which makes the unit lighter and also allows for dirt and precipitation to pass through. It is cheaper than aluminum. Ramps made of aluminum are light and portable. The unit doesn’t rust but if it is not thick enough then it may not be as sturdy as you may otherwise prefer. Concrete wheelchair ramps have a safety texture built into the surface and are among the most expensive. Fiberglass wheelchair ramps are lightweight, naturally weather –resistant and very durable.
Here are some of the popular mobile home disabled access ramps readily available in the market. They include but are not limited to the following:
1) Product Name: PVI Solid Wheelchair Ramp
Product Price: $ 169.97
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Product Details: the solid design does provide a smooth 100% stable platform and the high grade non slip tape does cover the ramp for great traction even in snow and rain. The platform width of 30 or 36 inches does provide excellent stability.
2) Product Name: PVI OnTrac Wheelchair Ramp
Product Price: 184.95
Product URL: http://is.gd/9nYTbA
Product Details: featuring a seamless non-skid driving surface, the unit is safe and ideal for canes, crutches walkers wheelchair and scooters. Side guards are integrated to make sure that the wheelchair and scooter don’t go off-track. The milled platform does feature slip resistant grooved aluminum surface and is easy to install.
3) Product Name: EZ Access Signature Ramp
Product Price: $ 117.94
Product URL: http://is.gd/jHGkza
Product Details: made of aluminum for lightweight portability. The ramp does provide the safety and strength required while remaining portable and lightweight. Welded construction does provide long term safety and durability with a non-skid surface for grip going up and down the ramp.
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