Wheelchair Ramp Buying Guide

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THE BIG QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK

What will I be using the ramp for? The first question you should ask is what you will be using your ramp for. Will you be using it to get a mobility scooter into a vehicle, or to get a wheelchair over a door threshold? Mobility scooter ramp, wheelchair ramp or threshold ramp - think about all of the places that you have steps or thresholds in your house – and be aware that you may need to purchase more than one ramp depending on the different barriers you need to cross. Common areas that our customers tend to purchase ramps for include:
·       Steps leading to and from household doors
·       Doors with raised thresholds or lips (such as exterior doors)
·       Vehicle access
·       Interior access, such as steps from your garage to your back door.
It’s also worth considering things like where you’ll be storing the ramp. If, for example, you’re using a ramp to access a vehicle and you need to transport it with you, you’ll want a ramp that can fold down to fit in the car. Alternatively you might want a ramp that you can fit in a cupboard or store behind a door – it which case one of our ramps which fold lengthways could be the ramp for you. You’ll also want to think about the weight of the ramp if you’ll be moving it around a lot – our ramps range anywhere from 1.5kgs to 21kgs in weight, depending on the length and material of the ramp.

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How long does my ramp need to be?

This is possibly the most important question you need to answer. In order to determine the length of the ramp that you need, you need to measure your “load height” – this is the total height you will be ascending from the ground to threshold level. It may also be useful to measure the total depth of the stairs, to ensure that your ramp is long enough to clear them.

For manual wheelchairs we would recommend a minimum gradient of 1:6. Thus, for example, for a 1 foot rise (your load height) you’ll need a 6 foot long ramp. For mobility scooters we reccomend a minium gradient of 1:8. Thus, for example, for a 1 foot rise (your load height) you’ll need a 8 foot long ramp. Mobility scooter ramps need to be longer becuase of their low ground clearance.

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How wide does your ramp need to be?

It’s worth remembering that your ramp needs to be wide enough to accommodate your wheelchair/mobility scooter, yet narrow enough to fit into the threshold you are bridging. If you are loading a mobility scooter into a vehicle, you may want to consider one of our channel ramps, as they come in pairs and give you the flexibility to have them as wide or as narrow as you need them to be.
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CHOOSING YOUR WHEELCHAIR RAMP.

Now that you’ve assessed both what you need the ramp for, and how long/wide your ramp needs to be, you can choose which ramp best suits your needs.
Threshold Ramps
The Ramp People threshold ramps designed to bridge single steps and thresholds, and are available in a number of different shapes and materials. Our aluminium ramps are extremely lightweight and easy to move and the anodised aluminium surface offers an excellent stainless, corrosion-free grip surface.  Our fibreglass ramps are even lighter, feature an outstanding anti-slip grip surface, and are incredibly easy to install. Alternatively you may wish to consider one of our Combination Channel Ramps, which can also be used to bridge thresholds.
Channel Ramps
Our channel ramps are extremely versatile, and can be used to access vehicles and bridge steps and kerbs. Becuase of their side walls they are not however reccomended for mobility scooters. They are our most flexible ramp range in terms of compactness, portability, weight, length and use. Our aluminium ramps are incredibly strong and lightweight and come in four types.
The Ramp People are proud members of the BHTA and full subscribe to the BHTA Code of practice.

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