The Difference between Wooden and Aluminum Modular Wheelchair Ramps

USA veteran using an aluminum modular wheelchair ramp

The purpose of this page is to show you the difference between wooden wheelchair ramps and our aluminum modular wheelchair ramp systems. If you would like to learn more about wheelchair ramps, please see our article on How to Choose the Correct Wheelchair Ramp.


Treated Wooden Wheelchair Ramps

Aluminum Modular Ramps

Experience Required

Requires a contractor with extensive woodworking tools

Minimal tools or experience required

Additional Requirements

Footings required

No pre-assembly or concrete footings or pads required

Installation time

About two days

A 24' system can be installed in less than 30 minutes, including handrails


Requires regular maintenance, to prevent rotting, particularly if the wood contains CCA

Low-cost maintenance thanks to rust-resistant aluminum that will not rot or decay


You may need to replace entire ramp every three to five years

One time installation


Traction surface must be purchased and applied

Safe non-skid surface built right into the aluminum tread surface


Requires yearly treatment

No paint or stain needed


Flammable and prone to cause slivers

Non-flammable, no slivers


Cannot be reused or reconfigured

Can be easily expanded, reconfigured, moved, and resold


Cannot be modified or adjusted

Can be quickly modified to adjust for frost heaves and ground settling


If you have any additional questions regarding wheelchair ramps, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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