How Modular Wheelchair Ramps Can Meet Your Accessibility Requirements More Efficiently

How Modular Wheelchair Ramps Can Meet Your Accessibility Requirements More Efficiently

It is fun to look at old photographs from more than 50 or 60 years ago. We notice—and may laugh at—the hairstyles and clothing, admire the car designs, and lament that a beautiful building was torn down.

What we may not perceive or think about is that there are probably no curb cuts at sidewalk corners or access ramps for wheelchairs.

As advocacy groups became more vocal and visible, public awareness of the need and responsibility to provide access for all individuals increased. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, was the first federal civil rights protection for people with disabilities from discrimination for programs receiving federal funding. In 1990, the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law.

Providing accessibility for individuals with disabilities is a legal requirement and a moral obligation for businesses and public facilities. Wheelchair access ramps are essential for creating inclusive environments that allow everyone to participate fully in society as employees, visitors, and customers. However, does a building owner or facility manager always need to invest in expensive construction to provide compliant access?

The flexibility of modular design.

A modular wheelchair access ramp allows easy customization to fit various entrances and pathways. The RightWay Pro system includes components like lightweight aluminum floor frames, anti-slip fiberglass mesh, adjustable leveling feet, powder-coated steel balustrades, and “warm-to-touch” PVC handrail tubes. Available design configurations include:

  • Straight ramp
  • L-ramp
  • T-ramp
  • Return ramp
  • Ramp with steps
  • Steps
  • Double steps
  • Platform

This flexibility ensures seamless integration into virtually any facility, enhancing accessibility and the user experience. The ramp can be reconfigured without extensive modifications if the building undergoes expansion or extensive renovation.


Cost-conscious installation.

Compared to traditional welded and concrete ramp systems, modular ramps like RightWay Pro offer significant savings without compromising quality or durability. No expensive groundwork is required. The prefabricated components and efficient designs reduce labor costs and installation time. Using only a bolt driver, ramps can be constructed in less than a day—only a few hours for more straightforward ramps.

Never sacrifice safety or durability.

Safety must be considered with any access ramp. Engineered by experts in safe access solutions, RightWay undergo rigorous testing to meet the highest safety standards. The lightweight, high-strength aluminum and durable, powder-coated steel are made to withstand extreme weather conditions and heavy use, limiting the potential for unseen damage. All-weather treads prevent ice and snow so people can walk confidently without dangerous slips and trips.

The ramp materials used are corrosion-resistant, ensuring longevity with minimal maintenance. These features ensure the ramps provide safe and reliable access in all conditions, making them suitable for various environments.


The ABCs of ADA and IBC compliance.

RightWay Pro access ramps are meticulously designed to meet the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the International Building Code (IBC). These standards ensure that ramps are accessible, safe, and user-friendly for everyone. Key requirements include:

  • A maximum slope of 1:12. (12 inches of ramp for every 1 inch rise.)
  • A minimum width of 36 inches between handrails in most states (Greater widths can be acceptable).
  • Platforms at regular intervals for rest – for every 30 inches of vertical rise.
  • Top and bottom landings at least 60” x the width of the ramp.
  • Protection along the edges to keep wheelchair casters and crutch tips on the surface

How can we help you?

Wheelchair access ramps are crucial in creating accessible and inclusive spaces—and complying with necessary regulations. If you are responsible for wheelchair access at your facility, FlexDecks can help. Our comprehensive services are at your disposal, including hazard assessments, design and consultation, engineering, manufacturing, installation, and follow-up inspections and maintenance.  Contact us for an evaluation of your facility’s safety needs.

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