Wooden Wheelchair Ramps

Residential Wheelchair Ramps for Homes

Thinking of Building a wooden wheelchair ramp?

  • Lumber prices are near an all time high.
  • Wood requires constant maintenance years to come.
  • Wooden ramps probably don't meet residential ramp code.


Bumpy Transitions

poorly made wooden 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 Solutionwarning Requires periodic demolition and rebuilding
✓ Will not rot or rustwarning Weathers and Decays within years
✓ Virtually Maintenance Freewarning Requires regular Maintenance
✓ East to install with minimal toolswarning Normally requires hiring a contractor
✓ Typically no building permits requiredwarning Requires building permits and typically several inspections
✓ Easy to move, reconfigure or expandwarning Required Demolition for changes
✓ Take it with you if you move!warning Left behind in place or demolished. Typically lowers resale value of a home.
✓ Captured Fasteners, nothing protruding to catch yourself onwarning Often has protruding nail heads or screws. Often a splinter hazard
Meets most building codeswarning May not meet local building codes
✓ Stylish, Modern Designwarning Old Fashioned Looking - Warps and decays
✓ Typically installs in 1-2 hours or lesswarning Typically takes several days to install
✓ No Anchoring into Concrete Requiredwarning Requires Concrete Footings
✓ Smooth transitions on and off the rampwarning Often uneven joints and bumpy transitions
✓ Made of Environmentally Friendly Aluminum - Completely Recyclablewarning Dangerous Chemicals used in pressure treatment process.  Rots over time
✓ Has resale value if no longer neededwarning No resale value - must be demolished