When installing access ramps on the exterior of the home, there are several factors to consider for safety, and to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act:
- Slope: The rule of thumb for slope is one foot of ramp length for each inch of height drop. For example, if the ramp is replacing an entrance 12” from the ground, then, following this model, the ramp would extend 12 feet from the entrance. Special considerations are necessary for ramps longer than 15 feet, and for heights greater than 36”.
- Ramp Transition: Similar to a kiddie pool with a zero-entry slope, the access ramp transition should be seamless both onto and off of the ramp. To accomplish this at the low end, submerge a portion of the structure into the sidewalk or, alternatively, create a canted or Dutch angle to negate the transition. At the top of the rise, take into consideration the bump of the door frame, which may be too difficult to overcome in a wheelchair.
- Ramp Edge: With any ramp, installing an edge is a safety necessity. This edge ensures that casters on wheelchairs – or other wheeled assistance devices, like rollators – will not slip over the side, but will be contained on the ramp itself.
- Non-slip Surface: This safety feature allows all users to travel safely up and down the ramp, in a variety of conditions.
At Symbius Medical, we work with a variety of manufacturers to provide economical solutions, including the EZ-Access EZ-Install modular wheelchair ramps. This customizable solution fully complies with ADA specifications and offers a quick and convenient installation. At Symbius Medical, we believe the right thing for you is the right thing for us. Contact us today to learn more about our services and resources.