The two main types of stair lift are straight and curved. straight stairlifts move in one straight line, curved lifts can turn around corners. Curved lifts are much more expensive.
Living in Essex, close to Alresford, Brightlingsea, Ramsey, Harwich you'll find plenty of stair lift brands to meet your requirements.
These include: Acorn, Brooks, Bruno, Handicare, Platinum, Stannah and Thyssenkrupp
There is something for everyone from Acorn's affordable range to more bespoke products with a choice of colour and customisations tailored for you, the selection is wide and varied.
All major brands provide installation, making the process stress-free.
Pre-owned stairlifts are often cheaper than new. Buy a reconditioned stair lift from a reputable company over a private seller to ensure safety and quality. DO NOT buy from auction websites or local marketplaces unless you plan to install this yourself. All good reconditioned stairlift companies in Tendring should install the lift as part of the service, making the process easy. To ensure peace of mind, make sure the lift you purchase comes with a one-year warranty.
You should have a home survey performed by a stairlift technician before purchasing a stairlift. The installation process is convenient since all stairlift companies in Tendring provide installation services. Typically, stairlifts don't require building work since they attach to the stairs rather than to the wall.
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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 are pricier than straight stairlifts because of the intricate design required to navigate turns. As curved staircases are less universal in shape than straight ones, you are more likely to need a custom-built rail, which will also be expensive. Curved stairlifts start at around £3,850 but multiple bends and stops will cost extra.
Here are some popular curved stairlift options to consider:
- Acorn 180
- Handicare 4000
- Stannah 260
- Platinum Ultimate
- Thyssen Flow X / Access Flow X
If your property features a straight staircase without any bends or curves, a straight stairlift is the right solution. However, in the case of two straight staircases connected by a landing, you have the choice of either two separate stairlifts or one continuous curved stairlift.
The images of straight staircases featured (A-D) can give you a better idea of whether you require a straight stair lift.
Straight stairlifts are less expensive than curved stairlifts because the rail is straight and therefore easier and cheaper to make. The average starting price is around £1,950. Features like a powered hinge rail or automaticswivel seat will increase the overall price.
Here are some popular straight stairlift models: • Brooks Lincoln • Stannah 600 • Platinum Horizon • Thyssen Homeglide • Acorn 130 • Handicare 1100 • Handicare 1000.
Straight stairlifts offer a quicker and easier installation process compared to curved stairlifts, thanks to their straightforward design. Typically, it takes one engineer a maximum of 4 hours to fit a straight stairlift.
If you find climbing the stairs outside your home or garden difficult, consider installing an external stair lift. Whether to reach your property unassisted or parts of your garden that bring you joy, an outdoor stair 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.
An outdoor stairlift will cost in the region of £2,400, depending on the layout and length of stairs. Stairs with turns will naturally cost more than a short straight staircase.
Outdoor stairlifts are similar in design to internal stairlifts, but include waterproof components to make them more weather resistant. When you're not using your outdoor stair lift, a protective cover can provide extra protection from the Great British weather.
If your home is near the sea, your external stairlift is more likely to suffer environmental damage. Salt in the air can damage parts of the stairlift over the years. The waterproof cover will also help to keep the seat dry.
If your staircase is narrow, you can get a stairlift designed especially for tight spaces. Collapsible parts and compact designs mean your stairlift can be minimal in size and fold out of the way when not in use. A good solution for the narrowest of staircases is the Thyssenkrupp Flow X. The Flow X stairlift is designed to work on stairs as narrow as 610mm. The seat automatically turns to get the stair lift user through the tightest sections on your staircase without the user's knees fouling the spindles. Another option to look into is a perch stairlift. When using a perch stairlift, you partially stand but with a seat to lean on. Although, it's likely not suitable if you find partially standing difficult. It's a great option if you have constricted hip or knee joints that make sitting challenging.
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Heavy Duty Stairlifts
If you are concerned that you might be too heavy for a traditional stairlift, there's specific stairlift manufacturers who manufacture 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 are at the top end of these maximum weight limits, a Through-Floor-Lift (TFL) is your only option. When the lift is parked on the ground floor, the lid is designed to be strong enough to be walked on above.
While Through-Floor Lifts do come with a higher price tag, starting at £11,500, they have the potential to make a life-changing impact.
Reconditioned stair lifts Tendring
For those with a restricted budget, it's worth considering a pre-owned stairlift as a cost-effective 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 cheaper than buying a brand new rail. Finding a used curved stairlift rail to fit your curved staircase is not an easy task as they've most likely been custom-made to a specific customer. One possible approach is to buy a new bespoke curved rail to suit your staircase and pair it with a reconditioned curved stairlift seat.
Shopping for a pre-owned stairlift can be more affordable than buying one brand new. Purchasing a second-hand one through EBay or a Tendring Facebook marketplace may look like a cheap option. However, buying from a reputable company means you can trust that your used stairlift is professionally fitted and will operate safely.
A refurbished stair lift will also come with a 12 month guarantee, meaning you're protected if it breaks down within the first year of it being fitted.
If you’re considering a stairlift and live in Tendring, give us a call today on 0330 223 6584 or book your free home visit.