Handicap Ramps Are Light Weight But Sturdy!


A handicap ramp is a strong, solid but gently sloping surface generally used in place of stairs to facilitate easy access to different levels of ground for the physically challenged people. Portable Handicap Ramps are used in places where permanent solutions are either not desired or available. Hence, wheelchairs, scooters and just about anything with feet or wheels can easily roll over these mobility assisting ramps.

The advantage with portable ramps is that, they can be easily shifted from one place to another. Some smaller ramps are so light that they can even be carried along on the backside pocket of a wheelchair. To make them easily portable, these ramps are made from light weight but extremely sturdy and durable materials. Most commonly used materials are Aluminum or Fiberglass. Some manufacturers also make these ramps from non-corrosive glass reinforced Plastic. In addition, the most popular portable handicap ramps are slip-resistant, suitable for all kinds of weather and easy to clean and maintain.

Portable handicap ramps are available in various sizes. They can either be single piece (from about two feet to five feet), foldable (between six to ten feet) or even longer when the need arises. Some ramps are even fitted with height adjustment facility, while others come with kick ledges for multidirectional access. All such ramps are preferably at least thirty-six inches wide to allow for safe passage of wheelchairs, scooters, and the likes.

Portable handicap ramps have huge load capacity, usually of about two hundred and fifty kilograms and above while the ramp itself may weigh only about four to six kilograms.
To avoid any mishap and make these ramps safe, it is imperative that the gradient (slope) should comply with building regulations of minimum of 1:12. To explicate, for every one inch or 25mm measured from ground level to say the doorsill, the ramp should be twelve inch or 300mm long.

Although portable handicap ramps are not all that inexpensive, their usefulness largely undermines the cost. The cost of these ramps depends on the material used, the length, width, height and other features like special aids such as height and length adjustment and also the availability in one’s country or area of residence.

Portable handicap ramps find many uses on thresholds, curbs, trailers, decks, side doors and backdoors of most vans and SUVs, to cite a few. They are manufactured in most countries but the developed nations provide have a wider range and better quality to offer. All in all, portable handicap ramps are easy to use and effective access solutions that provide easy independent mobility to the disabled.