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Stairlift Options Explained

Once you have decided whether a straight, curved or outdoor stairlift is suitable for you, there will also be a number of options to consider. These will include decisions such as whether to invest in a brand-new stairlift or one which has been fully factory refurbished, as well as choosing which added extras you may wish to include. These considerations can make a difference to the stairlift price.

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Stairlift Options Explained

Once you have decided whether a straight, curved or outdoor stairlift is suitable for you, there will also be a number of options to consider. These will include decisions such as whether to invest in a brand-new stairlift or one which has been fully factory refurbished, as well as choosing which added extras you may wish to include. These considerations can make a difference to the stairlift price.

New vs refurbished stairlifts

Dependent on your budget, you may wish to consider a refurbished stairlift, which has been restored to the same exacting standards and still often comes with a 2-year full parts and labour warranty. Here are some points to consider when investing in a new or reconditioned stairlift for your home, such as stairlift costs and the reliability of second-hand stairlifts.

New stairlifts

  • Provided directly from the manufacturer
  • Stairlift parts are still stocked
  • More powered options available
  • Can provide added peace of mind
  • Higher stairlift prices
  • May have initial teething problems

Reconditioned stairlifts

  • Installation for refurbished curved stairlifts can be quicker
  • Probability of teething problems reduced
  • Lower stairlift cost
  • Possibility of less warranty
  • Parts may no longer be produced
  • May not last as long as a new stairlift
  • For more specialist options, such as refurbished bespoke stairlifts or reconditioned perch stairlifts, there may be less choice
  • Refurbished outdoor stairlifts are possible as they are designed to withstand various weathers and temperatures

Tracks

Stairlifts use tracks to get up and down the stairs, with both hinge tracks and slide tracks available. Hinged tracks allow for the stairlift to be folded away, which is useful when there is a doorway close to the bottom of the stairs, in order to give clear access. Alternatively, there are also slide tracks, a ground-breaking solution where the track is able to move at the same time as the seat, leaving the doorway unobstructed.

Second-hand stairlift tracks can be used if you have opted for a reconditioned straight stairlift; however you may have to invest in a new stairlift track for curved staircases. Tracks are also available in a variety of colours such as white, bronze or cream, which can be useful if you want it to blend in with the décor of your home.

Stairlift seats

While seated stairlifts are most common, there are also perched and standing models available, which can be useful for those who find bending their knees difficult. Stairlift seats usually swivel at 45° or 90° angles when arriving at the top or bottom of the staircase, although this can be assisted with a powered option for those who may struggle with the former. Similarly to tracks, stairlift seats are also available in a wide range of colours in order to match the decoration of your hallway or landing, although this may mean that the prices of stairlifts may vary.

Stairlift footplates

Most stairlifts are fitted with a regular footplate, although it may be necessary to have one that is reduced depending on your staircase. It is also possible to have an enlarged stairlift footplate if required. Footplates can usually be folded away, with some stairlifts including a function to power both the seat and footplate to fold simultaneously after using.

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