For homeowners with limited mobility, accessing their homes, garages and porch decks can be a challenge. Installing a porch lift or ramp provides a solution for those looking to make their homes more accessible. In this blog, we will explore the factors to consider when deciding between a porch lift and a porch ramp.
Accessibility is the first factor to consider when choosing between porch lifts or porch ramps. At first thought, porch ramps may seem more affordable; however, they can pose physical challenges for those with limited mobility. Those using manual wheelchairs, walking canes or other forms of accessibility aid that require manual movement can feel additional strain when using porch ramps, especially in extreme weather conditions.
Porch lifts, on the other hand, are more accessible and provide safe and comfortable access for all users, regardless of their mobility needs. Unlike porch ramps, people with limited dexterity won’t feel tired or strained when using a porch lift. Even in the most extreme conditions, RAM’s porch lift features a non-slip metal platform and a high-sided safety enclosure that makes the porch lift safe to use all year round.
Space is another crucial factor, as homeowners often mistakenly believe that porch ramps require minimal space. In reality, not all homes have enough room to build a code-compliant porch ramp. Building codes in North America have specific requirements for building ramps, which vary across different jurisdictions. Generally, every inch of vertical rise requires 1 foot of the ramp to maintain a safe ramp slope. Depending on how high the porch deck or home entrance is, you might need a ramp approximately 35 feet long! As a result, homeowners quickly realize they don’t have enough space on their property to install a code-compliant porch ramp.
While porch lifts also have to abide by specific building codes, they don’t take up as much space as porch ramps do! For instance, RAM’s porch lift only requires a 5′ X 5′ area for installation and use! Our Vertical Platform Lifts (VPLs) are the ideal mobility solutions for homeowners with limited space in their front or backyard, as they have a low footprint and require minimal site preparation! RAM’s VPL can be up and running in only a few days.
Find The Perfect Porch Lift at RAM
When it comes to indoor and outdoor mobility solutions, RAM’s VPL products are the perfect choice. Our Soft Touch Paddle controls are highly responsive and easy to operate, even with limited dexterity. Additionally, our All-Electric Drive System is field-proven to offer reliable performance with minimal upkeep and no harsh smells from hydraulic fluids. Our patented Zero-Load Start design also ensures that RAM’s VPL motor is protected from extreme weather conditions, ensuring reliable use for as long as you’re in your home. We offer a range of options to accommodate your needs, from our Short Rise 28″ VPL to larger lifts that can lift up to 750 LBS capacity and travel distances up to 14 FT.