My wife now has mobility problems, and can no longer access our swim spa using a stem ladder. I was going to build steps, but she said she would be unable to use them.
I wish to build an access ramp up along the side of the swim spa.
What materials will I use? Timber or steel?
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Wombat180454. It's amazing to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about building a ramp.
A really commendable project you've decided to embark on. I'm sure the community will be thrilled to assist.
It would likely be easier to use timber unless you have experience with steel. An issue you'll need to overcome is that there is a maximum gradient to ramps that directly relates to ease of access. The longer the ramp, the easier it will be to access. You might need to make the ramp wrap around two sides of the spa to get the desired ramp slope. I feel that if the ramp is only on one side, the incline will be too steep to navigate. I've created the below renderings for you to help illustrate a possible construction process.
Working off a 3000mm wide spa, the ramp I've rendered would be 13 degrees, and the platform 700mm high. You might like to consider the ramp wrapping around the spa to reduce the incline. This would be important if you intend to be able to access the ramp with a wheelchair in the future.
Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions.
Hope all is well. Just checking in to see if you've made any progress with your project. I trust Mitch's reply was very helpful. Please let us know if you have any follow-up questions and please share any updates as the project progresses.
Welcome to the community.