Doorsteps and carpet edges can become obstacles for vacuum robots just as quickly as transitions between different floor coverings. The simplest solution for such problem areas is to get a robot vacuum cleaner that has appropriate climbing functions - especially for carpets, this is usually sufficient. However, if the height difference significantly exceeds 2 cm, it is helpful to resort to special ramps.
While ramps make door thresholds surmountable for vacuum robots, transition profiles ensure an edge-free change between different floor coverings. Both devices are not only useful for vacuum robots: High door thresholds are a classic tripping hazard in the home and can be flattened by ramps. If people with limited mobility live in the household, doorsteps can also be more easily overcome with a rollator or wheelchair via ramps.
Basically, you should consider the following when choosing suitable ramps and transition profiles for suction robots: If a door opens onto the side of the installed ramp, the ramp must in no case be too high so that the door can be closed without friction. It is also advisable to check the angle of inclination of the ramp, especially in the case of large differences in height. The flatter the ramp is laid out, the easier it is for a vacuum robot to drive over it.
Rubber ramps for vacuum robots
Ramps made of rubber such as the model (at Amazon: https://amzn.to/3g0QRmc) offer an inexpensive solution for overcoming height differences for vacuum robots. They are particularly slip-resistant and therefore do not need to be screwed to the flooring. Rubber ramps are considered very durable due to their high load capacity and good abrasion values. However, their appearance may not be particularly appealing to one or another apartment owner.
Transition profiles made of metal
In contrast, transition profiles are usually made of aluminum. There are models in rounded shape, such as the following model: https://amzn.to/2NBX9g6, which are also suitable for coping with smaller differences in height. Transition profiles are usually firmly screwed to the substrate and are therefore considered particularly safe. If screwing is not desired, self-adhesive models are also offered among the flat transition profiles. In addition to different sizes, there are also various metallic shades to choose from, with the help of which you can visually adapt the transition profiles to your living space.
Wooden ramps for vacuum robots
Wood is a natural product and carries the risk of warping easily under strong fluctuations in humidity and room temperature. However, with their lively grain, ramps made of wood exude a special coziness and offer a wide variety of designs thanks to different types of wood. Wooden ramps can be produced regionally and are considered particularly sustainable.
The webshop helpyourrobot at https://amzn.to/3i6aw6b offers you the possibility to individually configure a ramp for your living area: The solid wood ramps from a German carpentry company are offered in variants with and without a landing or with rounded edges. By choosing between different types of wood, you can perfectly match the look of the ramp for your vacuum cleaner to your living environment.
An interesting alternative is the model https://amzn.to/3dHTTdw: Its special design allows the rounded ramp for vacuum robots to adapt to different floor heights. The rubber rail ensures a secure hold on the flooring and can also compensate if the ramp warps slightly after years of use.
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