A Brief Introduction to Aluminum Wheelchair Ramps
This article aims to give advice to people with disabilities that tie them to their wheelchair, or those with businesses seeking to make it possible for this particular demographic to enjoy their services as well.
It is a well known fact that aluminum wheelchair ramps fulfill a number of favorable points such as: affordability, durability, and long-lastingness and ease of montage and transport (because they are so light).
There are many different materials that make a good wheelchair ramp, such as wood, steel and concrete, but when compared to the ones of aluminum their scores are pretty low. And there are multiple reasons for this.
First off, these ramps are far easier for maintenance – as opposed to the ones made of wood which can easily break if overused. Another good advantage is that they are designed in such a fashion that they do not take up much space, nor time to install or take apart.
Generally there are three types of aluminum wheelchair ramps:
Sectional aluminum wheelchair ramps, a.k.a. modular wheelchair ramps are highly functional and adaptable. They also tend to have a more aesthetically appealing design than, for example, steel galvanized ramps. These ramps also have flexible length and width dimensions, in order to suite a particular wheelchair design or space consumption requirement by means of adding or removing certain sections of the ramp.
Solid aluminum wheelchair ramps are, on the other hand, a single piece design. Accordingly, these ramps are a better solution of the permanent kind (as opposed to the previous which are better suited for temporary use). They do not need to be assembled as one ramp is one single piece. They are as good as a solution for wheelchairs as they are for scooters. On a side note, they are also very safe to use.
Other types of ramps include portable aluminum wheelchair ramps, folding aluminum wheelchair ramps, threshold aluminum wheelchair ramps, each designed to suite a particular accessibility requirement.
A Word or Two on the Factors Which May Influence a Person's Choice
Next off, a few tips on choosing the right ramp for a particular use. For example if a person should use a ramp to get into the house, it should probably be a sturdy and waterproof one – that is to say a single piece, mixed alloy aluminum wheelchair ramp. This is because aluminum is easy to maneuver, but on the down side not at all that durable, and should thus be mixed with other materials in order to retain its own up sides but also obtain a share of their qualities – thus becoming alloy.
Aside from the previously mentioned models, since aluminum is easy to manipulate both shape-wise as well as its chemical properties, a custom-made ramp shouldn't be too big of an issue either.