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Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Carolina’s Home Medical Equipment stocks a wide variety of wheelchair ramps serving the Charlotte NC area. We carry rubber threshold wheelchair ramps that cover anywhere from a 1″ to 3″ threshold in half inch increments. We also carry solid aluminum wheelchair ramps available with or without grip tape (no additional charge) in 2′, 3′, 4′ or 5′ ramp lengths.

We can easily order singe fold aluminum wheelchair ramps in lengths up to 6′ and multi-fold wheelchair ramps in lengths up to 10′. Carolina’s HME regularly stocks the 6′ multi-fold ramp which we use to transport our power wheelchairs in and out of our delivery vans. The recommended rise for someone to safely propel themselves up a wheelchair ramp is 1 foot of ramp for every 1 to 2 inches of rise. We can deliver you a wheelchair ramp in the Charlotte area.

Determining the Proper Length of Ramp for Wheelchair Access:

  • Determine how much of an incline your power wheelchair or scooter can go up (should be listed in your owners manual).
  • If it is a straight shot into or up the stairs/step measure the amount of space or distance that you have going straight out from the highest point.
  • Take a measurement of the total useable width of the area you plan to have the ramp rest as the ramp width will obviously need to be smaller than this in order to fit.
  • Take a measurement of the total vertical(up and down) rise that you are trying to overcome.
  • Use the measurements in accordance with the ADA requirements below to find the length of ramp needed for your situation.
  • ADA Wheelchair Ramp Requirements:

    Residential Use: For loading unoccupied wheelchairs/scooters (unoccupied means nobody is sitting in the wheelchair/scooter while it navigates up the ramp): ADA recommends a 3:12 slope which means for every 3″ of vertical rise you are required to have at least one foot of ramp (14.5 degrees incline)

    To determine the length of ramp needed: Measure the vertical rise from the ground to where the ramp will sit on the vehicle, stairs or threshold. Take that measurement (inches) and divide it by 3. This will determine the length of ramp needed for an unoccupied power chair. Example: 24 inches of rise requires an 8 foot ramp minimum (24 divided by 3).

    Residential Use: For loading occupied power chairs/scooters (someone is riding on the power wheelchair/scooter): ADA recommends a 2:12 slope which means every 2″ of vertical rise requires one foot of ramp (9.5 degrees of incline)

    To determine the length of ramp needed for residential usage (Note: Business use requires a 1:12 slope): Measure the rise from the ground to where the ramp will sit on the vehicle, stairs or threshold. Take that measurement (inches) and divide it by 2. This will determine the length of ramp needed for an unoccupied power chair. Example: 24 inches of rise requires a 12 foot ramp minimum (24 divided by 2).

    Commercial Use: For loading occupied power chairs/scooters (someone is riding on the power wheelchair/scooter): ADA recommends a 1:12 slope which means every 1″ of vertical rise requires one foot of ramp (5 degrees of incline).

    To determine the length of ramp needed for business usage: Measure the rise from the ground to where the ramp will sit on the vehicle, stairs or threshold. This measurement equals the length of ramp needed in feet. Example: 24 inches of rise requires a 24 foot ramp minimum (24 divided by 1).