There are different reasons that you may find yourself in need of a wheelchair ramp. You may have someone in your household who has suffered an injury and has their mobility temporarily restricted. It could be that you are planning to convert your current house into an aging in place home, and want to make mobility easier. Whatever the case may be, the project generally starts with a consultation, in order to determine what ramp would be right for you.
During the consultation, your professional expert will want to know more about whether this is permanent or temporary. It probably comes as no surprise that this is a big determining factor in the type of ramp you end up with. If the person relying on the wheelchair is expected to regain mobility, then you have different options and should be showed those, accordingly.
Are you going for strictly functional, or would you like decorative? It is true that more ornamental options cost more, but they also afford you the opportunity to work this into your design, in a more cohesive manner. If this is going to be a permanent part of your home, why not make it as attractive as possible?
During your in-home consultation is the ideal time for the professional to advise you about what ways the ramps they offer can make life easier for the user. Plus, they can show you the comfort features of the different options that they have available.