How to Choose the Correct Wheelchair Ramp
DiscountRamps.com has a large selection of Wheelchair Ramps of various sizes and styles to ensure that there’s something that perfectly fits your specific need. This page is designed to help you understand the differences between each type of wheelchair and scooter ramp so that you can make an informed buying decision. Please contact us if you have any additional questions regarding Wheelchair Ramps, and one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives will be glad to assist you!
Wheelchair Ramp Styles
Modular Handicap Access Ramps - Designed to fit any home or business applications and meet ADA codes, these ramp systems can be custom-ordered in a variety of different configurations to ensure that the ramp meets your exact needs. These ramps are not considered to be portable but can be disassembled and moved as needed.
Portable Wheelchair Ramps - Lightweight, compact, and easy to set up, the portable wheelchair ramps come in multiple varieties (see below) so you can find one that fits your style, budget, and storage constraints. Portable ramps are most commonly used for loading onto porches and steps and into vans.
Solid & Threshold Ramps - Perfect for maneuvering manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and mobility scooters over short rises or through doorways around the home or office. These ramps have been thoroughly tested to withstand daily, repetitive use.
Wheelchair Van Ramps - Designed to assist you with loading a scooter or power chair into a full-size van, minivan, or SUV, and available in multiple styles. The wheelchair van ramps can mount inside the rear of your vehicle. Portable folding ramps are available for rear and/or side door loading and are available with handles for portability.
Types of Portable Wheelchair Ramps
Single Fold Wheelchair Ramps - A more affordable option and available in 2'-8' lengths, these ramps are sometimes referred to as Suitcase Ramps because they look like a suitcase when being carried by the handle. Commonly used for short inclines or loading an unoccupied power chair into the side of a minivan.
Multi-Folding Wheelchair Ramps - Also sometimes referred to as suitcase ramps, multi-fold ramps fold twice so that they become a quarter of their unfolded size. They are available in 5'-12' lengths, and are commonly used when smaller storage size is required.
Telescoping Wheelchair Ramps - Designed for manual wheelchairs only, telescoping wheelchair ramps slide into themselves to offer adjustable lengths up to 10' for loading onto various vertical heights. They are compact and light for ease of transport.
Wheelchair Track Ramps - Designed for manual wheelchairs only, track ramps are sets of two narrow ramps that are placed parallel to each other, similar to railroad tracks. They are much more compact and therefore easier to store than full-width wheelchair ramps.
Additional Questions to Consider
How long should your wheelchair ramp be? Please see our page on determining proper wheelchair ramp length for more information on safe and proper ramp length.
What are the ADA specifications for wheelchair ramps? Before setting up your wheelchair ramp, you’ll want to make sure that it meets the ADA guidelines for wheelchair threshold ramps and the ADA building codes for wheelchair ramps.
Please contact us if you have any additional questions, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable staff members will be glad to assist you.
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