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Vertical Platform Lift or Ramp: Which is the Best Way to Spring you into Motion?

Spring has sprung and the leaves are starting to bud. Even though it feels like winter will never end, warmer weather is within reach. It’s time to decide how you are going to venture outdoors. Is the PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift the right choice? Or would a traditional PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System ramp work best for your home? Let EZ-ACCESS show you a variety of situations and options so you can choose the best product to get you outside.

Give Me Some Space

One of the first things to consider is how much room you have at your desired point of entry/exit. If space is at a premium, it might make more sense to install a vertical platform lift as they take up a lot less room. A modular ramp should generally follow the ADA guideline ratio of 1:12 (for every one inch of rise, one foot of ramp is needed).

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

The foliage might be coming in nicely but that doesn’t mean money grows on trees. When deciding which product will work best to get you moving, budget is always something to seriously take into consideration. In general, a modular ramp system will cost less than a vertical platform lift. However, it is important to note that a modular ramp may not be what is best for your home. April Showers and

May Flowers

Another aspect to consider is how your accessibility solution will weather the elements. If you have someone to keep your vertical platform lift or modular ramp system clear of debris such as fallen leaves and snow, either system may work for you. However, if you live independently, it may be that a platform lift installed inside of your garage would work best. Because the lift takes up less space than a ramp, it can generally fit inside a garage giving you easy access to both your home and the outdoors.

There are many aspects to consider when deciding which accessibility solution works best for you. Allow the customer service team at EZ-ACCESS to talk to you about your options and spring you into motion.

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