Things to consider
Where is the ramp be used?
• Entrance way to overcome a step
• Mounting a kerb
• Loading a wheelchair or a scooter into a vehicle
If the ramp is to be used in a public entrance or access point, it must be able to accomodate other users aswell. This may exclude the use of portable ramps unless you are prepared to pack them away after each use. A permanent ramping solution maybe more appropriate in these circumstances.
Where the ramp is for use when you are out and about, it needs to be compact and lightweight so it can be easily carried. Loading or unloading a wheelchair or scooter from a vehicle can be done with a variety of ramps.
What are you putting on the ramp?
This has an enourmous impact on the maximum gradient the ramp can be. If the ramp is intended to be used by a self-propelling wheelchair user, the gradient must be shallow to enable them to propell up the ramp. Where you are loading a mobility scooter into a vehicle, the gradient is less important.
How often will the ramp be used?
If the ramp is to be used very frequently, you should consider a permanent ramping solution. Permanent ramps are often safer and easier to use and avoid the hassle of having to fold and unfold the ramp each time it has been used.
Where will you store the ramp?
This is quite an important factor when you are hoping to transport the ramps with the wheelchair or scooter in the back of your vehicle. Most ramps fold up to various degrees and you will need to understand the maximum size that you can accomodate before deciding which ramp to buy.
Who will be positioning the ramp?
The longer ramps can be quite heavy. It is unlikely you are going to be able to lift the ramps if you are the end user, therefore it is important that you think about who will be lifting the ramp.