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Monday, December 9, 2013

ADA ramps For Modular Buildings, (5) easy tips

Modular buildings can set above the grade keeping the axles and frame system but federal and local jurisdictions require the building to be ADA or handicap accessible. Some designers will charge a few thousand dollars to put a ramp drawing together for you, but we have some tips to help you save time and money on making your modular building ADA accessible
1. Know your door threshold, measure it and re-measure it. Most mistakes are made in the threshold height if your ramps does not meet the mandatory 1:12 Pitch/ratio your ramp no matter how sturdy will not pass inspections....and do overs can be very expensive
2. Prefabricated ramps & stairs are quite common in the industry. By using a prefabricated system there are legs that can adjust up and down with the terrain and makes installation quicker & more affordable since the "design" is already incorporated into the prefabrication process.
3. Material: Ramps can be made of wood, steel, aluminum, concrete, trex, the value of the ramp is the value of the life cycle and site conditions. Make sure you think of those considerations before just exploring "how-much" the ramp costs
4. Maintenance: Get a ramp that is LOW MAINTENANCE, most clients do not have time to go out and paint, or nail or resurface ramps each year
5. Before your build, get approval on your design. Many times a simple thing can be very expensive to retrofit, and it could have been prevented if a plan review agent reviewed the design prior to installation.

for more information contact our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1

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