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Cost of Building a Wheelchair Ramp

Wheelchair Ramp Construction Cost

There are many factors that impact the cost of building a wheelchair ramp, including the materials used and the desired length of the ramp. The information below should help you find the right contractor for the job.

1. Your geographic location. Where you live can have a big impact on the cost of installing the ramp. The prices for labor and materials tend to be higher in big cities and large metropolitan areas. You can expect to spend a little less in rural areas. Check out ProMatcher's Wheelchair Ramp Cost Report to find estimated costs near you.

2. Temporary vs. Permanent Ramps. How long do you need for? Is someone recovering from a surgery? Or, do you need a permanent wheelchair ramp installed? Temporary ramps tend to be more affordable.

3. Custom-built vs. Modular Ramps. The construction of a custom ramp is going to require more labor than the installation of a prefabricated ramp. As a result, you can expect to spend a little more money on your project.

4. Ramp Material. What type of ramp are you looking to install? Is it going to be used for a manual wheelchair or a motorized scooter? Accessibility ramps can be made from metal, wood, or concrete. Concrete ramps are typically the most durable, but that will come at a cost. Prefabricated metal ramps tend to be a little more affordable. Wooden ramps can also be very economical, depending on the species of wood.

5. Ramp Length. The Americans with Disabilities Act (or ADA) recommends a ramp slope ratio of 1:12 for all wheelchair access ramps. More simply, for every inch of vertical rise, you’ll need 12 inches (or one foot) of horizontal length. The contractor may provide you a quote based on the linear footage of ramp required. Longer ramps, as well as ramps with turns, switchbacks, and additional landings, also tend to be more expensive.

6. Safety Precautions. Any additional safety features may increase the cost of your ramp building project. Wood ramps can become slippery in wet conditions. You may consider adding anti-skid strips or another textured flooring material to the ramp. Certain ramps may require railings or handrails. If you need them, make sure the cost is included in your quote.


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