Tradesman’s Essential To Wheelchair Ramps

These links will take you to publications that have great wooden ramp preparation and construction guidance:

Wood Ramp Design and Construction Manual

Wood Ramp Design – NC State University

This isn’t a beginner-level construction job. Everyone who uses the ramp’s security is at position, so the ramp must be made of the finest materials and built according to all local building codes.

Here are some ramp construction hints:

  • If you begin with treated lumber the ramp you assemble will continue much longer and need less care.
  • Use fasteners that are treated for outside use. The fasteners defined to be used in decks and fences will work good.
  • Nonskid paints and adhesive grip tape are popular for slide-proofing wood ramps. Sadly, they just work for a brief period of time before they should be reapplied and fail.

An alternative that is much better are the new aluminum nonskid tread strips. They’re not difficult to install and last a very long time.