How are stairlifts installed?
There are so many questions that people have surrounding the purchase of a stairlift and as the equipment can represent a financial investment, it is only correct that people have all the answers before they make the commitment.
A stairlift is also going to become part of someone’s home, so there are concerns about fitting the stairlift and the possibility of it damaging their home. Here, some of these questions are addressed.
How is a stairlift attached to the stairs?
When people consider a stairlift to make their home more accessible, they are often concerned for the structural integrity of their stairs and if this addition will compromise it. To install a stairlift, a track is attached on brackets that support the rail. This keeps the rail elevated from the stairs.
The brackets are attached to the treads of the stairs with between 2 and 5 screws (per bracket). This means there will be no damage to the bannister or walls surrounding the staircase. The stairlifts are always installed at a reasonable distance from the wall or bannister to prevent any scuffing or scraping.
People should always seek a professional to install their stairlift. It is not advised that people take this upon themselves.
Will a stairlift damage my carpet?
As the brackets hold the track above the floor, it should not damage a carpet. The support screws also go through the carpet, so there is no need for the carpet to be lifted and refitted.
The support screws have a small diameter so should not leave large, visible holes, though there may be some indentation from the weight, or the carpet beneath the supports may be a different colour if it has faded elsewhere.
Please note that if a carpet is not in good condition, stray threads and pile may be an obstruction hazard to the track.
Will a stairlift damage my stairs?
With very few screws attaching the stairlift to the stairs, as long as it has been installed by experts like Handicare, there should be no impact on the structural integrity of your stairs. With indoor stairlifts, where the brackets have been attached to carpet or wooden tread, there will be a few very small holes that will need minimal attention.
For outdoor stairlifts that have been drilled into stone or tile, there will be more obvious signs that a stairlift has been installed. People may wish to fill these.
Can a stairlift be installed on any stairs?
There are lots of different stairlifts available on the market - some are designed to fit unusually shaped stairs, such as a curved stairlift, while others are aimed at more traditional staircases, like a straight stairlift.
For people who are unsure that a stairlift will fit their stairs, an advisor would be more than happy to arrange a home visit and advise on the appropriate model for their stairs.
How long does it take to install a stairlift?
When a professional installs the stairlift of your choice, it is a relatively quick procedure that should take around four hours. This would include teaching the user how to properly use, clean and maintain the equipment.
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