How to choose a ramp
The most important things to consider are: whether the ramp is to be permanent or needs to be mobile, the length of ramp you require, the material of its composition and whether placement is inside or outside. Length is particularly important, as an improper ramp size may prove dangerous; a steep incline using a short ramp will create an angle that may be difficult or even perilous to attempt. There are legal restrictions on the gradient allowed for permanent ramps, so before you install a permanent fixture be sure to research these guidelines.
The load a ramp can safely take may be limited, so read product descriptions carefully to ascertain whether a ramp will be safe for you to use. If you use a scooter or wheelchair, then ensure that the ramp you would like to purchase is at least as wide, if not a few inches wider, as your mobility device. At the same time, you need to make sure it will not be too wide for the opening of your door or car.
There are different features you can consider when purchasing a ramp, for example some ramps have anti-slip surfaces, making them suitable for outdoor use as they can withstand, and be used safely in, wet weather conditions. Other ramps have hand rails to offer greater support to the less mobile as well as wheelchair users.
The material of the ramp you choose is very much dependent on your home. If you plan on moving your ramp, a rollup ramp would most likely be optimal. If you intend to place a ramp outside, in your garden for example, you might opt for a weatherproof, fiberglass ramp. Consider what you will be using your ramp for and purchase the correct material accordingly.