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Winter Maintenance Tips for Wheelchair Ramps

Posted on by John Burfield

If you’re in need of wheelchair ramp, there’s no need to wait for spring to have one installed. In fact, modular aluminum ramps can be installed all year round.

Unlike wooden ramps, aluminum ramps do not require concrete footers to be poured. Their adjustable legs sit securely on large foot plates that provide a substantial base and sit on top of the surface. This means that they can be installed even when the ground is frozen.

Aluminum Ramps Installed in Winter Weather

Ramp in snow installed by Lifeway Mobility during holiday seasonDuring the winter season, a semi-permanent aluminum ramp may be the best option to provide safe access to the entrance of your home.  Aluminum ramps are typically maintenance-free and do not rust when exposed to the elements. Like any ramp surface, aluminum can become slippery when covered with snow or ice. However, since the surface is extruded, aluminum ramps have superior traction to wooden ramps when wet. Should an aluminum ramp settle between winter and spring, all it takes to level the ramp is a socket wrench.

Winter Maintenance Tips

  • Keep your ramp clear of snow by using a thick bristled push broom or plastic snow shovel. It is best to avoid metal shovels as this can scratch your aluminum ramp.
  • Use non-corrosive ice melt. If you are unsure if an ice melt is corrosive, select a formula that is safe for pets. The only ingredient that can be in the ice melt for it to be safe to use is magnesium chloride
  • Consider powder coating as it will provide an extra layer of protection from corrosive materials. It also allows you to choose from a variety of colors including black, bronze, or tan. It may add to the price of the ramp, but the benefits of it are worth the cost!

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Final Thoughts

If you’re in need, don’t put off having a wheelchair ramp installed until spring or summer. Lifeway Mobility offers aluminum modular ramps for purchase and rental that can be installed year-round. It is made of a durable aluminum that won't break down in the winter, which also makes it easy to maintain.

An experienced home access provider can help find the right solution for you. If a provider tells you that you need to wait for spring, look for a different firm that is capable of installing your ramp now.

Contact Lifeway Mobility for more information about wheelchair ramps or to set up a free remote or no-contact consultation.

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