If you struggle with stairs, a stairlift can restore your ability to navigate the home independently. The two primary kinds of stairlift: straight and curved. As their names imply, straight stairlifts travel in a straight line, curved ones can move around corners. Curved ones are a lot more expensive than their straight counterparts.
Maldon, Heybridge, Witham, South Woodham Ferrers has plenty of stairlift brands to pick from.
These include: Acorn, Access BDD, Handicare, Stannah and TKA
From Acorn's affordable range to more state-of-the-art products with automatic options and designs to suit your home, everyone can find something they like.
Reconditioned stairlifts can be more affordable than brand new models. Buy a reconditioned stairlift from a trusted brand to ensure quality and safety. All reputable reconditioned stairlift companies in Maldon will provide installation services, simplifying the process. It's a good idea to ensure the purchase of a recon lift includes at least a one-year warranty for peace of mind.
The first step toward getting a stairlift is to have a stairlift technician come to your home and do a home inspection. All stairlift companies in Maldon have installation services, making the fitting process convenient. Due to the fact that stairlifts attach to the stairs, rather than the wall, there is usually no need for building work.
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A curved stairlift would typically be required when there is a curved or non-standard shaped staircase in a home or building. Unlike straight staircases that run in a single, uninterrupted line, curved staircases often have bends, turns, or multiple levels. In such cases, a curved stairlift is specifically designed to navigate these complex layouts.
Curved stairlifts come with a higher price tag compared to straight stairlifts due to the intricate design needed to navigate beds. 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.
Several renowned makes and models of curved stairlifts include • Acorn 180 • Handicare 2000 • Stannah 260 • Platinum Ultimate • Thyssen Flow 2 • Thyssen Flow X
If your stairs in your home travel in one direction without any bends, a straight stairlift is the right choice. If you have a straight staircase, it might look like one of the staircase designs illustrated A-D.
Consider fitting two straight stairlifts if you have two straight staircases linked by a landing. This is only an option if you are able to transfer between the stairlifts seats. If this isn't possible, a continuous run curved stairlift can be a good solution.
Straight stairlifts are less expensive than curved stairlifts because the rail is straight and simple to manufacture. The average starting price is around £1,950. Features like a powered hinge rail or optional extras, like a swivel seat will increase the total cost.
Here's a selection of straight stairlift models you may want to investigate:
- Handicare 1100
- Handicare 1000
- Brooks Lincoln
- Stannah 600
- Platinum Horizon
- Access BDD Homeglide
- Thyssen Levant / Thyssen Comfort
- Acorn 130
Because of their simplistic design, straight stairlifts are quicker and easier to fit than curved ones. It often takes half a day, at most, to fit a straight stairlift.
If you find climbing the stairs outside your home or garden difficult, consider installing an outdoor stairlift. Whether to reach your property unassisted or parts of your garden that bring you joy, an outdoor stairlift can be an excellent investment.
Outdoor stairlifts in East of England will typically start from £2,400, but other environmental factors may increase this. A curved set of steps will cost more than a short straight staircase.
External stairlifts are virtually the same as indoor stairlifts, but include waterproof components to make them suitable for outdoors. When you're not using your external stairlift, a protective cover can provide extra protection from rain and snow.
If you live near the sea, your external stairlift is more likely to suffer environmental damage. Salt in the sea air can damage parts of the stairlift over the years.
Narrow Stair Lifts
If your stairs are particularly narrow, look for a stairlift model specifically for limited spaces. When not in use, folding armrests, seat and footplate allow your stairlift to fold away as slim as 300mm. An excellent stairlift for narrow stairs is the Thyssen Flow X. The Flow X stairlift is designed to work on stairs as narrow as 610mm. The seat automatically swivels to get the stairlift user through the tightest sections on your staircase without the user's knees or toes hitting the opposite wall. The other option to consider is a perched seat stairlift. When using a perch stairlift, you partially stand but with a seat to lean on. It's excellent if you have restricted knee or hip joints that make sitting uncomfortable. However, it's not suitable if partially standing makes you feel unsteady.
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Heavy Duty Chairlifts
Whilst most stairlifts' maximum weight limit tops out at 25 stone - there are a couple of options for those living in a larger body.
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 exceed these maximum weight limits, through floor lifts(TFL's), also known as home lifts or residential elevators, provide a convenient and efficient way to move between different levels of a home. Through-floor-lifts consist of a self-contained cabin that moves vertically, through a newly made aperture within a dedicated shaft or enclosure.
To operate a through-floor lift, a user enters the lift cabin at one level and selects up or down. The cabin ascends or descends to the chosen floor, allowing the user to exit at their destination safely.
Through floor lifts typically use an electric motor and a system of cables, pulleys, or hydraulic mechanisms to move the cabin. They are designed to be space-efficient and can be customised to fit the specific dimensions of a home.Through floor lifts also provide a practical solution for wheelchair users.
A TFL is more expensive than a stairlift, starting somewhere around £11,500. However, the benefits can outweigh the cost.
Reconditioned stairlifts Maldon
For those with a restricted budget, it's worth considering a pre-owned stairlift as a cost-effective option. Sourcing a pre-used stairlift for a straight staircase is straightforward. Shortening an existing straight stairlift rail to fit your stairs is cheaper than buying a brand new rail. Pre-used curved stairlift rails aren't as easy to re-fit as they are custom-made to a specific job. One possible approach is to purchase a new bespoke curved rail to fit your stairs then fit a second-hand curved stairlift seat.
It might be cheaper to purchase a pre-used stairlift in Maldon than buying a new one. Purchasing a pre-owned stairlift from a private seller may seem like a good idea, but it’s typically problematic and fraught with risk. Unless you’re a trained stairlift engineer, buying a reconditioned stairlift from a reputable company is a better option.
Reconditioned stairlifts, from a reputable company, will also come with a 1 year guarantee, meaning you're covered if it breaks down within the first year of it being fitted.
If you’re considering a stairlift and live in Maldon, give us a call today on 0330 223 6584 or book your free home visit.