Monthly Archives: November 2013

Installing a Pathway® Modular Ramp System is a Breeze

If you’re considering becoming an EZ-ACCESS® Authorized Dealer and/or installer, get ready to be amazed on how quick, easy and stress free it is to install a Pathway® Modular Ramp System.  Aluminum ramps compared to wooden ramps are much easier to install, take less time and can be used within a day.  Today, EZ-ACCESS® would like to educate you how simple it is to install a Pathway® Modular Ramp System compared to a wooden ramp. installing-pathway-graphic
The EZ-ACCESS Pathway® Modular Ramp System is designed to meet all ADA requirements and can be installed at the client’s home.  All Pathway® Modular Ramp Systems provide levels of convenience, comfort and safety with every ramp that is installed.  General things to consider while installing a modular ramp would be to consider the slope and rise, clear width, landings, handrails, cross slope and surfaces, edge protection and outdoor conditions. The evaluation form you get with your job will have all the details laid out so you know how to assemble the ramp and what to look for while performing your quality check.
Depending on how large of a wooden ramp you build, it may need a trailer full of lumber to end up with a truck load of scrap wood after all the cuts, measurements and misjudgments.  Not to worry with aluminum ramps! Like wooden ramps, depending on what design you choose, the entire ramp and parts fits into the back most pickup trucks or cargo vans.  From our assembly line at EZ-ACCESS®, we try to make all sections of the ramps ready to go with no further installation needed other than applying the necessary brackets, nuts and bolts and other miscellaneous additions.
No saws, screws, nails or hammers needed. Why? With a Pathway® Modular Ramp System, just have a few different sockets ready along with your power screwdriver and charged batteries.  It’s always nice to have a second pair of hands holding and carrying pieces of the ramp to specific locations of the design.
If you’d like to see how a Pathway® Modular Ramp System is installed, visit our Youtube Page to see videos of EZ-ACCESS® and other products we offer. Please visit EZ-ACCESS® for more information if you and your business would like to be an Authorized Dealer.

Make your Business more Accessible with a Modular Access System

At E-Z ACCESS®, we care about people getting where they need to go by using a portable ramp, Pathway® Modular System or Passport™ Vertical Platform Lift.  We also care about you, a business owner, having mobility options for your business.  Today, E-Z ACCESS® will go over some elements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and a commercial Titan Modular Access System that may make all the difference with your storefront.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits the exclusion of people with disabilities from everyday activities.  Businesses now have requirements they have to meet with the ADA and compliance for new businesses isn’t difficult.  The ADA understands that many small businesses cannot afford to make major changes to their businesses. The ADA has come up with requirements for existing facilities and new buildings.
Having multiple accessible entrances to your storefront is very important to invite people with or without disabilities to your store.  Having only one option to get to your business can limit people
who use wheelchairs, walkers or canes.
Your business can achieve multiple entrances by using a Titan Modular Access System. Our Titan Modular Access System is an all-aluminum, universal product that is easy to install, reconfigure and relocate to accommodate virtually any layout or lot configuration.  Handrails are integrated with every ramp and non-skid surfaces are also included. Titan Modular Access Systems can be very simple to very detailed and you can keep adding to them as needed with a custom design.  No two storefronts are the same and that’s where E-Z ACCESS® comes in to help.
Titan Modular Access Systems meet all requirements with the ADA, IBC, OSHA and local build code guidelines. The Titan Modular Access System has little maintenance for upkeep, individual serial numbers for easy tracking and inventory and an industry leading three year warranty for wear and durability.
EZ-ACCESS® would love to hear from you to get your business mobility ready. Learn about our other products like EZ-ACCESS® Portable Ramps or Passport™ Vertical Platform Lifts to make your business more accessible.

Preparing for a Site Evaluation to Install a Modular Ramp System

Contractors all have different levels of knowledge and talk in varied ways of vocabulary.  It is easy to get confused or not understand what they’re talking about.  EZ-ACCESS® would like to help you understand what a contractor is talking about and looking for when they come to assess your home to measure for an EZ-ACCESS® Portable Ramp or Pathway® Modular Ramp System.site-evaluation-graphic
The most important thing that your EZ-ACCESS® Ramp contractor will discuss with you is your needs and wants to the ramp.  If you need a simple portable ramp to get over a couple of steps, threshold ramps to get over high doorways like a sliding door frame or a modular ramp system to get your wheelchair to a whole different level, the evaluator and contractor will go over the available ramp options for you and your home.
If you’re looking to install a Pathway® Modular Ramp System, pick a start and end point for the ramp.  The contractor will suggest smooth wheelchair transitions.  Also, decide if you want the ramp to connect to an existing porch or steps.  It isn’t wise to connect the ramp directly to a doorway threshold, as it doesn’t allow safe maneuvering entering or exiting the door. Also, it doesn’t allow any guests to your home to get in or out. The ramp will need to be connected to the wood or concrete porch.
The total rise will be measured next to determine the easiest transition and how much material will be needed to make your custom Pathway® Modular Ramp System.  Consider adding handrails to your Pathway® Modular Ramp System for added support and something to hold on to while traveling down the ramp, also so you don’t roll off the ramp.
Look for obstacles around your home that may disrupt adding a ramp in a certain spot or things that could land on the ramp which will need to be removed later like a tree branch or leaves.
Lastly, your contractor will discuss with you the next steps of getting your EZ-ACCESS® Portable Ramp or Pathway® Modular Ramp System installed. Please feel free to contact us with any questions as well!

Comparing Wooden Mobility Ramps to Aluminum Mobility Ramps

Years ago, the industry standard to install a home modular ramp was to use wood.  Wooden ramps, at the time, could be designed to the user’s exact specifications and you could choose what type of wood would be used to match the landscape of your home.  Today, EZ-ACCESS® has a simpler solution, which is the Pathway® Modular Ramp System that can be easily customizable for your mobility needs.  Today, we’ll explain why an aluminum ramp might be a better solution for your home when compared to a wooden ramp.
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 There are many downsides to building a wooden ramp on the exterior of your home. Downsides to installing a wooden ramp are:

  • You have to be or hire a contractor; along with getting a building permit and getting utilities marked off
  • Purchase quality lumber that doesn’t warp over time or deteriorate after continued use
  • Use tools such as saws, hammers, screwdrivers and hardware such as nails, screws and bolts
  • Usually takes two to three days to build, based on how large of a ramp system you get
  • Regardless if you use treated lumber, regular maintenance is still required
  • The wooden ramp may have to be replaced every three to five years due to deterioration or poor maintenance
  • Wooden ramps cannot be easily reconfigured, removed or expanded

Wooden ramps are a thing of the past and that’s where EZ-ACCESS® comes in to help with installing a Pathway® Modular Ramp System made from lightweight, but durable aluminum which is easy to maintain.
Aluminum ramps, like the Pathway® Modular Ramp System has many benefits, such as:

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to maneuver
  • No bumps, smooth transition in between different ramp additions
  • Low maintenance
  • Can easily reconfigure, remove or relocate
  • No permits required
  • Reduces your carbon footprint
  • Easy to install

Compare the two lists above, which do you feel is a better solution for your home, and most of all, your needs?  EZ-ACCESS® manufactures mobility ramps for residential use and the Pathway® Modular Ramp System was designed to meet all ADA specifications. Please contact us if you have any questions about the Pathway® Modular Ramp System.