Adapta Ramps is dedicated to providing customers with high-quality commercial wheelchair and access ramps for buildings, offices, stores, and other places that are open to the public. Our commercial ramps come in individually packaged module kits that are easy to assemble and install.
Our commercial ramps can be used no matter the layout of your available space due to their modular nature. In addition, we make sure that the specifications of our commercial wheelchair ramps comply with the latest Australian building codes and regulations.
For better durability, the components of our commercial access ramps and handrails are pre-coated, providing them with added protection against harsh weather elements. This ensures that your outdoor ramp will last a long time.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the standard for commercial wheelchair ramps in Australia?
A commercial access ramp that’s designed for wheelchair users must have a length of over 1,900mm and a maximum gradient of 1:20.
What are the required dimensions of commercial wheelchair ramps in Australia?
Threshold ramps, or those that cross doorways, are required to have a maximum rise of 35mm, and their length should not exceed 280mm. Commercial wheelchair access ramps, on the other hand, should be at least 1,000mm wide. Ideally, its surface should have a width of about 1,500mm, providing 2 individuals with enough space to pass each other easily. Having a 1,800mm wide surface allows a person in a wheelchair to conveniently turn 180°.
What is the Australian Standard for commercial ramps with handrails?
Australian Standards require handrails to be constructed and designed in a certain way to ensure the safety of users. For instance, the exposed sides of walkways, platforms, and landings that exceed a height of 300 millimetres should be equipped with handrails. As required by the AS 1428.1-2009 guideline, these safety features should be affixed to support posts.
In addition, the height of the handrail from the surface of a walkway or a commercial access ramp should be between 900 to 1,100 millimetres. The height of the handrail’s top surface should be consistent throughout the entire ramp, stairway, or walkway.
If the commercial ramp is located above an area that people have access to, then the edges of its walkway should have a toeboard. The height of this added safety feature should not exceed 100 millimetres.
If the handrail is composed of a top and a mid-rail, the gap between these two objects should not exceed 450 millimetres. As for the mid or intermediate rail, its distance from the surface shouldn’t go beyond 560 millimetres if the ramp doesn’t have a toeboard.
What is the maximum gradient slope a commercial access ramp should have?
According to Design for Mobility, the overall slope a commercial access ramp is allowed to have depends on its design, purpose, and function. A kerb ramp, for instance, allows people in wheelchairs to easily transition from a footpath to a roadway. This type of ramp’s gradient must not go beyond 1:8.
On the other hand, a step ramp helps people go over a single step. This ramp’s length should not go beyond 1,900 millimetres and not exceed a slope of 1:10. Threshold ramps are those that help people with mobility aids or those pushing strollers to access a doorway. These ramps, which typically cover a distance of less than 280 millimetres, usually have maximum gradients of 1:8.
As for commercial access ramps, they should have slip-resistant surfaces if they are steeper than 1:20 but shallower than 1:14.
If the ramp’s total length is over 1,900 millimetres, then its maximum slope must be 1:14.
What is the ideal weight capacity of commercial ramps?
The total weight capacity of commercial ramps depends on their design and purpose. Generally, access ramps or those that are designed to help people cross uneven surfaces through an inclined plane should be sturdy enough to support heavy weights. Ideally, commercial access ramps should have a weight capacity of up to 500 kilograms, which is more than enough to support the weight of an average person and a mobility aid.
What is a comfortable slope to walk on?
Since commercial ramps are designed to help people reach places they need to visit, they should be comfortable to use and not be too steep. In addition to following the guidelines regarding the proper gradients of commercial ramps, long access ramps should also have landings on their surface. These features break up the inclined sections of the ramp to make it easier and safer for people to use.
The frequency of these landings depends on the overall slope of the ramp. For a commercial access ramp that has a gradient of 1:14, there should be a landing every 9 metres. On the other hand, ramps with a 1:20 slope should have landings every 15 metres.