How to Choose a Wheelchair Ramp

5 Foot Long Wheelchair Ramps

Appropriate for commercial and public spaces with rises up to five inches, five-foot long mobility scooter ramps can be used in offices, apartment buildings, assisted living facilities, and similar locations. For residential use, they can be used with rises and steps up to 10 inches since ADA-compliancy rules don't apply to personal homes.

What Step Heights Can I Use with Five-Foot Ramps?

Five-foot ramps can be used with step heights, or rises, up to five inches in a commercial setting, and up to 10 inches in a personal residence. If you plan on only transporting unoccupied wheelchairs or mobility scooters, they can be used with rises up to 15 inches.

Understanding ADA Codes for Wheelchair Ramps

Here are some of the ADA codes to which wheelchair ramps must adhere so that individuals with limited mobility are able to access commercial and public spaces. For more in-depth information, please read ADA Specifications: Wheelchair Ramps.

  • The ramp length must be one foot long for every one inch of step height (also known as the rise).
  • Turning areas must be flat and at least 60 inches in diameter with toe and knee clearance.
  • There must be enough space in front of doors, doorways and gates for wheelchairs and scooters to maneuver in front of them.
  • If a surface changes height by .5 inches or more over time, such as a shift in a concrete sidewalk, some type of ramp must be installed for access.
  • New commercial or public buildings have to adhere to ADA standards; older buildings might be exempt depending on their architectural layout.