Making homes more accessible for people with mobility issues is becoming easier than ever. With numerous products to choose from, helpful guidance from government agencies, and multiple financing options, homeowners have lots of options for making their homes safer and easier to navigate.

Still, selecting, buying, and installing the right equipment can be a daunting task for those new to the process. Modular ramps are no exception; it’s essential to create a setup that’s secure and fully functional. If you’re considering adding a modular ramp to your home or the home of a loved one, it’s important to make a smart decision about how to install one on your property. 

In this guide, we’ll explore the different types of modular ramps available, the factors to consider when buying one, tips for getting the best one for your needs, and how to install and maintain it.

What Is a Modular Ramp?

A modular ramp is a pre-engineered system that makes it easier and safe to transition between two levels of a building. They are typically made from aluminum and come in either single or multiple sections for greater flexibility. 

People choose modular ramps over other types of ramps (such as permanent or portable) because of their ease of installation, flexibility, durability, cost-effectiveness, and compatibility with a wide variety of surfaces.

Having a modular ramp installed in your home can be a great way to make your home more accessible for individuals with mobility issues. It can help to improve safety by reducing the risk of trips and falls. Modular ramps can even add value to your home if you are looking to sell in the future. Learn more about home wheelchair ramp requirements here.

Types of Modular Ramps

When choosing a modular ramp for your home, there are several different types available that differ in terms of material, size, safety features, and other factors.

Aluminum Modular Ramps

Aluminum modular ramps are lightweight and durable, making them the most popular choice — by far — for a long-term solution. They are also easy to install and can be customized to fit just about any space. 

Aluminum ramps also resist corrosion, making them a great choice for wet climates, and they are relatively easy to maintain. They’re secure, stable, and typically more affordable than permanent ramp options.

Steel Modular Ramps

Steel modular ramps are heavier than aluminum ramps but offer greater strength and stability. They are also customizable and can be powder-coated for added durability. These ramps are used more often in industrial or commercial settings due to their strength and durability, but they can also be used in residential applications.

Steel ramps require more maintenance than aluminum ramps and may not be suitable for wet climates. They also tend to be more expensive, so it’s important to pay close attention to your budget when selecting the right type of ramp for your needs.

Portable Modular Ramps

Portable modular ramps are designed to be used temporarily. They are lightweight and easy to set up and take down, making them perfect for those who need occasional access to higher areas. These ramps are often used in residential settings, as they can be stored away when not in use.

Portable ramps often cost less than aluminum or steel ramps, but they may not provide the same level of durability or stability. 

Wood Modular Ramps

Wood modular ramps are strong and attractive, making them a great choice for homeowners who want to add a decorative element to their ramp installation. These ramps are usually custom-made and can be personalized with different colors, stains, and finishes, allowing homeowners to create a unique look that fits their home’s style.

While they look great, wood ramps require regular maintenance to remain in optimal condition. They can also be more expensive than other types of modular ramps.

Choosing the Right Modular Ramp

When choosing the right modular ramp for your needs, there are several factors to keep in mind:

Intended Use

Consider where you plan to use the ramp and what type of surface it will be placed on to choose the right material (aluminum, steel, or wood).

Budget

How much you are willing or able to spend on your ramp? The costs for modular ramps vary widely, so you’ll need to do some research to find the right solution for your financial situation.

Size

Before shopping for a modular ramp, measure the area where the ramp will be installed so that you can choose the size and length of the ramp that will best fit your space.

Safety Features

The number-one purpose of a modular ramp is to keep users safe. Look for ADA-approved (Americans with Disabilities Act) ramps that have non-skid surfaces and handrails for maximum safety.

To find the best modular ramp for your needs, read reviews online and speak to a professional for detailed advice. (Our team at Omicelo Health can help!) Additionally, read and understand all terms and conditions before signing any contracts or making a purchase.

Installing a Modular Ramp

Once you have chosen the right modular ramp for your needs, installation is relatively straightforward — especially if you hire a professional to do it for you. However, a modular ramp requires some preparation to ensure that it is secure and safe to use. 

Below are the general steps for installing a modular ramp in your home.

Prepare the Site

Make sure the area is carefully measured, level at the top and bottom landings, and free of debris before installing the ramp. 

Assemble the Components

Carefully follow the instructions provided with the ramp to assemble all components correctly. (We strongly recommend hiring a contractor for this step.)

Secure the Ramp

Use appropriate hardware (such as screws and bolts) that is rated for outdoor use to ensure that your ramp is secure in place and will hold up against the elements. 

Inspect the Ramp

Carefully test all parts and connections on every inch of the modular ramp for any issues before use.

Common mistakes to avoid when installing a modular ramp include not properly preparing the site, not using appropriate hardware, and not following instructions correctly.

Caring for a Modular Ramp

You’ll want your modular ramp to stay safe and fully functional for the long term, so take the time to schedule regular inspections and maintenance. 

Proper care of your modular ramp includes cleaning off any dirt or debris regularly and inspecting it regularly for any signs of wear or damage such as loose bolts or rust spots and making any necessary repairs as soon as possible. 

Find Additional Help at Omicelo Health

Installing a modular ramp can provide many benefits for homeowners including improved accessibility, better safety, added value, and increased convenience without sacrificing style or quality. With careful consideration when purchasing and regular maintenance over time, homeowners can enjoy these benefits with minimal effort or expense.

If you have any questions about shopping for, purchasing, or installing a modular ramp in your home, contact the team at Omicelo Health. We’re here to help people age in place in their homes and guide homeowners through the process of making accessible home modifications. 

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