If you’ve made the decision to get a wheelchair-accessible ramp for your home, congratulations! You’re making the first steps to easing accessibility and staying in your own home. We guarantee you’ll be happy with your decision whether you are purchasing a new house requiring the installation of a ramp or need to make changes to your current home. Access Elevator is here to help you every bit of the way.
You certainly can do many of the steps below yourself, but we will be happy to help you, even if it’s just checking your numbers.
- Make a list of your needs. Who will be using the ramp and what type of device are they using? This can make a difference in width and slope. Someone with a manual wheelchair will probably feel more comfortable with a low slope. How long will the ramp be used? If you are looking for a short-term solution, you might want to pick a modular option that can be moved later. If you are looking for a long-term solution, a ramp that can adapt to changes from use of a walker to a wheelchair may be your best option. Also, are their heavy weight capabilities needed, such as use for scooters or electric wheelchairs?
- Research any local code. Some municipalities may require a permit. Others may require certain slopes or materials. Make sure you have all the guidelines and permit requirements on hand for your design and installation so you don’t run into problems down the road. Our team is experienced with our local permit laws throughout the tri-state area including Milwaukee, Chicago, and surrounding areas, and we’re ready to help you handle the process.
- Create the initial layout. First, measure the height of the rise your ramp will cover. The rise will dictate the slope that will, in turn, dictate the ramp length. The mobility device you use may have guidelines on recommended slope. Other considerations are the local codes as mentioned in step two. Some municipalities may require the same requirements as the ADA which are a 12:1 ration. Whatever the requirements, we can help you will the calculation of the rise ratio. You’ll also need to plan for ramp width as well as platforms. Platforms are a sort of switchback for turns and offer resting areas.
- Order and install. We’ll double check your measurements or come out and help you measure and plan. Then we’ll deliver the ramp and can handle the final installation as well. We make it simple!
Ramps have one of the quickest installations of all mobility assistant devices. Your ramp can be long-lasting adding years onto staying in your own home. We want you to have the ramp that fits your needs and lifestyle and are ready to help you every step of the way.