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6 Benefits of Modular Aluminum Wheelchair Ramps

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Why Aluminum Wheelchair Ramps Are the Superior Choice for Accessibility Solutions

When it comes to selecting a wheelchair ramp for your home or business, the material choice plays a pivotal role in functionality, durability, and maintenance. While various materials are available, aluminum is the stand-out choice for a reliable, low-maintenance solution. At Upside Innovations, we specialize in providing top-tier aluminum wheelchair ramps designed to enhance accessibility with ease and efficiency.

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Why Choose Aluminum for Your Wheelchair Ramp?

1. Safety Features

Aluminum wheelchair ramps boast a non-slip decking that ensures maximum traction, from rain to snow, under any weather conditions. Unlike wood ramps that require frequent grip tape application, aluminum ramps feature extruded decking with built-in grooves, providing a secure grip for wheelchair wheels without the need for constant maintenance.

2. Optimal Strength-to-Weight Ratio

Aluminum’s lightweight yet strong nature makes it an ideal material for wheelchair ramps. It offers comparable strength to heavier metals but is much easier to handle, assemble, and adjust, making it a practical choice for temporary and permanent installations.

Our wheelchair ramps come in 8′ and 10′ prefabricated, modular ramp sections. Hook the prefabricated ramp sections together for quick and easy installation. View our ADA ramp installation guide.

3. Durability and Maintenance

One of the most significant advantages of aluminum is its resistance to rust and corrosion. Aluminum ramps maintain their integrity and appearance over time, even in harsh weather conditions, without the need for annual maintenance. This not only saves on long-term costs but also ensures your ramp remains safe and functional year after year.

4. Flexibility and Adaptability

Our modular aluminum ramps feature adjustable legs to accommodate uneven surfaces, ensuring a level and stable platform. This adaptability extends to the ramp’s configuration; modules can be easily added, removed, or rearranged to meet changing needs, a flexibility not offered by wood or concrete ramps.

5. No Building Permits Required

Modular aluminum ramps are considered non-permanent structures, unlike permanent wood or concrete ramps. This means they typically do not require building permits, streamlining the installation process and making them ideal for projects with tight deadlines.


Use our ADA Ramp Length Calculator to find the correct ramp length for your project.

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6. Cost-Effectiveness

While the initial investment in an aluminum ramp may be higher than other materials, the speed of installation, lack of annual maintenance costs and the ramp’s longevity make it a cost-effective solution. Additionally, the high resale value of aluminum allows for recovery of the initial cost, should your needs change.

Wood vs. Aluminum: Cost

Wood Cost:

Material cost: A wood ramp costs an average of $100-250 per linear foot, according to, so, although variable, a 30′ ramp can cost around $4,600. If you add a 5’x 5′ platform which is required at the door, it would cost a total of about $5,500 for the material.

Install time: A 30’ wood ramp with a platform takes roughly (2) 8-hour days for two carpenters to cut and install.

Install cost: To build the ramp, you will likely need two carpenters ($60 per hour) for the two days. That means that labor costs will be roughly $1,440. In total, a wood ramp costs about $7,240. Plus, you will have to factor in the price of a building permit which usually costs a couple of hundred dollars.

Aluminum Cost:

Material cost: Aluminum ramp manufacturers charge a wide range of prices because there are different grades of aluminum and the varying size and load requirements for commercial versus residential. You can expect to spend between $6,400 on material for a 30’ commercial, aluminum ADA including a 5’ x 5’ platform.

Install time: You don’t need any prior experience to install an aluminum ramp, and it takes about 3-5 hours to complete the installation of a 30′ ramp.

Install time: A novice can install an aluminum ramp system on his/her own, so the installation cost would be free if you decide to install it yourself. Installation costs for an aluminum ramp are typically less than half the cost of a wood ramp installation.

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Aluminum and wood ramps initially cost about the same amount of money when you consider installation cost.