How to Select Ramps for Better Accessibility

Have you ever had a difficult experience trying to access a building? For wheelchair users, this can be a frustratingly common experience. Whether it’s at home, work or public buildings, such as shops or leisure centres, everyone has the right to hassle free access.

Wheelchair ramps are a simple solution to help improve accessibility. There are a wide range of disability ramps available to suit different premises and requirements. Let's take a look at some of the options.

 

Curb & Threshold Ramps

Threshold ramps are a good solution in a range of building types, including commercial and residential buildings. Thresholds come is all shapes and sizes and require different types of threshold ramps to navigate safely. Small thresholds may be handled with a wedge ramp or bridging ramp, while a higher threshold, or those including multiple steps, may need a larger aluminium threshold ramp.

 

Modular Ramp Systems

Modular ramp solutions are suitable for a wide range of settings, including larger entranceways at business premises, or more challenging angles and obstructions. With the addition of platforms, modular wheelchair ramps ensure you have safe landing points with sufficient flat levels for entry and exit.

Modular systems are strong and durable and can be used as permanent constructions. They can also work for short-term events as they are quick to set up and easy to disassemble and store as needed.

 

Portable or Folding Ramps

Some semi-permanent or temporary access needs can also be met by a folding ramp solution, which can be transported and stored with greater ease.  When investing in a portable ramp, consider where the ramp will be stored and ensure it can be moved safely.

 

Choosing Ramp Size

Overly steep inclines are dangerous: they put strain on manual wheelchair users or on engines of motorised chairs and can even cause a chair to roll or tip backwards.

UK building regulations for permanent ramps require a 1:15 gradient. However, such a gradient is not always practical for portable ramps due to space restrictions. Use the guide below to assess the best gradient to use.

Wheelchair Ramp Height Guide

You should also check the width of your ramp will fit the wheelchair with margin for safety on either side. Don't forget to also consider what loading capacity is required. Check the specifications of ramps you are considering and ensure it will safely support the user and their wheelchair or mobility scooter.

At RAMPCO, we have an extensive range of high-standard, slip-resistant access ramps. Use our online comparison tool, or call to speak to one of our experts today on: +44 (0) 1920 823940.