Category: Metal vs. Wood

Comparing Aluminum and Wooden Wheelchair Ramps

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For years, home modular ramps were constructed of wood. They helped people access their homes and allowed for custom carpentry to match the surrounding landscape. However, when aluminum ramps came on the market, the cracks in wooden ramps were exposed! Today, the team at EZ-ACCESS will walk you through a fair comparison of aluminum ramps and wooden ramps:

  • Contractors—Wooden ramps require that you hire a contractor, contact your utility provider and get permits.
  • Upkeep—Wooden ramps are a lot like wooden decks—they need regular maintenance and upkeep in order to maintain their appearance and not deteriorate. If you’re not in the position to do this sort of maintenance on your home anymore, you will need to hire someone to take care of it.
  • Time—Wooden ramps take longer to install. The construction process typically lasts two to three days, depending on the size and layout.
  • Cost—You’ll need to purchase quality lumber in order to prevent the wood from warping, in addition to any staining or waterproofing materials.
  • Maneuverability—Once built, a wooden ramp is not easy to remove, expand or reconfigure.

Aluminum ramps can address many of the issues you may experience with wooden ramps. For example:

  • Aluminum ramps are easy to install and don’t require permits.
  • They’re low maintenance, simply needing the occasional spray washing for cleanliness.
  • They can be installed in less than a day.
  • They are traditionally a more affordable option and are better for the environment.
  • They can be quickly and easily reconfigured.

Now that you know the facts, check out the best and most versatile aluminum wheelchair ramp on the market – the Pathway Modular Access System!

Why Choose an Aluminum Wheelchair Ramp

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If you’re in need of adding a wheelchair ramp to your home or business, there are a lot things that you’ll need to consider. If you need one for your home, you’re looking for a ramp that will meet the needs of your specific mobility device. However, if you need one for your business, it needs to cater to multiple devices. Regardless of where the ramp is being used, you want to make sure it’ll last, won’t require a lot of upkeep and won’t keep you busy with constant maintenance.

The good news? EZ-ACCESS has ramp solutions for you: aluminum ramps. When you first think about it, you may think that aluminum ramps aren’t all that different from ones made of plastic or wood. But, what happens when you think about it a little bit more? Aluminum ramps offer advantages that other ramps can’t match.

Durability and Dependability

Making a purchase for an item like a wheelchair ramp isn’t something you want to do repeatedly. Simply put, you want a ramp that’s going to serve your needs every day for a long time. EZ-ACCESS’ aluminum ramps offered unrivaled durability and a surface that is easy to maintain and allows your mobility device to retain traction as you go up and down the ramp. Wood ramps, on the other hand, require continuous maintenance to make sure the wood isn’t rotted, and will need to be replaced more often.

Adjustability

One of the great things about EZ-ACCESS’ aluminum ramps is that they can conform to fit virtually any doorway or entrance. That’s not the case with wood ramps. Once they’re installed, they are difficult to take apart and reconfigure, which often means you’d be better off purchasing a new ramp than trying to make adjustments to the old one.

Aluminum ramps are a great option for your home or business, and EZ-ACCESS has modular aluminum ramps that can be configured to any entrance. Contact us to learn more about the solutions we provide, or use our ramp selector tool to see which ramp will work best for you.

 

Wood vs. Aluminum: Why Aluminum Ramps Rock in 2016

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For years, businesses and homes alike depended on wooden ramps to provide equal access for all. Subtly meshing with their environment and even adding warmth to the landscape, these ramps allowed mobility devices to tackle porches, stairs, and uneven thresholds with ease. However, as innovations in ramp technology have ushered in new materials and systems, wooden ramps are becoming a thing of the past. Their benefits pale in comparison to their detriments, a list that seems to grow over time. Some key points to consider before investing in this older option:

  • Built for a very specific fit; not conducive to moving around the property or to another house
  • Requires tools like saws and screwdrivers to imbed hardware like screws, nails, and bolts
  • Require routine maintenance to prevent and treat rot
  • Must apply grip tape to weatherproof surface and prevent slips
  • Susceptible to warping due to moisture from humidity, rain, and snow, as well as cracking from overexposure to sun and heat
  • Combined costs of contractor, building permit, manual labor, and supplies add up
  • Expected life span of three to five years
  • Reduces property value

It’s a lot to juggle.

Consider, however, a more manageable option that provides the same – if not enhanced – accessibility. Made of durable aluminum, the Pathway Modular Access System provides complete home accessibility to fit your needs. Compare a life with aluminum to one with wood and decide for yourself:

  • Less expensive
  • Speedy set-up
  • Customizable; can add and subtract ramps, stairs, platforms, and railings as needed
  • Easily transportable in the event of a house relocation
  • No building permits required
  • Low maintenance
  • Special metallic blend protects material from the elements
  • Durable, long-lasting solution

EZ-ACCESS is committed to providing access to life beyond barriers, and we’re dedicated to helping connect you with the easiest, most durable solution to fit your home and your needs. If you have questions after consulting our online catalog, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-451-1903 for expert assistance.

Metal over Wood: Mold Awareness and Removal Tips

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We often think of mold as the minor nuisance that causes us to throw out a loaf of bread before we’ve eaten it all. However, mold is more than a minor nuisance. In fact, mold can cause a lot of serious health problems if it’s present in your home. Because September is Mold Awareness Month, EZ-ACCESS wants you to know about the dangers of mold, and what you can do to protect your home.

Where Mold Lives

Mold can live pretty much anywhere in your home, but is most common in places where there is plenty of moisture. That means mold can be found in places that leak, be it windows, roofs or pipes. Mold can also form on cardboard, tiles and on wood products, like wood ramps, for example. If you live with limited mobility and use an outdoor wood ramp, the ramp is at the mercy of the elements, and could be tracking mold into your home each time you use your wooden ramp.

Dealing with Mold

Inside your home, the first step in treating mold involves finding the source of the moisture and fixing it so the problem won’t return. After that, remove the affected area. Make sure to wear a facemask and goggles to prevent the mold from getting in your eyes. If the mold case isn’t severe, or can be scrubbed away, create a solution using half a cup of bleach, a quart of water and a little laundry detergent.

For individuals with limited mobility using wood ramps, the weather will continue to deteriorate the condition of your ramp, leading to a potentially dangerous situation. The simplest, and safest, solution is to get a new ramp. EZ-ACCESS offers a variety of metal ramps, many made with lightweight aluminum to allow for easy transport. Our ramps are designed to be used in all weather conditions, rain or shine, hot or cold.  Contact us to learn more about our ramp technology.