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How to Install Residential Handicap Ramps

by Isabel Blamey Professional writer
Often differently able people or aged people realise that they need to make their homes accessible for wheelchairs and other mobility aids. The process of making a place accessible for the wheelchair ramps begins with installing residential handicap ramps. Such ramps provide freedom to the persons having limited access.  These devices do wonders for their life. With these ramps, they can get in and out of their home without anybody’s help.
 
Before installing the ramps, you need to learn the hacks for finding the right residential handicap ramps.
You will need no time in finding the right ramp if you consider the following questions before making the purchase:

• What type of mobility device do you need?
• Is there any chance of changing this device over time?
• Which entrance of your home is most accessible for such purposes? What problems may you face to install around that door?
• What local laws do you need to follow? If required, check with your local municipality
• Which material are you looking for your ramp? 
• How long do you need to use the ramp? What matters for you- functions or curb appeal?
• How much time can you devote to installation? Would you like to hire a wheelchair ramp installer? 
• What is your budget?

If you want to narrow down your search, you must consider these questions before visiting a ramp supplier. It will help you make a right and quick decision. When it comes to residential access ramps, you should prioritise the comfort of the user above all.

How to Install Wheelchair Ramps?

The installation of ramps should always be done by professionals. It helps avoid risks.  To determine whether your hired installers are doing it properly, you need to be aware of the installation process. Therefore, here we are going to tell you how this installation process should go on:

• First, ensure the ramps have a maximum slope ratio of 1:12; it implies 12 feet ramp per each foot of elevation.
• A level area should be located at the top and bottom of the ramp. If a porch does not exist at the top, a platform can be placed over the steps before the door. Run over 30 feet is not allowed without a medium or resting platform. It is better to choose a straight turn platform. 
• If there is not enough area to install a straight ramp, you need to consider build cross from side to side
• If you are going to use a platform that changes direction, then it must have at least 36 inches width
• If a ramp has a greater rise than six inches, you should arrange handrails on both sides
• The top of the  handrail should be mounted from 30 to 40 inches above the ramp

These things you need to consider while installing the residential handicap ramps. Even when the installation is being executed by professionals, make sure these issues are considered.  This way, you will be able to ensure that the ramp is installed safely. 


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About Isabel Blamey Senior   Professional writer

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Created on Nov 28th 2019 06:59. Viewed 258 times.

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