If you’re going to install a stairlift, then you might have little or no idea what’s involved. Ideally this essay should shed some light on the subject to help you choose the best stairlift, make your stairlift installation a more fun and enriching process.To learn more StairliftsLondon
A stairlift is a motorized seat on the side of your stairs that goes up and down a track. Typically, the rail is connected to the stairs rather than to the ground. The seat will have a back-rest, two arms and a footrest on which to rest the feet.
It’s very easy to use a stair-lift. Simply sit on the seat and click the’ up’ button on the arm (or the’ down’ button if you go down) and the stairlift will carry you to your desired destination and automatically stop when you arrive.
This requires 4 to 6 hours to mount a stairlift.
Yes, a stairlift is a very easy operation to mount. The only drill needed is to drill several small holes every 4 to 5 measures on the treads of your stairs so that rail mounting brackets can be firmly attached to the stairs. The rest of the work involves the stairlift itself being installed and cabled.
Bends and turns aren’t an issue. There’s a traditional stairlift that only suits straight stairs, and a curved stairlift that’s custom-built to suit the stairs ‘ exact profile. A plain stairlift is usually installed on the wall side of your stairs whereas a curved stairlift can be built either on the side of the wall or on the side of the banister. Of eg, if you reside in a three-story house and want the stairlift to accommodate both floors, then the stairlift on the banister side can only be mounted as the stairlift will obstruct the mid-floor doorways if it were wall side built.
Some stairlifts are included in the design of your house with a variety of seat colors to blend in. There are however many choices you can consider carefully.
Controls: Directional controls(‘ up’ and’ down’ buttons) are found in the arm and usually you will have an option between push button switches and joystick controls. Joystick buttons are much more user friendly for those with arthritic fingers.
Swivel seat: The seat should be fitted with a swiveling facility enabling it to turn into the upper landing, making it safe for you to disassemble. The swivel assembly can be either manual or driven. If you have decent upper body strength and reasonably strong hands then the manual swivel shouldn’t give you a question. If you have low upper body strength and/or arthritic hands on the other side, then you should opt for the powered swivel option.
Footrest: if the stairlift is not in use, the bench, arms and footrest fold upwards to enable it to fold neatly down. The seat and arms are easy to fold, but the footrest is much more difficult to manipulate as it is so low on the floor. Therefore, a’ seat to footrest connection’ should be provided so that together with the seat the footrest is raised and lowered.
It is extremely safe to use a stairlift. There are stringent safety requirements for all stairlifts and a stairlift should have regular elements such as a required seat belt, alarms on both sides and footrest and continuous friction checks which ensures that once the finger leaves the control button or joystick the stairlift will stop automatically.
It’s suggested you have your stairlift serviced every year. When you stick to this then no other repair problems should be tackled during the stairlift’s entire working life, which should be at least 10 years. Therefore, you can make sure that your stairlift provider offers a legitimate 24-hour call-out service just in case any unwelcome Gremlins might enter your home and take a fancy up your stairlift.