Choosing The Right Wheelchair Ramp



These days, wheelchair accessibility is a must for disabled people to come and go as they please without having to worry. That means making it a priority not just for the home, but places of businesses and other spots as well.


There are plenty of wheelchair ramp models available for purchase, but it can be difficult to understand which ones to choose to suit your particular needs. Thankfully, Factory Direct Medical carries several models that you can choose from. This article goes in-depth into each model to better explain their particular function, and the purpose of their design. Read on before you consider making your purchase.


A*Com Commercial Modular Ramp Kits (With Turns)

Commercial businesses that require a temporary wheelchair ramp solution may benefit from the A*Com series. They can be set up exactly to specific demands and needs, and assembled very easily with a few common household tools. These ramp kits adhere to ICB and local building codes, with high construction and durability standards. The ability to tear down existing setups and reconfigure for different applications is a major draw of this model.


Another modular wheelchair ramp kit users can purchase is the Armada series, which focus specifically on households and other buildings with a flat level service at the bottom of the ramp, and a raised porch or deck at the top. This modular system isn’t permanent, and may be disassembled if one wishes, without drastically changing the landscape of the house. This makes it an excellent solution for those who may wish to sell their house in the future or are moving into a new building and wish to take their Armada ramp system with them.


Quick Ramp Modular System

Wheelchair ramps tend to come in either wood or aluminum, but the Quick Ramp Modular series offers the best of both worlds by providing an aluminum base upon which to install a customized wooden ramp system. Each kit contains instructions with ADA guidelines, cut lists for lumber, and available plans for add-ons such as handrails. The major benefit of this ramp system is the cost-savings, since users can decide exactly how and where to buy the kind of lumber they wish to use for the final build. This offers a level of flexibility rarely seen in most wheelchair ramp systems. Each Quick Ramp system carries a ten year warranty on its aluminum framing.


Multi-Fold Ramps

Portable wheelchair ramps are an excellent way to achieve maximum mobility and accessibility while you’re on the go. Available in lengths ranging from 5 to 10 feet, these ramps can also be folded to half of their extended width and length when folded up. Storing and transport is made easy and simple, and can be taken with you in your vehicle for quick deployment if required. It’s a great way to make sure you always have an accessibility option, no matter where you are.


Portable Ramps

Mini Ramps come in two forms – Bifold and solid non-folding variations. Bifold (or suitcase) ramps offer quick and easy deployment to make it over any non-wheelchair accessible area, without the need for permanent fixtures. With lengths ranging from 3 to 6 feet, users can unfold the ramp at a moment’s notice to deal with terrain that does not have a natural incline. Small yet powerful, this ramp series has a 600 lb. weight capacity, and is suitable for rises up to 12 inches, depending on ramp length. This is more than enough for occupants in a wheelchair to traverse inclines, then pack up their ramps and transport and/or store afterwards.


Non-Folding ramps follow the same basic idea, but consist of a single piece of welded aluminum with a permanent textured non-skid surface. This gives you two options to decide which is best for your particular needs.


We hope this gives you more insight into the available options for wheelchair ramps, and helps you decide which model is best for your particular need. If you still have further questions before deciding on a purchase, we invite you to contact us for more information. We’d be glad to help!