How to Install A Lift?

Jun 15, 2017 | General, Home Lift, Inclined Platform Lift, Stairlift | 0 comments

How a lift is installed depends on the type of lift you need, the space available and the options you need, but generically and briefly, there are three main types of lifts this article will cover:

Stairlift Installation

Installation of a stairlift begins with installing the rails. The rail systems are compact and modular, and with our experienced professionals, installation of the rails should go fast, requiring only a few hours usually. The rails are bolted to the stair steps and floor, near the wall of the staircase, for strength. The rails never bolt to the walls.

The rails have sections that slide together and then heavy-duty fasteners are installed that hold the rail sections together as a single, strong unit. There are also curved sections added when the rails need to wind around a curved staircase.

On a curved staircase, the top and bottom section are special in that those sections contain the charging contacts for the stairlift’s batteries and connect to any nearby electrical outlet. Stannah lifts use normal residential 13 amp electrical power to keep the batteries charged.

Once the rails are installed, the drive unit that contains the motor that powers the stairlift is slipped into place on the rails. There are stoppers at the top and bottom that will not allow the stairlift to go further than the ends of the rails.

After the drive unit is mounted, the rest of the stairlift attaches to that, using a strong, heavy-duty frame. The chair, arms, footrest, pivot bars, back, controls, batteries and any options you need are then installed. This work all goes pretty quickly.

After that, everything is tested to make sure it is working properly. Then the installers check to make sure you are pleased.

If so, they clean up the area, returning it to the same tidy state as before they arrived, and leave you with your new stairlift.

Inclined Platform Lift Installation

There is virtually no difference in the process of installing an inclined platform lift or a stairlift. Obviously, the inclined platform lift may require more space, but CS Access offers the Slim model that can address most space concerns.

The rail installation and power supply works the same way as what was previously discussed with the stairlifts. After the rails are up and the drive unit is installed on the rails, instead of mounting a chair, footrests and armrests, a folding platform that can support a wheelchair and its occupant is then installed. Also, a system of safety rails that lower into place around the wheelchair and other safety features to keep the wheelchair from rolling during transit are also installed.

Other than those few differences, it’s much the same process. Then, after the work is complete and the tests are done, the installers will tidy up and leave you with your brand new inclined platform lift.

Home Lift Installation

The installation of a residential elevator or home lift is completely different from that of the stairlifts and the inclined platform lifts.

You will still get the site survey, but as the lift is not dependent on any staircases, there will be no rail system to install on the stairs.

Instead, a system of vertical freestanding beams or rails will be installed that will fully support the weight of the elevator. This is nice, since no dedicated lift shaft or elevator machine room will be needed, minimizing the modifications required to your home.

It is sometimes possible to install the elevator in the empty space of a curving staircase without modifying the stairs at all. Other times, you may want to have the elevator installed in another location, to run between two floors, up through the second floor.

While our elevators are designed to reduce needed modifications to your home, there will have to be a hole created through the upper floor to allow the elevator to go up through it. The two beams that support the elevator go up through that space, and are then secured to the lower and upper floor.

Now that you have a hole in your top floor, it is necessary to install a safety plate that lowers into place whenever the lift has descended to the lower floor. This automatically covers the empty space so that no one can accidentally step in a hole. The safety plate can even be covered to match your floor’s appearance.

The home lift design uses a normal wall electrical outlet for power with the same 13 amp demands as any other home appliance. Thus, no special electrical wiring or outlets need to be installed other than a normal 13 amp power socket.

The drive unit that lifts and lowers the elevator is in the top of the lift and its cable attaches to a support at the top of the two beams mentioned earlier. So, once the lift is positioned on its track, between the two beams, it can now operate. The entire installation can be finished in as little as a couple of days.

Those are the broad strokes involved with installing a home lift.  As mentioned before, once your lift is fully installed, inspected and tested, your installers will clean up and leave you to enjoy the use of your new home lift.

Easy To Get Your Lift Installed

With the ease and simplicity in installation a stairlift, inclined platform lift or a home lift, getting the one you need for your home is a breeze. So, contact us today to arrange for a free site visit and to learn more about the lift options available.

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