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Different Stair Lift Options and Designs

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Different Stair Lift Options and Designs

Choosing the proper model and configuration is an important step in the purchasing process. New or used straight or curved there is a solution for every staircase and user. Let’s take a closer look at the some of the options on the market.

A stair lift allows you to stay in the home you love safely and independently!

What if there is a door or walkway at the bottom of my stairs?

If you have a straight staircase that has a door at the bottom or a walkway that cannot be blocked by a conventional stair lift you still have options. Power hinged rails or slide tracks are a great solution to this obstacle because the track is automatically moved out of the way as the chair travels up the stairs. This allows you all of the safety and convenience of a standard stair lift without sacrificing a part of your home.

What if I have a door at the very top of my staircase?

This is an example where a quality stair lift is designed in a way that allows you to retain the door without sacrificing the function of the stair lift. This is often called a zero intrusion installation and all brands worth considering should have this option. There is no reason for you to remove or modify your door to install a stair lift if you choose the correct model.

Stair lifts are a great solution for laundry and are much cheaper than moving a washer and dryer to a different floor!

What if I have a staircase that turns or has a landing in the middle?

If you have a staircase with a configuration like this you will need to install a lift that is custom made specifically for your home. There are many manufacturers and dealers that do not offer custom stair lifts because they are not equipped to build or install one. With the proper tools, training and technology building and installing a custom stair lift is a painless process without them it is dangerous and intimidating. During the initial consultation we will discuss the options and desired configuration of your stair lift and take some measurements in order to give you a bid. Upon acceptance of the bid we will come to your home and complete a site survey, which consist of taking calibrated photos of your stairs using our stair tracker system. This information is then sent to the manufacturer and a custom rail is designed for your stairs. We will then revisit your home to make sure the drawing is correct and show you a drawing of what your new stair lift will look like. We then come out to your home to install the lift as soon as it arrives from the manufacturer. You should be leery of a dealer that measures the staircase instead of using a photo survey system as the lift will not be as precise or safe to use. Also avoid modular custom lifts, as they are very bumpy because they consist of stock parts that are modified to fit your stairs instead of being designed with your configuration in mind.

Outdoor stair lifts are a great solution for stairs leading up to a home.


What if I need to put a stair lift outside of my home?

Many homes have stairs leading up to the home on the outside and installing an exterior grade stair lift is a great solution for navigating them safely. Since these lifts are exposed to the elements it is even more critical to pick a lift with a good reputation and warranty. Exterior lifts should come with a key switch so you can prevent unauthorized use.

Should I consider a used stair lift?

Used stair lifts can be a great solution for those who cannot afford to purchase a new unit or plan to use the machine limited times. As with any other machine buying a used unit can be a nightmare if not done properly. You should only consider a used lift that is purchased from a dealer so you can ensure that it has been inspected and will be safe to use. This also ensures that you have a model installed that was intended for your staircase design. Most stair lifts are designed to have a 10-15 year life expectancy so this should be kept in mind when considering this option. You should also be aware that many manufacturers have closed their doors within the past 5 years so there are no longer parts available for these brands making them very risky to purchase.

What about stair lift rentals?

Renting a stair lift can be a great solution for someone with a short term need or someone who is unsure about the length of time the lift will be needed. At Hildebrandt Mobility, we have a flexible rental program that allows you to purchase the unit outright within the first three months for the same price you would pay if you were to purchase the lift up front. As you can see stair lift rental can be a great option for those with a straight staircase

What can I expect when working with Hildebrandt Mobility?

At Hildebrandt Mobility we strive to make sure every customer gets the attention and quality experience they deserve. We never hard sell our products and offer a customer service experience that is second to none. All of our installers are factory trained and certified so you can rest assured that the product you purchase will be installed correctly and come with the full manufacturers warranty. No matter what your situation or budget we can help you find a safe, reliable stair lift solution to fit your needs. For more information about stair lifts please give us a call, we are always happy to help.

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