Finding the Right Wheelchair Ramp

If you, a loved one, a family member or friend have mobility challenges and are curious about the cost, time and materials for a ramp, look no further.

Here are a few pointers you should know before purchasing or building a wheelchair access ramp for safety and independence at home.

There are several types of ramps that fit within these three categories: portable, semi-permanent, and permanent.


This type of ramp is extremely portable and can be transported easily. Suitcase ramps can support up to about 800 pounds and are on average two tosix feet long. Typically, this particular type of ramp can be placed over small steps for ease of access. Suitcase ramps are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Folding ramps are either bi-fold or trifold.The folding ramp does not use handrails and should only be used for wheelchair-accessible vans or placed over small stairs. It is for portable use only and is not ADA compliant.


Lightweight in nature and made from rubber or metal, the threshold ramp is typically a style of ramp which butts up against the lip of a door threshold or a curb. Most threshold ramps are ½ to six inches in height and extremely helpful in a pinch. Threshold ramps are cost-effective solutions for wheelchair, walker or scooter users.


This ramp offers a more permanent fixture without a building permit. The Modular ramp can be built, taken down and reassembled in a different location as many times as needed. The material for these ramps is typically aluminum or other materials that are rust or warp proof especially made for outdoor use. Modular ramps are a very cost-effective ramp option.


Typically, a telescoping ramp consists of two separate panels, less than 12 inches in width. The panels can quickly be extended, retracted, adjusted, and realigned to fit any accessibility need, whether getting up small steps or into an accessible van. This ramp is perfect for mobility scooters.


Permanent ramps are made from concrete or wood. One important item to know is this type of ramp will require a building permit, unlike most of the modular ramps mentioned above. A permanent ramp is typically considered over modular ramps for aesthetics and longevity.

Check with your Medicare policy to see if your wheelchair ramp falls under their policy for durable medical equipment. Most policies require a wheelchair ramp to be medically necessary and prescribed by a licensed physician.

Published by Pride Mobility

Welcome to Pride Mobility! We are a leading manufacturer of mobility products, including power chairs, scooters, lift chairs, and more. Our goal is to help people with mobility challenges live their best lives by providing innovative, high-quality, and reliable products that enhance their independence and comfort. Our company was founded in 1986 with a mission to improve the quality of life for people with mobility limitations. Since then, we have grown to become a global leader in the industry, with a wide range of products designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with varying levels of mobility. At Pride Mobility, we are committed to delivering exceptional customer service and support. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals is dedicated to helping our customers find the right products to meet their specific needs, and we are always here to answer any questions or concerns. We take pride in our products and stand behind them with a comprehensive warranty and service program. Whether you are looking for a power chair to help you navigate your home or a scooter to explore the outdoors, you can trust Pride Mobility to provide the quality, comfort, and reliability you deserve. Thank you for choosing Pride Mobility as your partner in mobility. We look forward to helping you live your best life!

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  1. I didn’t realize that the modular ramp can be built, taken down and reassembled in a different location as many times as needed. Every summer my grandmother comes and spends a few weeks with us at our home and our front porch steps are hard for her to maneuver through. I wonder if it would be a good option to get a modular wheelchair ramp to put over the stairs every time she comes to stay with us.

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