Are you gathering information on the cost to build a disability ramp? Typically, the expense for this project will total about $4,000 to $8,500 for a 30 foot ramp, which slopes up to a height of 30 inches.
Cost to build a disability ramp will vary according to the following considerations:
- degree of slope desired (a gentle incline is safer and easier to maneuver, especially for those with limited arm strength)
- material -- wood, aluminum, steel, or concrete
- weight specifications
- edge protection, handrails, and top and bottom landing platforms
- any necessary turns
- any lighting required
- Materials -- The ramp will be constructed from (in ascending order of costliness) wood, aluminum, steel, or concrete. The material must have a non-slip finish for stability.
- Labor -- The quote will include the labor involved in building and finishing the disability ramp. If modifications must be made to your home's entranceways, that will add to the expense.
- Permit -- Your town will probably require a permit to build a ramp. Ask your carpenter to pull the permit before starting work.
- Estimate -- The initial estimate, which may include onsite measurement, is often free.
Get the Most for Your Money
For the best results, hire a licensed carpenter who is familiar with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) specifications. Ask him or her to take local weather into account as well. For example, a wooden ramp must be carefully sealed against heavy rains.
A ramp that is coordinated with the style of your home and landscaping will be esthetically appealing as well as practical.
Check with your local Center for Independent Living to see whether your state will help fund the cost to build a disability ramp.