At Irish Stairlifts we also provide and build ramps for all your requirements. All of our ramps are built with health and safety in mind and conform to industry standards.
A ramp would usually be compiled of a brush finished concrete mix. The surface finish would be anti-slip and the fall would be wheelchair compatible. The recommended fall would be 1:20 where space is available, but this can be as little as 1:12 where space is limited.
How the Ramp is Measured
The fall is measured by multiplying the vertical height that needs to be overcome by the total length of the Ramp.
For example: if the step height is 100mm and the gradient is 1:20, then you multiply 100mm by 20. Which is an incline length of 2000mm
It is important that all ramps have a level turning platform at the top and that the fall is not too steep. Remember people have to safely negotiate and wheel up them, so the less steep the incline the better. A level platform would be required at every point that the ramp turns a corner. They may also be more platforms required for resting if the ramp exceeds a certain length.
Rails and Edgings
Ramps usually require hand rails to run at the open sides for safety and practicality. These are made bespoke of steel and painted in an anti-rust paint, colour of your choice.
Edgings are to prevent wheelchairs/scooters etc. from running over the side. These can be made of block edgings or incorporated within the handrail. The edging would be 100mm from the ramp level.