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All about Skate/bike Ramp Foundations - OC Ramps

We are often asked the best types of foundations for a half pipe mini ramp; below are a few Q and A’s about where you should install your skateboard ramp.

Does the ramp need to be level?

Yes. You don’t necessarily need to buy a 10-foot level to make sure it’s 100% perfect. You just want the ramp as level as possible to the naked eye.

The ramp makes an awkward feel to a skater if it’s on a slope. Should it be on dirt or cement? It does not matter as long as its level.

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What type of surface area/foundation is best for my half pipe?

The ramp needs to be put on a level surface. It can be on dirt, gravel, grass, cement, etc. As long as its LEVEL!

If you place the ramp over a grass area make sure the sprinklers are not hitting the ramp with water.

Cap off any sprinkler heads if the ramp is going directly on top of any sprinklers.

Halfpipe_foundation11 Ramp FoundationsShould I elevate my half pipe?

Many of our customers that live in wet/moist areas tend to elevate their ramps using any type of block; cinder, brick, pavers, stepping stones, etc.

Elevating the ramp just helps in case of heavy rain- the water can simply flow and run under the ramp—as opposed to the ramp sitting in mud or water.

If the area in which the ramp will go is in the shade where it tends to stay muddy or wet- we recommend elevating the ramp.

The ramp can only be elevated during the construction; once the ramp is built it is near impossible to put blocks underneath.

Here is a few suggestions we recommend.

Option #1 – Concrete Pavers-

pavers Ramp FoundationsDuring the installation process of building the “bones” we suggest adding concrete pavers every few feet under the framing (pictured below).

You can pick up the concrete pavers at any local hardware store like Home Depot for about a buck or two each & spend in total roughly $60.

Cost effective, durable & simplicity at it’s finest!

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Option #2 – Pressure Treated Wood

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Using pressure treated lumber for the foundation elevates your half pipe as it’s the perfect solution for wet/shady area’s on your property.

We suggest hiring a local pro to help assist on this method.

This option does run costly, however it’s completely worth it to protect your investment!

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Option #3 – Footings/Piers

halfpipe_foundation_211 Ramp FoundationsUsing footings/pier blocks to elevate are another good option.

Not only is this option very secure; it’s also cost effective!

Just need some time for precise placement.

halfpipes_foundation_311 Ramp FoundationsAny of the methods listed above work amazing for elevating your investment; really boils down to preference, time & budget.

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