Wheelchair ramps are commonly known as handicap ramps, scooter ramps, or mobility ramps
Wheelchair ramps are specially designed to make houses, buildings, and other areas much more accessible to people who use these mobility devices or who are unable to climb due to weakness or limited motor ability.
Permanent and semi-permanent ramps are the most common and are available in several different styles and designs. Many buildings have them installed as part of the initial construction, while others set them up as later modifications.
Several materials can be used to create wheelchair ramps. However, wood and aluminium are the most popular choices. They both serve the same purpose – to improve access to your house, outdoor areas, and buildings. But there are specific differences that can influence your decision to choose one over the other.
#1 Is It Going To Be A Permanent Ramp?
For a more permanent solution, consider choosing a wooden ramp over an aluminium one. However, they cannot be removed or even adjusted once they’re sized, cut, and installed on a property. In most instances, they require permanent concrete anchors as well.
On the other hand, aluminium ramps are modular, meaning that most components are manufactured in a different location, and then assembled and installed on site. Some aluminium ramps come with sliding legs that let individual sections of the ramp to be raised or lowered based on your specific requirements. They are relatively easy to adjust in case you decide to carry out renovations to your house.
#2 Are To Planning To Move Or Resell Your House?
In case you opt for a permanent ramp, but want to sell your house in the future, it would mean you cannot relocate the ramp at your new home. Woden ramps are attractive and have several excellent features that can match your home. But as mentioned earlier, the downside is that they need concrete anchors to make sure they’re stable and safe to use.
This means, the concrete has to be poured in every single supporting leg, which makes it extremely difficult to remove the ramp once it’s been installed at the site. Sometimes, that can affect the value of the property, as not every prospective homebuyer may want a ramp leading up to their entrance.
Aluminium ramps, on the other hand, do not require concrete anchors, and even though they do seem a bit industrial, they are available in several colours and designs to suit your taste and décor. Besides, aluminium ramps are incredibly light and easy to remove or relocate if required. This gives the ramps the kind of adaptability that cannot be achieved by opting for wood. It also doesn’t impact the value of your property, as you can easily remove them without causing any damage to your house.
#3 What’s Your Budget?
The upfront costs of a wooden ramp is lower than an aluminium one. So, if you require a ramp now and are working on a modest budget, consider opting for the wooden ramp. However, keep in mind that additional costs like hiring professional contractors, concrete anchors, inspections, and yearly maintenance will push this ramp’s price well beyond an aluminium one. This makes it essential that you take your time and carefully compare all options before making a decision.
#4 Do You Have The Time And Energy To Devote To Installation?
Once the wood, aluminium parts, and other material have been purchased, they will then need to be installed. A wooden ramp typically needs to be installed by a professional contractor and requires specific builder tools to complete the task. However, if you are planning on a DIY installation, an aluminium ramp is the way to go.
We offer a wide variety of ramp layouts and options and will help you with the design, planning, and the installation of your ramp. You can call 1800 232 782 or contact Adapta through this form, and one of our representatives will contact you shortly.