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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.