Vertical Platform Lift or Mobility Ramp: How to Choose

modular ramp or vertical platform lift

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.