Wooden Wheelchair Ramps

Residential Wheelchair Ramps for Homes

Thinking of Building a wooden wheelchair ramp?

  • Lumber prices are very high
  • Wood requires constant maintenance years
  • Wood ramps probably don't meet residential ramp code

 

Bumpy Transitions

poorly made wooded ramp transitions

Handrails with Splinters

wooden handrails often have splinter dangers

Not Ramp Code Compliant

building wood wheelchair ramps may put you at risk for non-compliance for ramp code

 

Advantages of Aluminum Wheelchair Ramps over Building Wooden Wheelchair Ramps

 

Pathway Wheelchair RampsWooden Handicapped Ramps
✓ Durable, Long-lasting Solution ⚠ Requires periodic demolition and rebuilding
✓ Will not rot or rust⚠ Weathers and Decays within years
✓ Virtually Maintenance Free⚠ Requires regular Maintenance
✓ East to install with minimal tools⚠ Normally requires hiring a contractor
✓ Typically no building permits required⚠ Requires building permits and typically several inspections
✓ Easy to move, re-configure or expand⚠ Required Demolition for changed
✓ it with you if you move!⚠ Left behind in place or demolished. Typically lowers resale value of a home.
✓ Captured Fasteners, nothing protruding to catch yourself on⚠ Often has protruding nail heads or screws. Often a splinter hazard
✓ Meets most building codes⚠ May not meet local building codes
✓ Stylish, Modern Design⚠ Old Fashioned Looking - Warps and decays
✓ Typically installs in 1-2 hours or less⚠ Typically takes several days to install
✓ No Anchoring into Concrete Required⚠ Requires Concrete Footings
✓ Smooth transitions on and off the ramp⚠ Often uneven joints and bumpy transitions
✓ Made of Environmentally Friendly Aluminum - Completely Recyclable⚠ Dangerous Chemicals used in pressure treatment process.  Rots over time
✓ Has resale value if no longer needed⚠ No resale value - must be demolished