With so many ramps available to meet a variety of needs, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. Whether you’re new to needing a ramp for house entry or you're replacing an existing ramp, we’ll help explain the options and differences.

Types of Ramps

  • Threshold Versus Stairway: A threshold ramp helps bridge short changes in surface height, like a doorway or a sunken room. These are typically no more than a couple of feet long and are often adjustable to match the height change of the doorway or threshold. Threshold ramps are perfect for transitions between rooms where there is just a small difference in floor level. For more drastic changes in level, like at the entryway of a home where there are steps, a longer ramp is the more commonly recognized solution. These have to be much longer than a threshold ramp to keep the incline from being overly steep as you go from the ground to the porch or doorway. 
  • Portable Versus Stationary: A portable ramp is built to be transportable so that you can easily get in or out of your home as well as places you visit. Foldable models are best suited for travel, but there are portable versions that don’t fold, such as the GATEWAY® 3G Solid Surface Portable Ramp. This works great as a short-term or long-term solution that provides flexibility in use. Stationary ramps, on the other hand, are fixtures not meant to be moved. These are your heavier-duty residential ramps that are longer, sturdier, and meant to stay in place.

How Do I Know What Size Ramp I Need?

The length of a ramp has to factor in the height change from the ground to the highest point, like a porch or stoop. The bigger the change in height, the longer the ramp will have to be. This allows the incline of the ramp to be shallow enough that it’s easy to propel a wheelchair or push a walker as the person ascends. If it’s too short, the ramp has a sharper incline that can be tough to get up and down. 

Don’t worry, though—we’ve made calculating your entry ramp length easy! The EZ-ACCESS Incline Calculator helps you figure out how long the ramp will need to be. Simply plug in the rise (height from lowest to highest point), select the ratio you want the slope to be (including pre-set ratios for ADA requirements), and the calculator will tell you how long the ramp should be (this is known as the Run Length). The calculator will guide you toward the products that meet your needs!

Once you’ve found the right ramp for your home, we’ll help you find a local dealer so you can access your home safely and easily in no time. 

We have more than residential ramps, too. If you’re looking for commercial ramps for your business, attraction, school, or other facility, we carry several options to customize your space.

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