Access Ramps

Types of access ramps

It is unlikely to come as a surprise to you to find out that there are different types of access ramps. We now see these ramps everywhere from buses to offices.


What might surprise you though is just how many different types of access ramps there actually are available. There are now many businesses that create this type of product and the technology is always improving. The fact that there are so many different requirements from ramps also ensures that the number of different types available grows every year. The good news is that this means that we are almost certain to find something suitable for our ramp needs; the bad news is that so much choice can make it hard to decide on what is most appropriate for our needs.

What Are the Different Types of Access Ramps? 

Here is just a selection of some of the different types of access ramps you are likely to come across.

  • Permanent access ramps are a common sight outside commercial properties and businesses. These were only made a legal requirement in the last few decades but they have made a huge difference to people’ lives. It is hard to imagine how people in wheelchairs managed before these ramps were commonplace.
  • Semi-permanent access ramps are usually put in place long-term but they can be moved elsewhere if required. They are not quite as portable as some other ramps, but they are a great choice if you need a ramp in a hurry. For example those people who organise events may find that these semi-permanent ramps are ideal for their requirements.
  • Portable access ramps are most often used for transportation because they do away with the need to have many ramps in different locations. These ramps are usually folded up in a small space when they are not in use and this makes them very convenient for small busses, minivans, and other forms of transport. As well as ramps there are also track like devices that involve producing two tracks that wheelchairs can manoeuvre.

Some Final Thoughts on the Different Types of Access Ramps

Here are just a few things that you should be considering in regards to the different types of access ramps.

  • In order to ensure which of the types of access ramps is right for you it is important that you have a good idea of your exact requirements. You will have requirements related to the location you will be using the ramp and requirements in regards to the people using it.
  • It is important that any of the types of access ramps you are considering meet DDA guidelines. If you don’t buy something that meets these guidelines you may find that you are on the wrong side of the law and not meeting your obligations.
  • There are many options when it comes to the different types of access ramps so make sure you look around to make sure you are getting the best possible deal.
Types of access ramps