All You Need To Know About ADA Ramp Slope

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The ADA guidelines specify particular ratios of accessibility ramps, which are designed to increase accessibility as well as safety. The ADA demands that all business and public-use wheelchair ramps follow an incline ratio of 1:12. This means that for every one-inch vertical rise, there are 12 horizontal inches (one foot) of the ramp. If you had a staircase with an upward rise of 21 inches then you’d require 21 feet of ramp. Furthermore, ADA stipulates that no ramp should be longer than 30 consecutive feet with turning or resting platforms.

Residential ramps aren’t required to adhere to guidelines of the ADA commercial codes, however, it is recommended that ADA ramp slope to an established standard that has slopes of up to (but not exceeding) a 2:12 ratio that is, 1-foot ramp for every two inches in a vertical climb.

What is the difference? ADA laws are intended to regulate public accommodations instead of private. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain a suitable ramp that is inclined for guests to access.

ADA Compliant Portable Ramps

Once you’ve determined how long the ADA ramp is required for wheelchairs then you must go to purchase this ramp!

In the beginning, ADA-accessible ramps with a minimum of eight feet are generally thought of as accessible ramps. They are available at our store or from other online retailers.


For ramps more than 10 feet there are several in-stock options available, such as the Aluminum Folding ramp. If an ADA ramp’s length is greater than the 12-14 feet mark, it’s in a position where a modular ramp could be more suitable than an accessible ramp.

ADA Compliant Modular Ramps

ADA modular ramps You can mix and match ramp components in order to customize the layout and length that the specific circumstances of your situation require. Modular portable ramps may not be the kind of ramp that you’ll be able to store behind your car. They can be erected within minutes and provide an ideal choice for a permanent or semi-permanent requirement.


The ramp experts at EZ access are available to answer any questions you may have. They will help you choose the right ramp that meets your needs.

Residential Wheelchair Ramp Codes

 We do not know of any specific codes for residential use that govern the slope of a ramp for wheelchairs for a single-family residence in the residential sector. Building codes are formulated locally. So, it is advisable to look around for changes to the requirements for wheelchair ramps for properties that are not commercial. We do recommend when building or purchasing ramps for wheelchairs, you follow a 2:12 ratio which permits 2 inches of rising per one-foot length of the ramp. This guideline will ensure that a person who is able to handle their own transportation in a wheelchair is able to safely traverse the slope of the ramp on their own. Similar to that, a person on an electric scooter would not have any difficulty using a home ramp. 


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