The ADA Guidelines, or the regulations set out by the American Disability Act, are put forth to demonstrate and set a standard for wheelchair accessibility. This includes the sizes of ramps, how they should be built, what codes should be met in order to adhere to safety standards, and much more. When residential and commercial wheelchair ramps adequately follow these guidelines, there is little room for potential injury regarding a faulty wheelchair ramp, handrail, or curb.
While it may seem simple enough to install a wheelchair ramp, there are actually a variety of rules in place to ensure that the ramps are sturdy, can hold a certain weight, are of a certain height and angle, and are made of durable materials that are easy for wheelchair wheels to roll on. To install a wheelchair ramp, we’ll begin by measuring the space available and coming up with a design relevant to the entrance that will make access to the front door easy. If you have a pathway or a walkway leading up to the front entrance, this can easily be converted into a ramp that gradually turns from a path into a ramp, making the transition from the street or driveway to the front entrance easy and smooth.
The ADA guidelines themselves govern and set the standard for how wheelchair ramps should be installed in public spaces, but should also be used when installing residential ramps for added safety. The ADA guidelines lay out the measurements needed for a safe slope, including the size, width, length, and slope, while it also implements the need for handrails and softer curbs so that accessing the ramps themselves are easier and quicker when coming from another area such as a parking lot, sidewalk, or a multi-level surface.
Wheelchair Ramp Sizes
Wheelchair ramp sizes are regulated by the ADA and state that ramps must have a maximum slope limit, while they must also be at least 36 inches wide during building. If you have a commercial space that sees more frequent daily visitors, your ramp may be required to be wider to accommodate more than one wheelchair at a time. Other size regulations including having handrails that must be placed on both sides of the ramp, regardless of its width, and the bottom transitional landings of the ramp slope must be at least 5 square in width and length.
The reason our wheelchair ramp installations are closely mirrored by the ADA guidelines, is because we believe in safety and durability of all of our products. If we’re installing products that are not up to code standard and are not safe for wheelchair use, this can result in strict liabilities for us and you, should someone get injured while using your wheelchair ramp. We take extra safety measures and precautions to avoid this and ensure that your ramps are all built to the same safety standard set out by the ADA guidelines. Find out much more details about us.