If you struggle with stairs, a stairlift will enable you to get around your home more comfortably.
The two main kinds of chair lift: straight and curved. While straight stairlifts travel in a straight line, curved lifts can turn around corners. Curved lifts cost much more due to the manufacturing of the curved stairlift rail and installation.
Ramsey, Harwich, Tendring, Felixstowe has a good choice of chair lift manufacturers to suit your needs.
- Platinum Stairlifts
- Oto Lift
From Brook's affordable range to more customisable models with automatic options and customisations tailored for you, you'll find something to suit all budgets.
All major brands provide installation, making the process stress-free.
Reconditioned stairlifts tend to be cheaper than buying new. To ensure you get the most out of your money, buy a second-hand chair lift from a trusted company. All reputable reconditioned stairlift companies in Ramsey should install the lift as part of the service, making the process easy. It's a good idea to ensure the purchase of a recon lift includes at least a one-year warranty for peace of mind.
Prior to a stairlift being fitted, you must book a home survey from a professional stairlift surveyor. They will assess exactly what's required and how much it's going to cost. Once you've approved the quotation, the installation can get started. No building work is typically needed as stairlifts attach to the stairs rather than the wall. This means that installation is normally quick and easy.
Due to the fact that stairlifts attach to the stairs, rather than the wall, there is usually no need for building work. Installation typically takes less than a day because of this.
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If your staircase bends or curves, or you have two straight staircases connected by a landing, a curved chair lift would be suitable for your home. Look at the curved staircase designs below to see if your stairs look similar.
Curved stairlifts are generally pricier than straight stairlifts because navigating corners requires a more intricate design than travelling in a straight line. As curved staircases are less universal in shape than straight ones, you are more likely to need a custom-built rail, which can also be expensive. The starting price of curved stairlifts is about £3,850. Multiple bends and stopping locations will be extra.
Some popular brands of curved stairlifts are • Acorn 180 • Handicare 2000 • Stannah 260 • Platinum Ultimate • Thyssen Flow 2 • Thyssen Flow X
If you have two straight staircases connected by a landing, you may be able to fit two separate straight chair lifts. 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 illustrations of straight staircases featured (A-D) can give you a better idea of whether you'd need a straight chair lift.
In addition, straight stairlifts are more affordable compared to curved models, starting at approximately £1,950. However, it's important to note that the inclusion of features such as a powered swivel seat will increase the overall 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 outside chair lift. Whether to reach your property unassisted or parts of your garden that bring you joy, an outdoor chair lift can be life-changing. Stairs can pose a significant risk for individuals with limited mobility or balance issues. Outdoor stairlifts offer a secure and stable mode of transportation, reducing the chances of falls or accidents that can lead to injuries.
Outdoor stairlifts in East of England will typically start from £2,400, but this can be higher or lower depending on factors like the length and style of your stairs. A curved staircase will cost more than a short straight staircase.
Outdoor stairlifts are similar in design to indoor stairlifts, but waterproof materials make them more weather resistant. For times when your stairlift is not being used, a cover can provide extra protection from the Great British weather.
If your home is near the sea, your outdoor stairlift is more likely to suffer weather damage. Salt in the air can corrode parts of the stairlift over time.
If your stairs are particularly narrow, look for a stairlift model specifically for limited spaces. Collapsible parts and compact designs mean your stairlift can be minimal in size and fold out of the way when not in use.
An option for utra narrow stairs is the Thyssenkrupp Flow X, previously the Flow 2. The Flow X stairlift is the narrowest on the market, designed to work on stairs down to 610mm wide. The chair automatically turns to get the chair lift user through the narrowest sections on your staircase without the user's knees or toes hitting the spindles.
Another option to look into is a perched seat stairlift. When using a perch stairlift, you partially stand but with a seat to perch on. Although, it's likely not suitable if you find partially standing difficult or you suffer with vertigo. It's a great option if you have constricted hip or knee joints that make sitting challenging.
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Heavy Duty Chairlifts
The weight limit of stairlifts differs based on the specific model. Manufacturers such as Handicare and Bruno provide bariatric stairlifts with increased max weight capacity.
For straight stairs, the Handicare 1000 XXL has a weight capacity of 31 stones, offering a wider seat and extended armrest for comfort. For curved staircases, the Bruno Elite supports up to 30 stones, and the Platinum Ultimate can accommodate up to 25 stones.
If you exceed these weight limits, TFL's, sometimes described as home lifts or residential elevators, provide a convenient and efficient way to move between different levels of a home. These 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 lift travels smoothly and quietly, through the aperture in the ground floor ceiling, guided by a rail system. 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.
Through-Floor-Lifts are significantly more expensive, starting at £11,500, but can be a life-changing purchase.
Reconditioned chair lifts Ramsey
If you're on a limited budget, you might want to consider a second-hand stairlift. Typically, it is straightforward to find a reconditioned stairlift for a straight staircase. Shortening an existing straight stairlift rail to fit your stairs is easy enough to do. Sourcing a used curved stairlift rail to fit your curved staircase is almost impossible as they are manufactured for a specific home. One possible approach is to buy a brand new custom-made curved rail then pair it with a second-hand curved stairlift seat.
Buying a stairlift from a private seller in the Ramsey area could seem like a cheap option, but rarely ever is. If you want to buy a used chair lift it's better to buy one from a reputable installer. This way, you can be assured that your stairlift works as well as a new one and is safe.
Reconditioned stairlifts, from a reputable company, should also come with a one-year warranty, meaning you're covered if it breaks down in the first 12 months of it being fitted.
If you’re considering a stairlift and live in Ramsey, give us a call today on 0330 223 6584 or book your free home visit.