Building ramps for homes or commercial buildings is important to make sure that any disabled or aged person riding a wheelchair never has a problem in accessing. In other words, ramp solutions are a great way to eliminate discrimination at any private or public place and giving everyone the full liberty to move. For this, most office buildings and storefronts today are being equipped with commercial wheelchair ramps, whereas the homes with stylish residential ramps.

However, most do not know the ideal conditions or ways to fit a ramp in their respective premises. So, here are the crucial facts explained that one should contemplate to get ramps installed in their home, shop or office building.

#1 The entrance

Surely, the entrance, which is the point where ramps will be placed, is the first consideration. Whether the doorway is wide or narrow, has one or more doors, is placed under a shade or not, all need to be considered to decide the exact type of ramp required. Apart from that, how the entryway is linked to other parts of the building is necessary to know the length required for the ramp.

#2 Material

What materials to use to build your ramp solution? This is the next vital consideration for your ramps and must be wisely chosen to give them maximum strength. Some of the popular materials that are best at building strong ramps are aluminum, wood, and steel.

#3 Incline or slope

Do not forget that ramps for homes or any other buildings is to provide accessibility to wheelchairs, and other vehicles like strollers, kids’ bikes or scooters, and luggage trolleys. The lesser steep the ramp is, the easier it is to climb and walk through. Besides, highly steep ramps are not only strenuous to climb for anyone who is physically weak, but there are also chances of tipping off.

#4 Surface material

While your ramp must be made of any hardest material to ensure the highest load capacity and durability, the surface needs special attention too. It should be somewhat rough or jagged to stop the wheelchairs or vehicles from slipping. However, it should be partially smooth too to make it equally accessible for persons with walkers or walking sticks. Besides, the surface should be designed well to prevent the collection of water or dust.

#5 Hand railings

Most commercial wheelchair ramps must be supported with railings to provide additional support to users. It helps any old or disabled persons to climb up with their wheelchair alone by holding on the handrails. Thus, the height, style and material of the handrails should be carefully considered so that they give an easy grip to the users.

Whether you want ramp solutions for your house or commercial building, these factors for considerations are common for both. However, there are some other lookouts that will help you better choose a ramp solution such as, length of the doorway, lighting around the ramp and time-frame for installation.

Author's Bio: 

The author is an expert building architect who has encourages the additional infrastructure like commercial wheelchair ramps to eliminate discrimination in mobility in places. He likes to write blogs on the uses of different kinds of ramps, including ramps for homes, shops, stores, markets, and official residences.