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Wooden Wheelchair Ramps Safety Assured

May 6, 2008
Want to ensure safety in your home? Why not install a wooden wheelchair ramp? Wooden wheelchair ramps are installed in homes. Most residences with handicapped members prefer to build these ramps themselves. This way, safety, durability, and ease of use can be ensured. Many of these ramps are available in modular kits. Modular wheelchair ramps are usually installed by securing nuts and bolts to the ramp floor, deck, rails and landing systems. These wheelchair ramps can be permanent or temporary.

Wooden wheelchair ramps are often designed according to specific installation standards. Usually, the designs of the ramps are based on the slope, rise and the fixing of the handrails. Modular wooden wheelchair ramps have a maximum slope of one inch of rise per 12 inches of run. The maximum rise for most runs is 30 inches, while the maximum run is also 30 inches.

The minimum inner clearance (width) of the ramp has to be 36 inches. Take note that landing systems for both top and bottom of every run are provided. The landing width should be the same as the ramp itself, but it should be at least 60 inches in length. Handrails are required especially if the ramp ratio exceed 1:15. They are often placed on both sides with a measurement of between 30-38 inches from the ramp floor.

The materials for these kinds of ramps are really important. Although most wooden wheelchair ramps are modular, always inquire about the wood. Keep in mind that the surface should not be slippery. Generally, pressure treated wood is the best material. The essential features are always durability and safety.

It is strongly suggested that the wooden surface be treated. This way, termites and other pests will not damage or destroy the ramp floor. Never forget to use galvanized deck screws (at least 3 inches). Also, rainy seasons or any wet situations can make the floor slippery. Always cover the ramp with rolled roofing, or plastic carpet runners. They are mostly available in your local hardware store.
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