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How to Choose a Wheelchair Ramp

Modular Handicap Access Ramps

Manufactured from high-strength, lightweight aluminum, modular handicap ramps are ideal for creating ADA compliant entrances for both residential and commercial buildings. Thanks to their free-standing, modular design, these handicap ramp systems make great permanent or temporary structures that can be moved or reconfigured easily to meet any changing needs.

ADA Guidelines for Modular Ramps

While modular ramp systems installed at a private residence aren’t required to meet ADA specifications, it is important to follow the instruction manual and all guidelines to ensure a safe and useable wheelchair ramp.

  • Every 1” of vertical rise requires 1’ of ramp length
  • Handrails are required on ramps with a rise of 6” or more
  • Ramps should be a minimum of 36” wide
  • A level landing is necessary at the accessible door
  • Landings subject to wet conditions shall be designed to prevent the accumulation of water


For detailed descriptions and additional ADA guidelines for building a modular ramp system, read our article on ADA building codes for wheelchair ramps.

Measuring for a Modular Ramp

To help you determine the modular ramp system that will best suit your specific needs, you will need to measure the amount of space you have available, as well as the height of the rise you are trying to overcome.

Our article on finding the proper length for your wheelchair ramp will make it easy to calculate exactly how much ramp you will need. To map out your system and calculate the approximate cost before ordering, you can use our site evaluation worksheet.

What is Included in a Modular Ramp System?

Our modular ramp systems include:

  • Ramps
  • Stairs
  • Platform sections (sold separately)
  • Hardware


Discount Ramps Can Help

All systems are manufactured from high-strength, lightweight aluminum and feature built-in skid-resistant surfaces for superior traction. Handrails can be added to any ramp, stair, or platform section for additional safety and stability. Our team of mobility experts will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have about measuring for, ordering, and assembling your ramp. Please contact us online or via phone: 1-888-651-3431.