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Portable Ramps vs. Semi-permanent Ramps

If you are in need of a ramp to eliminate the barriers that steps, curbs, and raised thresholds can cause, choosing the right solution for your needs can be tricky. Both portable ramps and semi-permanent ramps provide quick, easy, and reliable home access and help break down barriers for individuals with limited mobility, but which one is right for you?

The diagram and images below show the differences and similarities between a portable ramp and a semi-permanent ramp. We are hopeful that this information can provide guidance when determining what access solution will best suit your needs. If you have any questions or would like to get connected to an EZ-ACCESS ramp provider near you, please reach out to our Customer Service team!

Portable Ramps vs. Semi-permanent Ramps

portable ramp rotating vs semi-permanent ramp spinning with different variations

Portable Ramps

A ramp that travels with you wherever you go. Can be folded up and carried to each location it is needed.

3 ramp options:

  1. SUITCASE® Singlefold AS Ramp
  2. SUITCASE® Singlefold Ramp

Weight capacity: 800 lbs.

Built-in carrying handles with an ergonomic design for easy transport.

No assembly required. The ramp can be set up quickly for on-the-go access.

Mostly used to overcome curbs, raised landings, smaller steps, etc.


Made of durable, lightweight aluminum that will not rust or rot from outdoor elements, making the ramps virtually maintenance-free.

Both portable and semi-permanent ramps come in multiple lengths to overcome a number steps and other elevated obstacles.

Ideal for scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility equipment.

Both ramp types have slip-resistant surfaces for superior traction when moving up or down the ramp.

Set up is quick and easy.

Ground Transition Plates make the conversion from ramp to ground smooth on most surface types.

Semi-permanent Ramps

A ramp that can be relocated when needed, but is less portable. Usually placed in a more permanent area for everyday use in the same location.

2 ramp options:

  1. GATEWAY® 3G Solid Surface Portable Ramp
  2. PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System

Weight capacity: 1,000 lbs.

Handrail options are available that help provide users additional stability as they traverse the ramp.

Installation can usually be done by one person. Our ramps are lightweight, have few modular components, and utilize universal hardware that requires minimal tools for assembly. A semi-permanent ramp can be put together and ready for use in a matter of hours.

Ground Transition Plates make the conversion from ramp to ground smooth on most surface types.

Mostly used to accommodate higher rises such as elevated porches and decks, multiple stairs up to the home’s designated point of entry, etc.

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