Wood vs. Aluminum
More than a Material Differences.
So a simple search online will bring up all kind of advantages and disadvantages between purchasing an aluminum ramp or constructing a wooden ramp, but the end conclusion usually is that a wooden is cheaper but doesn’t last as long and an aluminum is a low/no maintenance permanent solution for a premium price. While these statements are both true upfront, there are several other important factors and differences that go beyond the material a ramp is made of.
Unlike a wooden ramp, our aluminum ramps are modular. This means they can be erected and torn down without changing or damaging your existing home or porch. That means by installing an aluminum wheelchair or mobility ramp you haven’t permanently altered the appearance of your home if you ever need to sell it. In fact, due to the high quality material of your modular ramp, you can even take it with you to your new home or sell it back to us so it can be re-purposed for another home in need. Whereas, wooden ramps lose all of their monetary value the moment they’re constructed and aren’t even suitable for firewood after being stained.
Wooden ramps can look and work great, but they necessitate maintenance. Now I know, you already knew that. But who is going to do that maintenance? Either you, someone you know or someone you hire will have to do maintenance. So the savings associated with your wooden ramp gets absorbed by two things: the time (to do the work yourself) and/or money (for supplies and help). So that bargain you scored with a wooden ramp now not only loses all of it’s value, but it continues to cost you. The price is high.
Without maintenance, wood ramps rot and fail. It’s not a matter of when will they, but when will they. With aluminum and proper usage, an EZ Mobility Ramp can last a lifetime and offer the same level of safety now as it will fifteen years from now. We are so confident in our work that we offer a three year warranty on all of our wheelchair ramp installations. Meaning if inclement weather does manage to damage your wheelchair or mobility ramp, we will order new parts and fix it and no additional cost to you. Good luck getting a contractor to come and fix your wooden ramp if something happens to it down the road.
I’m not afraid to admit we’re bias when it comes to building a wheelchair ramps, but it’s hard to argue with the facts. By offering warranty protection, exceptional safety with no maintenance and the option to sell back to us, EZ Mobility Solutions Mobility Ramps are the obvious and economical option for your needs. I’m not afraid to admit we’re bias when it comes to building a ramps, but it’s hard to argue with the facts. By offering warranty protection, exceptional safety with no maintenance and the option to sell back to us, EZ Mobility Solutions Mobility Ramps are the obvious and economical option for your needs.