A wheelchair ramp is a gently sloping ground which substitutes a staircase and used to go to the adjacent level. Nowadays days these ramps are made at the entry to various complexes and buildings. Sometimes this substitute staircase is used both inside and outside of the buildings, where handicapped people generally visit.
The Americans with Disables Act (ADA ) was passed in1990 to ensure the right of handicapped people.. These rights are getting jobs, services and accessibility to the home and working places..
To make a new handicap wheelchair ramp, make sure it should conforms with the ADA specifications for a disability ramp. The highest slope of a ramp in a new building shall be 1:12. This implies for every 1 inches go up, the run of the ramp should be one foot wide. If the go up is 2 " wide, then the run should be 24” wide, and so on. The highest possible go up for any run shall be 30” (760 mm).
Aluminum is the most preferred content for use in wheelchair ramp because of its portability, durability and resistance to rust. Wooden ramps are less expensive but are not long-lasting. Steal is long-lasting and heavy but it needs more construction work. All materials can support hefty unloading but only aluminum have the strength without the excess weight. You would also look for a ramp, which has slip resistant surface in rainy days.
Some Purchasing Suggestions
Here are some suggestions of wheelchair ramp that are able to meet the requirements of a wheel chair user. The sizes of these ramps are 30 inches wide and lengths will vary from 2 feet to 12 feet and useful for doorways and raised landings . They are : Wheelchair Single-fold Ramp, Rubber Portable Ramps, Threshold Aluminum Ramps, Wheelchair Multi-fold Ramp with Longer Lengths, Ramp with Carrying Bag, Aluminum Folding Ramp.