How do I replace 3 steep steps with a gradual incline footpath please?

by Tracey
  4 answers
  • Judy Judy on Jan 21, 2019

    Tracey I’m unsure what you mean. Do you mean in a pool?

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 21, 2019

    Hi Tracey,

    Are these indoor or outdoor steps, or as judy asked, a pool?

  • Seth Seth on Jan 21, 2019


    If you remove the steps, you are going to have to grade the incline to make it comfortable to walk up. That probably means bring in fill to regrade the area. Without a picture, it's hard to tell how extensive that will be and if you then might need some type of retaining wall to hold the fill in place. Can you post a picture?

  • Lizbeth Lizbeth on Jan 22, 2019

    It's hard to provide help without more info as others have said. But you say the steps are steep so you've likely got a high "rise." That likely means you'll need a longer run/gradual incline than one might think to replace the 3 steps.

    There are alot of websites with information about the required ramp lengths when converting from steps. Here is an example from a company that sells ramps (just to give you an idea of lengths/distances. I know you don't want to buy a ramp)

    I believe for wheelchair/scooter use the ADA requires a 1:12 ratio rise:run. So a 12 INCH total rise (vertical height from ground to top of top step) would require a 12 FOOT run (ramp length) If you have 3 steep steps your rise is likely more than 12 inches. Even if you goal is not to provide ADA access, a steep incline is harder for many people to manage than steep steps especially if a sturdy handrail can be provided beside the steps. You'll also want to be sure whatever path material you use isn't slippery or likely to erode/flow downhill.

    Can you provide more information?