Buying a stairlift that is suitable for your staircase if you need one for yourself or a household member that has mobility problems to get safely from one floor to the other can prove to be a challenging choice.
To make it easy for you and to be sure that the model you are buying is the appropriate one for your needs, read the following lines.
Dimensions and capacity
The first steps you must take to find a suitable stairlift for your staircase are to make precise measurements and to determine what capacity is suitable for the stairlift.
If the company from which you want to buy the stairlift doesn’t send an employee to take care of the measurements, you have to do them yourself. What you have to do is to measure the length of the track from the bottom of the steps to the top, after which you measure the width, height, and the tread of the steps.
When it comes to the appropriate capacity, you have to decide whether you will go with a standard size or a heavy-duty capacity stairlift. This decision will be made based on the weight and height of the person using it.
If the person weighs under 300 pounds you can go with a standard unit, but if that person is heavier you should go with a heavy-duty model, because they can support 500-600 pounds, and they feature wider seats as well.
The shape of the staricase
The next thing that you must take in consideration when choosing the right stairlift for your staircase is the shape of the staircase.
If you have a straight staircase you are lucky, because stairlifts for normal, straight staircases cost less due to the fact that they go in a straight line, not needing to curve and bend.
When it comes to curved staircases, the stairlifts suitable for them cost more money and their installation is a bit more difficult because they need to bend, curve, and travel across a landing.
Stairlifts have two types of power sources, electric-powered and battery, both of these power sources having their pros and cons.
The main advantage of choosing a battery powered stairlift is that the unit will continue working even when there is a power shortage, an advantage that the electric-powered models don’t have, but their biggest flaw is that they need to have their batteries recharged very often.
The advantage of electric-powered stairlifts is that they don’t require any battery changes, being able to run continuously as long as there is no power shortage.