There are different situation in life that bring about disability and immobility to people and thus making them dependable on wheelchairs to move from one place to another. Those who have unfortunately found themselves in this condition need to be respected and treated like other mobile and completely abled human beings. Unfortunately, due to the nature of wheelchairs, these affected persons cannot access some buildings due to the lack of a wheelchair ramp which is necessary for all buildings that are open to the public to have. Different wheelchair ramps are available depending on material and how permanent it is at the place of installation. Here are the important factors of consideration before installing wheelchair ramps.
The first factor of consideration is the material to use to construct the wheelchair ramps. Some of the good and common material used to make wheelchair ramps are wood and aluminum. Material is very important to be considered as it dictates the period of time the ramps are going to be functional. One good material to use for the construction of wheelchair ramps is wood but once they reach there threshold, they weaken and become slippery making them dangerous to use due to the exposure to agents such as snow and rainwater.
Any construction and installation has its own cost and this applies too in the installation of wheelchair ramps. Different materials bring about different charges due to the cost of the construction materials and amount of labor required. Consider your financial ability during that time and choose material and ramp length that will not put you at a fix and still be able to achieve durability and quality.
Another factor of consideration when looking to install wheelchair ramps is the maintenance of the ramps. There are certain material such as wood which requires lots of maintenance which comes at an extra cost. When looking to install wheelchair ramps, consider installing ramps that will last as long and require low maintenance thus reducing operation cost for the ramps. Aluminum wheelchair ramps can be ideal at this point.
There are wheelchair ramps that require the acquisition of permits so as to install them where necessary. Consider installing wheelchair ramps made of material such as aluminum as they are not all permanent and thus do not need acquisition of permits to be installed or used.
When looking to install wheelchair ramps, it is important that you do a survey and consider the locations you going to install them. Consider going through the design of the building and the entrances and exits available to identify the ideal spots for the installation of wheelchair ramps.