If you hesitate to leave the house because you have difficulty walking up and down the stairs, consider having an outdoor chair lift installed on your property. We have a wide selection of outdoor models available to suit your budget.
Features of Outdoor Stairlifts
Outdoor chair lifts are very similar to their indoor counterparts. Most models have padded chairs, supportive backs, and armrests to keep you comfortable. When you sit on the chair, you use a joystick or lever to move up or down. One of the major differences between indoor and outdoor lifts is that manufacturers weatherproof the components of their outdoor models. Weatherproofing prevents malfunctions and cosmetic damage caused by heat and moisture. If you’re not sure which chair fits your requirements, ask one of our staff members for assistance.
Uses for Outdoor Chair Lifts
There are several places to use an outdoor chair lift on your property. If you have to walk up several steps to your home, it’s possible to have an outdoor lift installed on the steps leading to your front or back door. These lifts are also used to make patios, raised porches, and multi-level gardens more accessible. With an outdoor chair lift, it’s easy to enjoy your garden, sit on the patio with friends, and get into and out of your house without getting injured.
Choosing the Right Stairlift
Before you purchase a stairlift, you need to take measurements to determine which model is the best fit for your property. If you’re not comfortable taking the measurements yourself, one of our installers would be happy to do it for you. You also need to decide whether you need a standard lift or a high-capacity one. Standard lifts usually accommodate users weighing up to 300 pounds, while high-capacity lifts are ideal for passengers weighing up to 600 pounds. If you choose a high-capacity model, you may need a wider staircase to accommodate the larger seat.
Considerations for Buying a Chair Lift
The length of your stairway isn’t the only thing to consider when choosing an outdoor stairlift model. You need to make sure there is enough room for people to walk up and down the stairs without bumping into the chair lift. If your exterior steps are narrow, you may have to ask people to use a different entrance to your home. Many chair lifts come with seatbelts, adjustable seats, and other features, so compare models until you find the one that is right for you.
Outdoor Chair Lift Costs
Chair lift models vary in price based on the features you choose. For example, a curved stairlift typically costs more to install than a straight stairlift because of the complexity involved in installing a curved track. It also costs more to have a chair lift installed if you have a lengthy stairway. Before ordering your stairlift, check with your insurance company to see if any coverage is available. The company may pay for a percentage of the chair’s cost up front, or you may have to pay for the chair and then submit a request for reimbursement.