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Get to Know the ADA Wheelchair Ramp Requirements

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides Wheelchair Ramp Specification, code and handicap access guidelines that most businesses are required to meet. And we here at Ideal Shield are here to help business owners and facility managers comply with the rules.

Here are the ADA wheelchair ramp requirements for most businesses, schools and other organizations, per ADAWheelChairRamps.com:  

– ADA Standards Require a 1:12 ramp slope ratio which equals 4.8 degrees slope or one foot of wheelchair ramp for each inch of rise. For instance, a 30-inch rise requires a 30-foot handicap wheelchair ramp.

– ADA Guidelines Require a Minimum 5′ x 5′ Flat, unobstructed area at the top and bottom of the ramp.

– ADA Standards Require wheelchair ramps to have a Minimum width of 36 inches of clear space across the wheelchair ramp.  Massachusetts and California ADA code now require 48-inches ramp width to be ADA Compliant.

– ADA Code Compliance Require a Minimum Turn Platform size of 5′ x 5′. California ADA ramp code now requires a minimum 6-foot (in the direction of travel) platform size.

– ADA Guidelines for Wheelchair Ramps allow a Maximum run of 30 feet of wheelchair ramp before a rest or turn platform.

– ADA Ramp Guidelines Require ADA Ramp handrails that are between 34″ and 38″ in height on both sides of the wheelchair

Contact your local building inspector for additional ADA code compliance information.

In the market for an ADA friendly handrail for your business or facility’s wheelchair ramp? Check out our wide range of handrail options that can be designed to meet your needs and ADA standards:

Aluminum Handrail 

Ideal Shield’s Aluminum Handrail designed for an entrance ramp

Steel Pipe & Plastic Handrail 

Ideal Shield’s Steel Pipe & Plastic Handrail designed for restaurant’s handicap accessible entrance ramp

Steel Handrail 

Ideal Shield’s Steel Handrail down a sloping hallway

We offer several different styles of handrail for industrial, commercial, or residential settings. That includes multiple Roof Fall Protection Railing options. For more information on our handrail options, please contact us today at Ideal Shield.