The two main kinds of stairlift are straight and curved. straight stairlifts move in a straight line, curved ones can turn around corners. Curved ones cost significantly more due to the manufacturing costs of the curved rail and installation.
Brightlingsea, Alresford, Tendring, Colchester has a good choice of stairlift companies to suit your individual needs. These include: Acorn, Access BDD, Handicare, Platinum, Stannah and Thyssenkrupp
There is something for everyone from Acorn's affordable range to more customisable models with add-ons to blend into your home, there is something for everyone. All major brands provide installation, making the process stress-free.
Refurbished stairlifts are less expensive than new ones. To ensure you get the most out of your money, buy a refurbished stairlift from a reputable company. All reputable reconditioned stairlift companies in Brightlingsea will facilitate the install, simplifying the process. If you do buy a 2nd hand lift, be sure to get at least one-year warranty cover.
Stair lift companies offer their own installation services, so there's no need to deal with a third party. Before buying a stairlift, you'll need a home survey from a qualified stairlift surveyor. It is possible to install a stairlift within a day of the survey, assuming you were happy with the quote. Since stairlifts attach to the stairs rather than the wall, no building work is normally required. As a result, installation is usually simple and takes no more than a day.
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Curved stairlifts are custom-made to fit the unique shape and dimensions of the curved staircase. They have a flexible rail system that curves along the staircase, allowing the user to travel smoothly and safely around corners or up multiple flights of stairs. This makes curved stairlifts an ideal solution for individuals with mobility challenges who need assistance navigating curved or multi-level staircases in their homes or public buildings.
Curved stairlifts come with a higher price tag compared to straight stairlifts due to the intricate design needed for navigating turns. Unlike straight staircases, curved ones vary in shape, requiring a custom-built rail that adds to the overall expense. While the starting price for curved stairlifts is typically around £3,850, additional charges will apply for multiple bends and stops along the staircase.
Here are some popular curved stairlift options to consider:
- Acorn 180
- Handicare 4000
- Stannah 260
- Platinum Ultimate
- Thyssen Flow X / Access Flow X
If you have two straight sets of stairs connected by a landing, it may be worth considering the installation of two separate straight stairlifts. However, it is crucial to ensure a safe transfer between the seats of the stairlifts. If this is not possible, a curved stairlift is the right choice.
The images of straight staircases featured (A-D) can give you a better idea of whether you require a straight stairlift.
Straight stairlifts are less expensive than curved stairlifts because the rail is straight and simple to manufacture. The cost of a straight stairlift starts at around £1,950. Features like a powered hinge rail or upgraded swivel seat will increase the total cost.
Popular straight stairlift models: • Acorn 130, • Brooks Lincoln, • Handicare 1100/1000, • Platinum Horizon, • Stannah 600 and • Thyssen Homeglide
If you find climbing the stairs outside your home or garden difficult, consider fitting an outdoor stairlift. Whether to reach your property unassisted or parts of your garden that bring you joy, an outdoor stairlift can be life-changing. Outdoor stairlifts in East of England will typically start from £2,400, but this can be higher or lower depending on factors like the arrangement of your stairs. A curved set of steps will naturally cost more.
Outdoor stairlifts are virtually the same as internal stairlifts, but include waterproof components to make them more weather resistant. When you aren't using your outdoor stairlift, a weatherproof cover will provide extra protection from nasty weather. If your property is near the sea, your outdoor stairlift is more likely to suffer weather damage. Salt in the air can damage parts of the stairlift over the years.
If your staircase is narrow, you can get a stairlift designed especially for tight spaces. When not in use, collapsing parts allow your stairlift to fold away as slim as 300mm. An excellent stairlift for narrow stairs is the Thyssen Flow X. This stairlift works on both curved or straight staircases. The Flow X stairlift is designed to work on stairs down to 610mm wide. The chair automatically swivels to get the passenger through the tightest sections on your staircase without hitting anything. The other option to consider is a perch stairlift. When using a perch stairlift, you partially stand but with a seat to lean on. Although, it may not be suitable if you have minimal mobility, which makes partially standing tiring or unsafe.
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Heavy Duty Chairlifts
If you're concerned that you might be too heavy for a traditional stairlift, there's specific stairlift manufacturers who supply a heavy-duty version.
The highest weight capacity for straight stairs is the Handicare 1000 XXL, with a maximum weight capacity of 31 stones. It styles a wider seat, larger base, and extended armrest to keep you comfortable. For curved staircases, you can choose the Bruno Elite stairlift, which can carry up to 30 stones, or the Platinum Ultimate, with a weight capacity of up to 25 stones.
If you're near the higher end of these maximum weight limits, a Through-Floor-Lift (TFL) can be a great alternative to a stairlift. When the lift is parked on the ground floor, the top is designed to be strong enough to become part of the floor above. Costing in the region of £11,500, Through-Floor-Lifts can be expensive compared to a stairlift. However, they can also make a massive difference in your daily life.
Reconditioned stairlifts Brightlingsea
If cost is a concern, consider inquiring about approved-used stairlifts as a budget-friendly option. The process of finding a reconditioned stairlift for a straight staircase is typically straightforward. Shortening an existing straight stairlift rail to fit your stairs is generally straightforward. Pre-used curved stairlift rails are not easy to re-fit as they've most likely been custom-made for a specific staircase. One possible approach is to get a brand new custom-made curved rail to suit your stairs then use a pre-owned, refurbished, curved stairlift carriage.
Getting a pre-loved stairlift from a private seller in the Brightlingsea area might seem like a cheap option, but inva never invarably. If you want to buy a used stairlift it's better to buy one from a reputable installer. This way, you can be assured that your stairlift will work like new, installed correctly and is safe. A refurbished stairlift will also come with a 1 year warranty, meaning you're protected if it breaks down within a year.
If you’re considering a stairlift and live in Brightlingsea, give us a call today on 0330 223 6584 or book your free home visit.