Patriot Mobility Inc

Wheelchair Ramp Preparation
for Winter

Winter brings with it festive holidays, hot cups of cocoa and a new year to look forward to. However winter also has a number of precautions and hazards to look out for, especially if your home has any accessibility equipment. One of the most affected mobility pieces of equipment is the wheelchair ramp for your home. While handicap ramps are made of material that makes it much harder for rain or snow to stick, they can still be subject to mother nature. You can make preparations for your ramp to endure the harsh elements by following these steps to ensure your home is safe for you. 

Investing in a Quality Ramp


A wheelchair ramp can be a hefty financial investment depending on your budget, which is why it is crucial to pick one that is right for you. If you already own a ramp it is important to understand what kind of ramp you have, what material its made of and if you have warranty on it. if you live in an area where snow or rain are an issue, regardless of the season, then consider getting a ramp that can handle those extreme conditions. There are types of ramps that have some sort of innate weather protection built into them and those ramps are: 

Aluminum modular ramps are designed with safety as the first priority. These ramps are built for hazardous weather conditions thanks to their surfaces. Aluminum and metal ramps can come with a treaded or mesh surface that staves off unwanted snow and rain. The difference between a metal ramp with powdered coating and an aluminum one is powdered coating adds a layer of personalization. Powdered coating ramps do cost more due to the steel shortage. Wooden ramps are stained and pressure treated to withstand harsh conditions and natural rotting. 

Clearing Your Ramp

One of the first things you can do when preparing for winter is cleaning and clearing your ramp and ramp steps if applicable. Some ramps already have a mesh type surface design and allow rain and snow to slip through the walkway, and require less maintenance than the others. Wooden ramps, while less versatile than their aluminum or metal ramp counterparts, have a protective coat applied to them and have spaces that act as a drainage for water. However, a big snowstorm can cause a potential problem for you if you don’t keep the walkway clear or let the now pile up prior. 

You can clean and clear your ramp by: 

  • Using a broom or shovel to wipe away any snow
  • ice melt that is safe to use on metal or aluminum

One of the best ways to clean the thick broom or a snow shovel preferably one that is not metal as it can damage the ramp instead of clean it. In the event that you are unable to clean the ramp, consider asking someone to help you beforehand. 

Using ice melt for your ramp can simplify the cleaning process. If you plan on using a salt make sure the ice melt is one that is non-corrosive if your ramp is a metal/aluminum one as it can also damage the ramp. Wooden ramps usually have a protective coat and ice melt can be an even better solution than simply shoveling. If you have pets, make sure to use a salt that has calcium chloride as its main chemical. 

Schedule a Service Call

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Wheelchair ramps for the most part, don’t need maintenance performed on them and can last you for several years. However, the weather can be unpredictable and can affect your mobility investment. In the event that your handicap ramp is subject to damage, it is best to call a professional to evaluate the damage and find the best solution for freedom of mobility. They will be able to tell you whether you need a new ramp or can perform a simple repair job. 

Depending on the type of ramp you own and the warranty/maintenance plans you have, the maintenance price will vary, however aluminum and wooden tend to be cost effective. Here at Patriot Mobility we offer ramp maintenance, service and repair plans to guarantee your ramp mobility investment. 

If you are looking to have your wheelchair ramp evaluated or want one installed for the rest of winter, speak with one of our mobility specialists by calling 1-800-392-9036 or send a request by clicking the button below.