Handicapped ramps need some for thought when it comes to placement and how it will affect the surrounding use of space.  Not only is landscaping affected, the aesthetics of the home but also the use of space within the yard.  It is optimal to build a handicapped ramp in a location that will have the least impact on the usable space within a yard.  Kids and adults alike use the yard space for recreation and for this reason it is best to build the ramp with these thoughts in mind.

When planning space within the entrance area of the home it is important to think about a design that encompasses the current style and landscape of the home.  If a home is very modern and has a contemporary flair you might be able to blend a metal ramp into the porch design and landscape.  However, if the home is classic or country in style a metal handicapped ramp will look out of place and a wooden one would prove to be a better option.  The nicest feature about wooden ramps is that they are stainable and will easily match or blend into décor that is in place already.

The landing of a ramp is also important and should be designed as a square or rectangle.  The ramp way should intersect with the landing head-on.  It is important for the wheelchair user to have an approach, landing, that is head on and perpendicular so that the intersection is flat.  If a wheelchair hits the landing without both wheels entering the ramps at the same time the person using the wheelchair’s safety could be compromised.  Both wheels need to pass over the landing at the same time to promote the safest entrance and exit possible.  If the exit/entrance is angles this will cause an imbalance and could potentially cause the chair to tip.

Joints within a wheelchair ramp should also be constructed with the utmost care. When joining to areas of a ramp it is important to also make the union balanced.  Never should the landing be angled.  This could be incredibly tricky if the ramp that is being built is on more than a ninety degree angle.  The landing for the ramp at the union will need to be big enough for the wheelchair user to position them to take the intersecting landing straight on.  The turning direction of a wheelchair is forty eight inches and should be considered when building the ramp and landings.

The process of putting in a handicap ramp is not one that should be taken lightly.  There are many factors to consider when looking into the materials, size and style ramp that would best suit the home and need.  Figuring out the space accommodations is only one piece of the puzzle to figure in before the installation process begins.  It is best to consider a professional handicap ramp installer for structures that are to be a permanent fixture to the home.