Preparing For Stair Lift Installations


All of the weight from a stair lift is pressing down. That makes the step the most logical place to mount the lift. The step absorbs the weight as it was designed to do. Adjustable height brackets are used to mount the track to the step. This allows the track to be mounted evenly down the stairs even they're not perfectly straight and square, which is usually the case. Holes must be drilled into the step, with a typical installation requiring up to 16 holes for four brackets on each side. If you have carpet, the screws will have to go through the carpet. If the carpet is Berber or a similar type, the installer should trim the strands as the screws are inserted to prevent pulls and damage to the flooring.

The track will extend beyond the bottom step to the floor. If the stairway ends in a room or open area, consider that the track may present a tripping hazard. Ask our specialist to explain the merits of a folding track at the bottom. The same thing applies at the top of the stairs.

Do you have a door at the immediate top or bottom of the stairs? If so, you must carefully measure the distance between the door and the edge of the landing at the top or last step at the bottom. You need to ask yourself whether you plan to heat or cool the area below or above the stair lift at all times. If you want to control the heating and cooling, you will have to plan to keep the door closed, so removing the door will not be desirable.

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