Ramp Installation Guide

A leading accessibility solutions provider, Living Free Home (LFH) offers state-of-the-art DIY modular ramps to address your mobility needs. Designed to address the accessibility needs of the residential market, these ramps can be installed easily. Modular ramps offer quick and convenient installation and removal. Our ramp installation guide offers you installation directions and planning tips for your modular ramp project.

Choose from downloads and videos that show you step by step how to configure and plan your modular ramp project. There are even sample layouts for you to use and send to us for review. If you are building it yourself do your homework and download the helpful guides in this section.

Step by Step Installation Process

1. Measure total rise

Total rise is the difference in elevation from where the ramp starts and ends. Measuring from the landing straight down to the ground will help you know your rise. The diagram given below will show how to measure rise.

2. Assess the Degree of Incline
To determine what degree of incline you need, you should know the type of equipment the end user will be using. Some typical guidelines are

  • For walking and for walkers – 4.8 degrees
  • For manual wheelchairs – if they are being assisted you can usually do 7.2 degrees as a guide depending on the person’s ability
  • If you have a heavy person in the wheelchair and an elderly aid, common sense would dictate that you keep the slope to a minimum for safety
  • If the end user is not being assisted, then 4.8 degrees is recommended

For power equipment you should ALWAYS check the owner’s manual for the occupied degree of incline, typically it is 8 degrees, but always double check the manual.

Click here to take a look at the sample configurations and based on your total footage required and the layout of your property, choose a configuration that makes sense.

3. Select the Ramp Length & Configuration

Using the incline chart and knowing your rise, you will learn how many feet of ramp you require to meet the incline degrees that you have chosen. To visualize just exactly how this ramp is going to look and fit on your property, send us the photo.

4. Order Your Ramp

Once you know the total footage and the configuration, you are ready to figure out your price and order your ramp. After placing your order, you will be required to send us your site evaluation via email or fax to ensure that you get the proper materials. We will also perform a review and double check that everything will work, so you get total satisfaction when the order arrives.

Download a Brochure – PDF

For more details about ramp installation guidelines, contact us at 888-545-4846. Our representative will be happy to assist you.

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