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Vertical Platform Lift or Mobility Ramp: How to Choose

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At EZ-ACCESS, mobility users or caregivers often ask us which home accessible solution is best: a vertical platform lift such as the Passport Vertical Platform Lift or a modular ramp such as the PATHWAY Modular Access System.  The answer depends on many factors like space, upkeep and budget.  Before you make any quick decisions, go through these questions:

  1. How high up is your porch, deck or front entry?

What is the distance between the upper landing of your entry and the ground?  The rise will affect how high the vertical platform lift will need to go or how long your modular ramp will need to be to stay within the ADA Standard Ratio of 1:12.  Once you determine how high your rise is, you’ll have a better idea of the space needed for a modular ramp.

  1. Where would your modular ramp or vertical platform lift lead out to?

You’ll need to consider the terrain and make sure you have enough room to park a car and safely navigate to the ramp or lift entry.  You will also need your ramp or lift to entry to be on level, sturdy ground, preferably not in the middle of your lawn.

  1. Who would keep the ramp or lift clear from the elements?

In certain parts of the country, you may need someone to come clear your modular ramp of snow, ice or leaves.  If you choose a vertical platform lift, will it be in an area that snow, ice or rain will not cause a problem?

  1. What is your budget?

How much will budget affect your decision?  Typically, a modular ramp system costs less than a vertical platform lift, but a modular ramp may not be the best solution for your home.  If funding is a concern of yours, visit our Funding Sources page to learn about financing available by state or category.

Deciding on the best home accessible solution can be complicated.  This is why EZ-ACCESS has a customer service team available at 800-451-1903.  You can also use our Dealer Locator tool to find an expert in your area that can evaluate your home accessible needs.

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.