Straight Stair Chair Lifts are normally placed on straight staircases. Straight chair lifts are sometimes an economical solution for staircases that turn at 90 degree, 180 degree, or straight with a middle landing. A straight chairlift would be required for each straight section of stairs. Also, the rider would need a large enough landing to transfer safely from one stair lift to the next stair lift. Please call us at 281-480-9876, if you have any questions or would like to set up a free in-home evaluation so we can go over the best options for your home
Curved Stair Chair Lifts fit on stairways that turn and bend. This is the best choice for persons who want to ride from one end of the stairs to the other without transferring. Curved rails are necessary when you have winders or pie shaped stairs in your staircase. The rail is made specifically to hug the contours of your stairway and leave space for other family members to access the stairs. The stairlift’s rail can park around the corner at the bottom of the stairs. Some customers like the rail to extend over the top landing, so riders can be away from the top of the stairs when entering and exiting the stairlift. Some customers have the stairlift serve three floors, a bedroom down the hall, etc. . . We can design a curved rail stairlift to fit your needs and desires. To build a stairlift, we start by bringing out a specialized camera to take between 60 and 100 pictures of your stairs. The pictures are uploaded to a CAD Program (computer assisted design program), then an engineer creates the design for your stairs. We review the design with you and then the stairlift goes into production. Once we receive your stairlift it takes us about 3 hours to install.
Outdoor Stair Chair Lifts are made for straight staircases. They are attached to the treads of the stairs not the walls or handrail. An outdoor stairlift is specifically designed for the outdoors by having covers to keep rain, wind, and sun off of the chair when folded; treated circuit boards, weather-resistant seat, and anodized aluminum rail. Stairlift Store takes the extra step of applying dielectric grease to the exterior of wiring harnesses to help prevent corrosion, moisture, and dirt from harming the electrical connections.
Outdoor Curved Stair Chair Lifts are made for stairways that bend and turn. These chairlifts are great for beach houses that often have staircases with center landings, long staircases that meander down hills, raised homes in the Houston Heights, and beach houses in Galveston County. They are attached to the treads of the stairs not the walls or handrail. An outdoor stairlift is specifically designed for the outdoors by having covers to keep rain, wind, and sun off of the chair when folded; treated circuit boards, weather-resistant seat, and anodized aluminum rail. Stairlift Store takes the extra step of applying dielectric grease to the exterior of wiring harnesses to help prevent corrosion, moisture, and dirt from harming the electrical connections.
All stairlifts are regulated by ASME A18.1 – American Society of Mechanical Engineers regulation A18.1 presents guidelines for the design, construction, installation, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, and repair of stairway chairlifts.
All seats swivel at the top – This allows the rider to exit with both feet on the top landing of their home. The rider just turns the seat, manually or automatically, at the top landing. When the seat is turned at the top of the stairs they will be facing the upper landing and have their feet on the landing allowing them to exit safely.
Two Remotes (Call/Sends) – Remotes allow you and a second rider to call and send the stairlift. For example, the first rider may get up early in the morning to have coffee so they ride the stairlift downstairs, when the second rider is ready to come downstairs they just push a button to call the carriage back up to the top, so they can then ride down.
Constant Pressure - The rider or operator must keep constant pressure on the armrest toggle or one of the remotes while moving the stairlift carriage.
Seat Swivel Safety Switch – The seat safety swivel prevents the stairlift carriage from moving when the seat is not in the ride position. When you exit at the top of the stairs you swivel the seat at the landing, to prevent accidental operation the stairlift carriage will not move until the seat is turned back to the ride position.
Footrest Safety Switch – The footrest safety switch automatically stops the travel of the carriage if there is an obstruction between the footrest and stair nose. This safety is extremely important for persons that cannot feel their feet, for children, and pets. It also prevents the running over of canes, purses, etc.
Seat Belt – A seat belt prevents a rider from falling out of the seat in the event of a medical emergency.
Side Panel Safety Switches – Stop the carriage at the top and bottom of the stairs. The side panel safety switches also prevent the carriage from running over objects on the rails.
Battery Operation - All straight stairlifts on the market except one are battery operated. The stairlift will continue to run even during a power outage. The number of times the stairlift will carry a rider up and down the stairs depends on the stairlift, the weight of the rider, and the age of the batteries. When the power to your home is ON the stairlift’s batteries recharge automatically from a charger that is plugged into a standard 110 volt household outlet. By being automatically recharged, the batteries in your stairlift will normally last 2+ years. Please note, turning off the charger does not turn off the carriage, it just discharges the batteries.
No Construction Needed - The stairlift rail mounts to the treads of your stairs, not the wall. No construction is needed. The rail will extend to the lower landing to allow the rider to safely exit at the bottom landing. If the bottom landing is a narrow walkway, many customers choose a folding rail to move the stairlift rail out of the walkway when not in use.
Folds Up when Not in Use – All stairlifts fold up when not in use. The seat, armrests, and footrest all fold up to allow plenty of space on the staircase for other users to walk up and down the stairs.
What do stairlifts not have in common:
Different Drives – Rack and Pinion, Winding Cable, Traction, Helvetica Worm Gear.
Different Seat Designs – predominantly plastic or predominantly metal. Lower weight capacity stairlifts often have plastic molded seats with minimal metal support. The more metal, the stronger the seat. A strong predominantly metal seat should be chosen by riders that drop into the seat. Most stairlifts have a seat post that inserts into a round metal collar with a nylon sleave. The Bruno Elite stairlift has a seat that rotates on ball bearings for the easiest manual rotation by a rider. This is the easiest seat to turn manually.
Curved Rails Differences – How do they keep the rider upright when making turns and changing angles? Most curved rails rely on the mechanical rail design. For example, the Bruno curved rail has flanges built into the rail design that keep the carriage and rider level throughout the ride. The Stannah double rail system changes the distance between the two rails to keep the rider and carriage upright. Others rely on a memory card and the carriage counting to keep the rider and carriage upright, these stairlifts include the Acorn, Access, and the UP stairlifts. A problem may occur with stairlifts that rely on programming because the programming can fail and over time very small counting errors by the carriage can add up to prevent the stairlift from running.
Seller’s/Manufacturer’s Product Support – Stairlift Store installs and services all stairlifts that we sell. If you ever have a question or need a repair we are there for you, that is why we answer our phones every day of the year. Your stairlift is there for you year-round and so are we. Prior to buying a stairlift from a local or an online stairlift dealer ask what happens if you need a repair and for a phone number to call for service. Everything mechanical will need to be repaired sometime in the future. Be sure to follow up with a phone call to the number they give you and make sure they will service your product or at the very least you can buy parts. Many manufacturers will not sell parts to consumers and they will not allow registered dealers to sell parts to consumers unless they are installed by the dealer.
Length of Warranty – All manufacturers except for one gives you a 2-year warranty on electrical components. Manufacturer warranties on the motor, gearbox, and rail depend on the manufacturer; one manufacturer gives 1-year, many manufacturers give 5-years, most give a limited lifetime.
Quality of the Stairlift’s Components both internal and external – Stairlifts contain a motor, gearbox, circuit boards, switches (toggle, safety, limit), batteries, charger, rail, gear rack, seat, etc. . . The quality of the components and how well they work together will determine if you have years of carefree ownership or if your stairlift will require more frequent and sometimes expensive repairs.
Availability of Parts – We keep many common parts in stock in case one of our customers needs a repair.
Availability of Repair – We normally come out on the same day one of our customer’s calls for repair. We have very few repair calls because during our initial meeting to discuss what you are looking for in a stairlift, we will recommend the best stairlift to meet your needs. Also, all of our installation technicians work for us and are factory trained which leads to excellent, safe, and problem free installation. We do NOT use handymen. Handymen do not fully understand how to install a stairlift, the safety features, how to test safety features, and the serious consequences that can follow.