The purpose of a ramp is to bridge the vertical height difference from the grade outside to ground level floor height. Ramps enable wheelchair users to enter and exit the home safely and with low exertion. Typically the slope of ramps are 12" of run for every 1" of rise. This varies depending on an individuals needs and the space available. When determining what type of ramp is right for you you should consider the following:
- Type of chair or assistive device being used, the strength and endurance of the individual.
- The initial cost with how long you will be using the ramp.
- The long term cost of maintenance of the ramp.
- How long an individual will be at that location?
- What are the individual's potential future needs?
Each type of ramping system has it's positives and negatives. If there is a possibility the individual may be moving, you will be looking for a system that is easy to relocate. If you are looking for something that is low maintenance, you will be looking at aluminum or concrete. If you are looking for something that is low initial cost, wolmanized is more appropriate. If you are not planning on needing a ramp more than a few months, you may want to rent.
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Ramp issues often talked about:
What will happen to the assessed value of the home with the addition of a ramp/s?
Does a visable ramp make the occupants of the home a target for breakins and crime?
Where is the more appropriate location for the ramp/s?
What materials should be used in the ramp construction?
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