Snow Melting For Ramps

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Accessibility ramps are critical for people who rely on wheelchairs, scooters and other accessible devices in order to navigate their homes, and it's important to maintain these ramps in order to keep them safe and functional for those who require them. If you are in the process of building an accessibility ramp, you may also want to consider investing in a deicing system.

Deicing Systems for Accessibility Ramps

Deicing systems rely on radiant heat technology in order to instantly melt snow and ice that accumulates on certain surfaces. While snow melting systems are commonly installed beneath concrete walkways, driveways or patios, they also can be installed beneath accessibility ramps. While other snow melting systems may be more of a luxury than anything, these systems are critical safety features for accessibility ramps. Accessibility ramps are the only point of entrance for anyone who relies on a wheelchair or another mobility-assistant device, and they must be kept clear of snow and ice in order for individuals to utilize them safely and effectively. Without a deicing system, homeowners or caretakers would be required to frequently shovel and treat the accessibility ramp in order to keep it clear at all times.

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Why You Should Add a Snow Melting System to Your Accessibility Ramp

These are just a few of the reasons why you should consider investing in a snow melting system for your accessibility ramp:

  • A deicing system will greatly improve the safety of the accessibility ramp. The radiant heat technology will warm up the ramp when the temperature drops, ensuring that any precipitation that falls is instantly melted. The heat continues to work until the pavement is dry, which means that the ramp will always be clear of snow and ice.
  • A snow melting system will eliminate much of the maintenance that is required for the accessibility ramp. Accessibility ramps are designed to provide people in wheelchairs and other mobility-assistant devices with the freedom and independence that they need, but some may still not be able to shovel snow or clear ice from the ramp. The snow melting system will automatically work to melt any precipitation that falls, ensuring that no one is responsible for clearing ice and snow from the ramp. This can greatly reduce your stress about any upcoming winter weather, especially if you rely on the accessibility ramp to get in and out of your home.
  • A deicing system also will improve the curb appeal of your home. Your concrete accessibility ramp will always be free of snow and ice, which will make your home look picture-perfect regardless of the season or the current weather conditions.

When is the Right Time to Install a Deicing System?

The best time to install a deicing system in an accessibility ramp is during the construction of the ramp. Due to the fact that the radiant heat cables and mats have to be installed beneath the concrete, it is difficult to retrofit an existing accessibility ramp with a deicing system. If you are in the process of designing an accessibility ramp for your existing home or if you are building a new construction property that will include an accessibility ramp, now is the best time to consider adding a snow melting system to your concrete accessibility ramp.

Installing a Snow Melting System on a Ramp

You have multiple options when it comes to installing a snow melting system on an accessibility ramp:

  • You can install the radiant heat cables and mats yourself, prior to the concrete being poured on the ramp. While it is possible to complete the installation yourself, it is only recommended if you have previously worked with radiant heat technology. It is important to get the spacing right when laying the radiant heat cables, especially when you will be using them as a safety feature on an accessibility ramp.
  • You can hire a professional contractor to install the radiant heat solution before the concrete is poured on the camp. This is a more costly option, but many find that they prefer the peace of mind that comes with relying on a professional who has completed this type of installation job before. It is important to hire a contractor who has significant experience working with radiant heat technology, as this will ensure that you get the best results for the longest period of time.
  • You can purchase an above ground snow melting mat that is placed down on top of the existing ramp. These mats do not require structural changes to the ramp or ramp surface. The mats quickly unroll and are powered by exterior outlets, giving you fast access to snow melting power. 

Surfacing Materials for Heated Accessibility Ramps

Outdoor radiant heat solutions such as deicing systems are compatible with a variety of surface materials, including concrete, bricks and paver stones. However, bricks and paver stones often do not work well for accessibility ramps, as they can make it difficult for wheels and tires to navigate the ramp. Therefore, the best surfacing material for your heated accessibility ramp is concrete. Poured concrete can safely be applied on top of the radiant heat cables, and the cables will work to warm up the concrete and instantly melt the precipitation that falls during the winter months.

The Cost of a Heated Accessibility Ramp

The cost of a heated accessibility ramp will vary significantly based on a variety of factors, including: 

  • The size of the accessibility ramp — The length and surface area of the ramp will likely be the largest influence on the total cost, with shorter ramps costing less than longer, more intricate ramps.
  • The customization required for the ramp — The radiant heat solution may need to be customized in order to accommodate turns in the ramp or handrail placement, which can impact the final cost.
  • The type of radiant heat products that you choose — There are various cables and mats available for you to choose from for your heated accessibility ramp, allowing you to pick products that fit within your price point.
  • The installation fees — Installation costs will vary significantly based on how you choose to have your radiant heat solution installed on your accessibility ramp.

Choosing the Right Distributor for Your Radiant Heat Solutions

At Green Wave Distribution, we specialize in radiant heat solutions for both indoor and outdoor spaces, including deicing systems for accessibility ramps. In fact, we feel that these radiant heat solutions are some of our most important products, as they provide homeowners with the confidence they need to safely access their homes.

All of our radiant heat products at Green Wave Distribution are safe, reliable and efficient. Radiant heat is a sustainable solution that adds a touch of luxury to any home, and we would be happy to help you come up with an effective solution for your property.

For more information about snow melting systems for accessibility ramps, contact Green Wave Distribution today.

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