The Different Types of Stairlifts

by | Nov 15, 2013 | Healthcare

There are a variety of different stairlifts available for purchase today and the choice you make is generally subject to your own personal requirements. Purchasing a stairlift is not something people do casually, since you must first decipher whether it would really have a significant positive impact for yourself or a loved one. There is no denying that having a stairlift in your home can certainly improve the quality of your life as being able to move freely in your home is a basic necessity that all of us need. For those looking for stairlifts in Barnstaple there are a variety of choices at your disposal and this article will help you determine which one is right for you and your specific needs.

Straight Stairlifts

Straight stairlifts are by far the most popular choice for homeowners as most people tend to have straight staircases. The rail track for the stairlift itself is fixed to the stairs themselves and not to the wall and installation is generally quite fast and will only take a few hours. Straight stairlifts in Barnstaple also tend to be cheaper than other stairlifts since the price is really just dependent on the length of the staircase.

Curved Stairlifts

As you may have guessed, curved stairlifts are used on staircases that are curved or spiral. Since the stairlift track has to be custom made to the right angle and length they are often more expensive than traditional straight stairlifts. They also take longer for installation, however this is not a hugely significant change.

External Stairlifts

Outdoor stairlifts are in principle exactly the same as indoor stairlifts, with the exception that they are usually built with stronger materials such as particular seat cushioning to protect against weather damage.

Wheelchair Platform Lifts

Platform lifts are generally of a heavier build than traditional stairlifts and are usually fitted in public buildings but it is not uncommon for some individuals to opt to have them in their home. Since they are designed to carry a person in a wheelchair, the lift’s rails are significantly stronger. Some platform lifts provide a short levelling up a few stairs, whereas others can go right through from the first floor to the second or third floor. The latter are more commonly known as ‘Through Floor Lifts’.

Somerset & West Country Stairlifts Ltd are an independent stairlift specialist offering Stairlifts in Barnstaple. Visit them online for more details.

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