Stair lifts are mechanical devices used for transporting people with limited mobility up and down the stairs. They can be used regardless of whether the stairs are curved or have a landing area.
When choosing stair lifts for your home, here are the top qualities to consider:
One of the most vital components of any stair lift system is the tracks, because the size and the shape of the tracks will largely determine how simple your stair lift is use to use as well as how much it will cost to maintain it. Tracks either come straight or curved to be used with curved staircases, and they can also be built to accommodate stair case landings.
Another important factor to consider with your stair lift is the seat, since this is the part that the user will be utilizes the most. Seats on stair lifts can be either very basic or more complicated with footrests, armrests, cushions, and the ability to pivot when not in use so they get out of the way and permit a clear walk way.
Security and Safety
The most important factor to consider with any stair lift system is safety and security. The vast majority of stair lift models will come installed with key locks and seat belts, as well as durable hardware to ensure that the system lasts over the long term.
The tracks of the stair lift will also play a significant role into how secure and safe the system is overall. The simplest kind of stair lift to install is one that utilizes straight tracks, but these are also sometimes the cheapest option as they are built out of elements and materials that are easier to build. It’s important to find a stair lift track system built using durable materials.
Any stair lift that bends to accommodate a curved staircase will utilize a curved track, and they also often used more detailed dimensions. Again, seek out durable materials.
Finally, you should also invest in a staircase that will continue to run on battery even when the power runs out, so that if the user is currently using the staircase during an outage they can be transported either to the top or bottom of the stairs.
Warranties and Additional Options
A decent stairlift warranty will guarantee you’re getting the best for your money. It should also help ensure your safety through appropriate upkeep and maintenance as well.
Separately from straight or curved, there are some other options you might have to make about the track as you go shopping for a stairlift: