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Portable Wheelchair Ramps for the House

by Tammie Johnson

When trying to enter a building with no handicap access, portable ramps are convenient and essential for people confined to wheelchairs or scooters. There are several types of portable ramps for use at home or other buildings. Some ramps are lightweight and easy to transport. Some ramps fold in half, while others fold up even smaller. Other ramps are made to unroll and roll up with little effort. Some ramps fold up like a suitcase and have a handle for easy carrying.

Aluminum Ramps

Most private homes do not have wheelchair ramps.

Some portable ramps are constructed of lightweight aluminum. This makes the ramps easy to carry. Most aluminum ramps fold to make setup simple. Aluminum ramps come with some type of non-slip surface and most have side rails, making it safer to maneuver wheelchairs and scooters. Portable aluminum ramps also come in a variety of lengths and cost less than other portable ramps.

Roll-Up Ramps

Roll up ramps are very sturdy but cost a little more than aluminum folding ramps.

Portable roll-up ramps are made from rubber or aluminum. They roll and unroll easily. These ramps are lightweight so they are easy to manage and store. Roll-up ramps are sturdy enough to be used with heavier equipment than just wheelchairs and scooters. The roll-up style ramp can do double duty at your home. It is easy to load four-wheelers or riding lawn mowers onto trucks, trailers or porches using these ramps. Due to the design and sturdiness of roll up ramps, they cost more than the folding styles of portable ramps.

Do-It-Yourself Ramps

Build your own portable wheelchair ramp.

If you enjoy do-it-yourself projects, you can make a portable ramp. Find or create a design keeping safety in mind. Research design guidelines for ramps to see exactly how a ramp should be constructed. Homemade ramps can be less expensive than other ramps.

Things to Consider

Portable ramps should be lightweight. If your ramp is long, you will need to have some type of support for your portable ramp. It is dangerous to use a ramp without guides or rails. When designing your own portable ramp, be sure to design some type of railing to go along the edges of the ramp so the wheels of the wheelchair cannot slip off the sides. Add some type of non-slip tread or anything to add some type of texture so the wheels of the chair or scooter have more traction.

About the Author

Tammie Johnson has been writing since 1989 and teaching English for more than 25 years. Her lessons have been published by various education websites. Johnson received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and Master of Arts in education from the University of South Carolina. She is also National Board-certified in English/language arts.

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