We offer both indoor and outdoor lifts and we can help you choose the lift that will best fit your home and your needs. Call (850) 256-2400 for more information or no-cost, no-obligation visit to your home or office. We would be happy to recommend the right model for you and provide a complete price quote including installation.
A stair lift is a mechanical device for lifting people and wheelchairs up and down stairs. For sufficiently wide stairs, a rail is mounted to the treads of the stairs. A chair or lifting platform is attached to the rail. A person on the chair or platform is lifted as the chair or platform moves along the rail.
Stair lifts are known variously as stairlifts, stair-lifts, chair lifts, stair gliders, stair chairs and by other names. Modern stair lifts can be found with a wide variety of features such as adjustable seat height, battery isolation switches, call stations, ‘flip-up’ rail, key switch, folding step, speed governor, seatbelt, soft start and soft stop.
Straight Rail Stair Lift
These are the most common type of stair lifts used in private dwellings with straight stairs and have a straight rail (track) which is fixed to the steps of the staircase. Straight stair lifts have a shorter installation and manufacturing time because it requires fewer customizations.
These are normally much more unusual and costly than those with straight rails because they have to be manufactured to suit the individual staircase (curved stairs). This sometimes involves careful measurement, design and manufacturing. The installation process usually takes longer than for a straight domestic stairlift. Some of them follow stairs´ standards.
Wheelchair Platform Stair Lifts
These come under the general definition of stair lift and are usually of much heavier construction than a domestic stair lift.
Most platform stair lifts are used in public access buildings or outside private homes.
The platform is large enough to accommodate a wheelchair and its user, and may have folding edge flaps which drop down and act as ramps to allow for variations in floor levels. These flaps also prevent the wheelchair from going over the edge of the platform.
The rails are, necessarily, of heavy construction to support the load and the drive system is usually accommodated within a tubular section rail or aluminium extrusion. Some models have steel cables inside the tube, others have chains; yet others may use a rack and pinion system.
Many wheelchair platform stair lifts are designed and built to order. Others may comprise a standard platform and carriage, with the only special requirement being the length of rails or tracks.
Some stair lift chairs can also be moved and used as indoor wheelchairs.
Outdoor stair lifts come with seats, perches, footplates or platforms. They are similar to indoor stair lifts but with improved weatherproofing.
We are proud to offer stair lifts from more than one manufacturers because this allows us to provide you with a variety of options. We have extensive experience with many different brands of lift equipment so we know which brands are better and we sell only the best.
Call (850) 256-2400 or email Dustin@panhandleelevators.com for more information.