Portable Wheelchair Ramps and Scooter Ramps
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An Overview of Wheelchair Ramps and Scooter Ramps
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Types of Wheelchair Ramps and Scooter Ramps
There are basically two types of ramps for people in wheelchairs or scooters - permanent and portable.
Permanent ramps are made of wood or concrete. They are the handicap accesses for court houses, libraries, schools, and other government buildings.
Most, if not all permanent ramps are built to an 12:1 slope, i.e., 12 inches of ramp length for every inch of vertical rise, or 4.8 degrees. This is required by a federal law known as ADA (American Disability Act).
Permanent ramps are rare for for private or residential uses due to high costs and space restrains. This is where another type of handicap ramps known as portable wheelchair ramps comes into play.
What are Portable Wheelchair Ramps and Scooter Ramps
A portable wheelchair ramp is a light-weight, portable device specifically designed for wheelchairs to access elevated heights such as vehicles and stairs. If the ramp can be used by a 3-wheel scooter, it's also called a portable scooter ramp. Most of these ramps, including all LiteRampô products, can be used by both wheelchairs and scooters.
Although they come in different styles, materials, and confusing names (threshold ramps, panel ramps, rollup ramps, suitcase ramps, single-fold ramps, multi-fold, tri-fold ramps, track ramps, 1-piece ramps, 2-piece ramps...), all portable wheelchair ramps must have the following characteristics:
Are Portable Wheelchair Ramps right for you?
Comparing to permanent ramps, portable wheelchair ramps do have limitations:
The most typical scenarios for people to use portable wheelchair ramps are:
We would not recommend portable wheelchair ramps for:
Choosing a Portable Wheelchair Ramp
If you can use a portable wheelchair ramp, our Ramp Selection Guide will help you choose the right ramp. If you are still not sure or have questions, you can call us toll-free at 1-800-561-3576 and speak to a wheelchair ramp specialist.
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