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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.

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.

Should I elevate my half pipe?

We do recommend it.  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 most definitely 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 are a few options that we recommend- ranging in both price and labor.

Option #1 – Concrete Pavers

The easiest and cheapest method is to use pavers from Home Depot.  They run a couple bucks ea.  An 8ft wide ramp may occupy 15-20 pavers, while the 16ft wide halfpipes may need 30-40.  If one area or corner is low, you can always stack more than one paver.

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

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Option #2 – Pressure Treated Wood

Using pressure treated (2×6 and 2×8) 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 ($1,000-2,000 for materials), however it may be completely worth it to protect your investment!

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Option #3 – Footings/Piers

Using 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.  Granted you’ll spend little in materials, but you may be spending quite a bit of time on the labor of leveling.

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

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