ADA: Threshold Ramps

Universal/accessible design of the home from an occupational therapy and a construction perspective. This blog is part of a quest for cool, convenient, functional design that makes life safer, easier, and as maintenance-free as possible. It's about the lifestyle.

I just discovered these BigHorn threshold ramps, but haven't tried them yet.  Anyone else know anything about these ramps?  

Rubber Ramp Colors

BigHorn™ Ramps use advanced recycled composite technology offering the newest in safe, light-weight residential threshold transitions with heavy load capabilities. Designed for superior slip-resistance, StoneCap™ coating technology incorporates ceramic coated quartz crystals, offering an enduring surface that is UV stable and guaranteed not to crack or fade.

BigHorn™ Ramps modifies existing thresholds up to 1 ½” and has molded traction pads for both slip-resistant protection and visual appeal. A Gradual tapered front edge with molded 22° side slopes provide safety and access with an attractive finish.

Unlike metal or aluminum, BigHorn™ Ramps will not freeze or become slippery in wet or cold environments. In addition, molded mitered ends provide a high quality finished product desirable enough for the most discerning of homeowners. BigHorn Ramps are available in attractive granite and earth-tone colors to accentuate any decor.

2 comments:

Shannon said...

We just installed one for a veteran in our area. They are a plastic type product, which surprised us a bit, considering we thought they would be like the more common rubber based ramps. Overall they are easier to install and cut, and are definitely lighter. The one thing we aren't sure of yet is how they will hold up when modified to fit the contour of a threshold. The reason I mention this is because they are designed with channels, which helps cut down on the weight...so you almost have to cut across where the channels intersect so as not to weaken them. Hard to explain, and we didn't take any pictures, but basically it's almost like looking at a plaid design on the underside. Overall we really liked them, and will probably use them over the much more difficult to cut rubber ramps. They also have two areas of a sticky tape type product to help anchor them, and of course the area most often cut to make them fit is where the upper strip is. I wish all of these threshold ramps were a little more flexible as far as alterations to fit uneven floors, drooping doors, and variations in height. Other than the ones with adjustable feet, which work best for higher thresholds, it's sometimes difficult to get the perfect fit in older houses.

Karen K Koch said...

Thank you Shannon, I appreciate your expertise. We are thinking of using these threshold ramps but it's always better to find out others opinions.

I'd love to connect with you about other accessibility issues as well. Are you a part of LinkedIn?