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Certified Aging in Place Specialists
Michigan Wheelchair and Handicap
Accessible Home Remodeling‏
Call Now
248-246-1669
17 Jan 2014

Maintaining your aluminum ramp in the Michigan winter is really not much different than maintaining your sidewalks. The aluminum ramps are manufactured with a ribbed surface which under normal conditions provides great traction. If the ribs fill with snow and ice, then the ramp like any other surface will become slippery. Be sure to keep your ramp free of snow by shoveling it. If it is light snow it helps to sweep the ramp, this prevents scrapes to the ramp. Purchase extra-coarse, non-clumping cat litter at your local hardware store. Cat litter acts as additional traction on slippery surfaces and doesn’t leave the chalky residue behind like ice melt. When the snow melts in the spring, the pet litter can be swept or washed away. If your ramp has already become built up with ice and snow, we recommend using magnesium chloride or calcium chloride to melt away the ice and snow. You can find this product at your local hardware store. Wood ramps are the same as aluminum ramps when it comes to winter maintenance. Make sure it is free of snow, and if it is not then shovel it or put ice melt on the ramp. You can find ice melt at your local hardware store and purchase non-coarse ice melt so it does not damage your wooden ramp.

An Aluminum Modular Ramp in the Winter.

An Aluminum Modular Ramp in the Winter.

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