Patriot Mobility Inc

How are Wheelchair Ramps Installed


While wheelchair ramps are known for being highly quick to install, there is a whole other process that needs to take place beforehand. Before installing a handicap ramp, it is imperative to have an in-home evaluation done to decide whether a ramp is the best solution. Once it is decided that a ramp is the ideal choice, then comes choosing a specific ramp that can enable your mobility best, whether it is with a threshold ramp or a modular ramp. 

Your In-home Evaluation

It is highly recommended to request an evaluation of your home for multiple reasons such as measurements of the home, construction concerns or possible obstacles for installation and whether or not a wheelchair ramp is the best solution for you. Measuring and obtaining the dimensions of a house is crucial for installing and assembling the ramp itself. 

For example if your front yard only has 15 feet to work with, then it is important to know that number that way a wheelchair ramp won’t go over the front yard and onto the side walk. Assembly and installation will also hasten as a result of the measurements taken previously. 

During the evaluation, the person doing the inspection can find out what to be mindful of in the home and what may cause a future issue for installation. If there is little space or uneven ground, the installers can plan ahead and overcome the challenge. Knowing that information beforehand aids in planning out how to install the ramp and avoid mistakes.  

Finally an evaluation can prove if the handicap ramp is the ideal choice for the home as opposed to a stair lift. If there is a a steep stair way outside your home, a stair lift or even a vertical platform lift may be a better solution given the slope of the incline. If property space is an issue, then a vertical platform lift is an option as long as minor construction is allowed on the property. If a person is not wheelchair bound, yet has trouble going up the steps then a stair lift may be a great alternative. 

Choosing the Right Ramp for the Right Job

After your in-home evaluation is complete the next step is choosing your wheelchair ramp. Depending on the evaluation, a ramp will be recommended by the mobility expert. If say you have a step or two to climb over in order to enter your home, a threshold ramp could be recommended for its adjustable height and lightweight design. A folding ramp could also work and may be recommended if you also travel a majority of your day. The best option is to ask questions and follow the advice of the mobility expert or installer. Remember that these handicap ramp suggestions all have a good reason behind them and should be considered when making the decision to purchase. 

Day of Installation

Usually wheelchair ramp installations don’t take longer than a day to install; it is even more likely the job will last only a couple of hours. If there are any instructions that the installers have given you beforehand such as making extra space in the front of the home or temporarily moving some items then do so before the installer arrives. When they do arrive they will begin to assembly the ramp check again for anything that may jeopardize the installation. Once the installation is complete the installer will do a last check and use the wheelchair ramp themselves or ask you to use to see if everything works properly. 

Once the installation and final checks are done, you are now ready to use your new wheelchair ramp. One of the perks of wheelchair ramps is that they require little to no maintenance, so you will very unlikely need to have extra work done for your handicap ramp afterwards.  The only thing needed is to check to see if anything looks out of place on the ramp. If you are interested in purchasing a ramp then feel free to give us a call at 1(800) 392-9066 or click the button below.