Wheelchair lifts are becoming more popular, they can be installed either indoors or outdoors. The wheelchair lifts or “platforms” are useful for people with limited mobility that rely on there wheelchairs. These lifts are wider than the wheelchair and allow the users to enter and exit the lift with ease.
These lifts will need a concrete base to start on at the base of the stairs; This base should be strong, sturdy and flat. Most lifts reach a minimum of 52” if you exceed this distance you will need to secure the lift to your staircase. Make sure when purchasing your lift that it supports a minimum of 500 pounds to accommodate most chairs and riders. If you are installing your lift outdoors make sure to take the proper precautions to protect your new equipment from the elements, such as a vinyl seat and sealing all mechanical parts with the appropriate sealant for your area.
You have two choices when it comes to the power for your lift either battery or hydraulic (this one does not require electricity.) Another choice to be made is the type of lift, you can either choose an enclosed lift or a platform lift. Some people may feel more secure in the enclosed lift depending on the distance you are traveling.