Purchasing and Using Threshold Ramps

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An investment in threshold ramps may be necessary in numerous instances. Steps or slight bumps in a doorway may stop someone in a wheelchair or scooter from moving through that doorway. Threshold ramps provide a solution.

These ramps exist in both interior and outdoor models. Regardless of where they’re used, threshold ramps offer significant improvements in access and mobility.

What Are Threshold Ramps?

Threshold ramps are slight wedges placed next to or through a threshold. For example, if you have a doorway that has a bottom edge that is not flat; someone in a wheelchair may be unable to easily pass over that threshold to move between the rooms. The ramp provides a smooth transom over the obstacle.

In addition, some threshold ramps work to compensate for very small steps. An example here might be a short step leading out into the deck of your home. Without a ramp of some type here, an individual in a wheelchair may be unable to easily access that portion of the home.

Buying Threshold Ramps

When purchasing a threshold ramp, it is important to keep in mind a few particular aspects.

  • Select easy to install ramps. Those ramps that simply sit in place are fine, assuming they will actually stay in place when the wheelchair rolls over them. In most cases, the installation should be simple.
  • Look for a ramp offering a slip free surface. Some offer nonskid treads. For outdoor ramps, do look for something that will allow water to penetrate it, rather than sit on the surface.
  • Durability is key. The best quality threshold ramps are made from a heavy-duty aluminum construction. This makes them strong enough to withstand a large amount of weight and regular use. Do check the weight limitations on these ramps in advance of purchasing them.
  • Select either a permanent or a temporary option, as it fits your needs. While some are interchangeable, others are not strong enough for permanent use.

Keep in mind that there are several types of threshold ramps on the market, including rubber ramps, freestanding ramps, raised button ramps, bariatric ramps and aluminum ramps.

Any of these can be a good option if they fit your particular needs. Pricing should be a secondary consideration, with durability and function taking precedence. When used properly, these ramps create a seamless transition from one room to the other for anyone who needs it.