Wood vs. Aluminum: Why Aluminum Ramps Rock in 2016

wooden vs aluminum

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.