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Wheel Chair Ramp Q

Discussion in 'Home Construction and Remodeling' started by Peanut, Nov 7, 2019.

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  1. Nov 7, 2019 #1

    Peanut

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    I need suggestions for floor covering for a wheel chair ramp. Ramp is 40" wide x 28ft long. The slope is 1 to 7.63.

    There are NO local code issues. I live in the boonies, no codes apply out here. There may be insurance issues but I'll deal with those later.

    I was handed a raw deal... build a functional ramp in less than 2 weeks while dealing with the aftermath of a flood in the house.

    Easy solutions suggested locally are

    1) Rhino Lining - Same paint used on truck beds. Exactly what makes it "non-skid"?

    2)Rolled Roofing - It comes in 36" widths.

    Basically I'm looking for a non-skid surface for the ramp. This is the only reason for my post... I'll deal with any other issues at a later date.

    I just need something functional for the short term.
     
  2. Nov 7, 2019 #2

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    The best working ones under all conditions I've seen were covered with simple tab shingles.
    They weren't pretty, but had excellent traction and held up to wear well.
    Coarse grit works best.
     
  3. Nov 8, 2019 #3

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    One of my neighbors had one when his elderly motherly lived there. He used some kind of rubber strips which he ran perpendicular about every 18". They were short, rounded, and apparently easy to wheel over but also created a "stop" when needed. In between the strips he used a rectangular stair pad that was a lot like skateboard tape (sandpaper).
     
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    I don't know how well the bed liner spray will adhere to wood base, but I have it on my truck , and I can tell you that nothing is easy to slide on it.
    It is definitely non skid.

    Great stuff, I'm not sure the cost.
    I think you can buy it in spray cans.

    Jim
     
  5. Nov 8, 2019 #5

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    Yup, I have seen that in use on multiple applications.
     
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    Gloss latex paint with sand is a low price option or better is gloss enamel paint with sand. These are used for non-skid porches and stairs.
    Bed liner is a very good product but it is expensive. Three tab roofing is a good choice with a balance of wear resistance and cost.
    A quick question is in order: how much snow and ice do you get? Compacted snow or ice will never be a good traction surface.
    I made a concrete ramp for access into the garage and it is as non-skid as anything. If your ramp can take the load that might be a longer lasting surface. After it is laid down you rinse the top with water to expose the aggregate for non skid surface. Plan at least a two inch layer to keep it from cracking.
     
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    Concrete will not be used in this application. The life expectancy of the ramp should be about 3 years. I receive little or no snow.
     
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    Sanded paint will last as long as the ramp and it is an inexpensive alternative.
     
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    See someone tearing off a roof for replacement you get free shingles for your ramp.
     
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    Traffic paint with sand or sandblast media mixed into it. play with the amount to get the roughness you want
     
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    NOTE: No non slip surface will be any good if ice is expected. Calcium chloride applied over the ice is an excellent non skid application for ice. it is far superior to rocksalt.
     
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  13. Dec 7, 2019 at 6:13 PM #13

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    Not only that but the calcium choride won't cause any concrete that the melting water gets on to spall, salt is really bad for concrete.
     
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  14. Dec 7, 2019 at 7:01 PM #14

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    We used outdoor carpeting on the MIL's ramp.
     
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