Different types of stair lifts

curved stairliftIf you have any difficulty getting up and down stairs you really are not alone.

Modern stair lifts can be found with a wide variety of features such as adjustable seat height, armrests, automated or manual flip up footrest, seat belt, soft start and soft stop, safety features and more to provide you with options that will make your life easier.

Every year thousands of people look for a solution to the problems posed by the difficulty they have using the staircase in their own home. The decision to install a stair lift is sometimes a difficult one to take but when compared with the alternative of moving out of your house, or only living on one level of their home, many people have found a stair lift to be their preferred option.

The idea of selecting a stair lift and having it fitted may be daunting at first; however, most solutions can usually be fitted in a couple of hours.

Many factors can determine which type of lift solution best suits your needs. The information provided here is not an alternative to an individual assessment, which we can provide free of cost and free of any obligation to purchase.

We are not tied to providing a single brand of stairlift - so we can offer you honest and independent advice as to which type or brand is ideal for your particular problem.

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The types of Stairlifts

Straight Stairlifts:

A straight stairlift is one that takes a straight path up the staircase, with no bends or landings in between the start & finish points. This type of stairlift is the easiest and quickest to install as they are a straight run and as these lifts are modular, it is only the main rail that needs to be a certain length.

The only issue faced would be the width of the staircase that the stairlift will be fitted to, however as we are not limited to any one type or brand of stairlift, we are sure to have one that will fit perfectly. In some cases it may be necessary to trim the newal posts to allow enough clearance for the chair and the user to travel freely. However, this would normally be discovered during the stairlift assessment.

Curved Stairlifts:

A curved stairlift is for staircases that have more than one level and or landings. In theory there is no staircase that we cannot provide a solution for. We have even managed to fit a stairlift to a spiral staircase!

Each staircase is different, which means that the stairlift is made to fit your individual home and are handmade to fit correctly. Achieving this level of fit does mean that we require a longer lead time than a standard straight stairlift.

This means that the assessment will take a little longer as we would require more measurements, however technology is progressively making the assessment easier. The main rail of the stairlift keeps to either the inside or outside edge of your stairs and elegantly curves, giving smooth and safe operation. This rail is hand made to fit your staircase and designed to last for many years.

It's advisable that the stairlift covers the whole, not just part of the staircase. Some people will attempt to save costs by installing a straight stairlift on a curved staircase and attempt to manage the first or last few steps. However, if their condition deteriorates, they may no longer be able to manage this.

Outdoor Stairlifts:

Sometimes it is not the stairs indoors that are the problem, it can be steps up to the front door that are an issue. We can provide straight stairlifts to external stairs leading up to your property. These lifts are weather and dust resistant and can be just the solution you need to be able to stay in your own home.

Progressive conditions:

Someone who has a condition that could deteriorate should consider what the best long-term solution will be. Although they may be able to use a seated stairlift now, it may be appropriate to consider installing a through-floor lift to have the option of mobility around your home in a wheelchair in the future.

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