Wheelchair Ramp FAQs
What type of wheelchair ramp material is best?
There is not one type of material that is the "best" for ramps, but we often suggest aluminum because of the benefits that it has over wood and concrete. Aluminum ramps are least expensive, can be installed within days, and require little-no maintenance. There are also a variety of surface materials to choose from.
Will health insurance policies or medicare pay for a wheelchair ramp?
Unfortunately, most health insurance policies and medicare plans will not pay for a wheelchair ramp. A ramp can be considered as a medically necessary piece of equipment, but unfortunately, Medicare does not mark it as an item that would directly treat a medical condition.
Can I rent a wheelchair ramp?
Yes, Lifeway does offer rental wheelchair ramp options. A rental is also a great choice when it is unknown how long the lift is going to be needed. For example, if you or your loved one had surgery and need to use a wheelchair or knee walker temporarily, a rental ramp would be perfect. If it is decided that the rental ramp is needed long-term, there is a rent-to-own purchase option.
Can I sell a ramp back to you when I no longer need it? How much will I get for it?
Yes! The amount we pay varies based on use, condition and age.
Is the ramp slippery?
The surface of our aluminum ramps has a tread that helps prevent slips and falls. In fact, our aluminum surface is arguably the safest product on the market for those with limited mobility. Come into one of our showroom and try it for yourself.
How much does a ramp cost?
There is not a simple answer to this question because the price of a ramp depends on the length, material, and upgrade options. The prices listed below are estimated ranges, but our suggestion is to schedule a free in-home evaluation to get a better idea of how much the ramp you would need would cost.
- Threshold ramps: $35-$140 range for aluminum, $94 - $150 range for rubber
- Portable folding ramps: $99 - $520 range for aluminum, $460 - $1,000 range for lightweight graphite fiber
- Residential modular ramps: Prices depend on the length of the ramp and the angle of slope. See our Residential Modular Aluminum Ramps page for more information and sample ramp pricing.
- Commercial modular ramps: Please see our Commercial Aluminum Ramps page for more information, and fill out the form on that page for a free site evaluation and pricing.
- Rental options are also available.
How do I know if I should have a wheelchair ramp or lift installed to overcome the stairs outside of my home?
The number one factor that helps determine whether you'll need a wheelchair ramp or lift is the amount of space that's available for an installation. For a wheelchair ramp, you'll need one foot of ramp per inch of rise, which can turn into a very long and winding ramp if the entryway is high off the ground. The other thing to consider is the mobility of the individual in need of the accessible solutions. If you or your loved one cannot safely maneuver up the ramp alone, then a lift is going to be the better solution.