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What to Consider Before Deciding on a Type of Stairlift

What to Consider Before Deciding on a Type of Stairlift

Here is everything you need to consider before you decide on what kind of stairlift to install.

Perhaps you or someone you know has been having trouble getting up and down the stairs at home. If this is the case, it’s possible that investing in a stairlift could be a good decision. Before you install a stairlift, however, you need to look at all of the different kinds to determine which one will be best for your needs. Here is everything you need to consider before you decide on what kind of stairlift to install.

Where Will Your Stairlift Be Installed?

Think about where your stairlift will go within your home. Does the person using it need help using stairs inside of the house, or is it a matter of getting inside and outside of the house? There are stairlifts that are designed to be used for indoor environments, and others are meant to be used outside. Knowing which one is more suitable for you is crucial before you start the installation process.

Think About the Type of Stairs You Have

The type of stairlift you need will partially depend on whether it needs to be installed on a straight or curved staircase. Straight stairlifts are simpler and cheaper to install in your home, but you need a straight staircase in order to use them. Stairlifts for curved staircases are a little pricier, but they’re custom built for your staircase so that you get the best lift for your situation.

Think About the Amount of Foot Traffic Around Your Stairs

If you’re installing a stairlift, then at least one person will be using it to get up and down the stairs. However, there might still be other people at the house who need to use the stairs on a daily basis. If this is the case, your stairlift should have a folding seat so that the ones who can walk up and down the stairs aren’t obstructed by the lift itself.

Safety Features

There are plenty of safety features that stairlifts should have. They should come with seatbelts to stop people from falling off the lift while it’s in use. Perhaps you want a lift that has safety sensors so that it stops when it runs into obstructions. A safety switch is another great feature because it only allows your stairlift to be used when the seat is in the proper position.

Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!

For over a decade, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

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