What Are Wheelchair Ramps
The wheelchair ramp is an inclined plane which is an alternate of the stairs and is being used by people pushing carts or strollers or people in wheelchairs. The ADA Act of 1990 requires that a structure or building should be accessible to people using wheelchairs and that is why they should have a wheelchair ramp.
Most of the time, new buildings are required by the law to comply with the ADA standards of having features like the wheelchair ramp. It is important sometimes to add features like elevators or ramps to old buildings in order for people in wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and with walking disabilities to have access to a certain area.
Wheelchair ramps are also required in some solutions in the private sector. There are vans with wheelchairs ramps that are mostly seen at schools and senior centers. There are now a number of dealers that are selling vans with these features and it is even easier for you to buy a new van rather than modify an old van for it to have a wheelchair ramp. There are a lot of different styles of automotive ramps such as the in-floor ramp, side lift ramp, side folding ramp, and the rear lift ramp. Moreover, there are now vans today that can lower down to the road in order to unload and load people in wheelchairs or people with disabilities. These vehicles will be priced based on the number of luxury accessories, mode, and year.
You should know that these wheelchair ramps comes in different varieties to serve various purposes. There are permanent, semi-permanent, and portable versions of these wheelchair ramps. Permanent wheelchair ramps are what you need in order to comply with the ADA standards long term and these ramps are usually cemented or bolted in place. These permanent wheelchair ramps are ideal for new halls or buildings. The semi-permanent wheelchair ramps are ideal for short-term solutions and are usually rested on top of the padding or ground. While the portable wheelchair ramps are made out of lightweight materials and can be folded for easier transportation.
It is important for you to make sure that the length of the wheelchair ramp is enough for its purpose every time you will be installing a wheelchair ramp. When it comes to residential use, you need to know first the amount of incline that can be tolerated with your electric wheelchair. The manual of your electric wheelchair will give you this statistic.
You should know that it is not easy to construct a wheelchair ramp on your own. In order for you to make sure that you will comply with all the regulations, you should consider asking for professional help.