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Stairlift installation FAQs

February 21, 2022

Stairlift on the stairs

If you’re looking to get a stairlift installed into your home, there are a plethora of things to think about beforehand, from figuring out which model is best for you, to the optional extras you might want to have added before installation.

It is natural to have questions about the process and in this guide, you will be able to find answers for some of the most frequently asked questions to put your mind at ease before having your stairlift installed.

Stairlift Installation FAQs

  • How long will it take before my stairlift can be installed?
  • How long does it take to install a stairlift?
  • Will a stairlift damage my carpet?
  • How is a stairlift attached to the stairs?
  • Can a stairlift be installed on my stairs?

How long will it take before my stairlift can be installed?

Depending on which stairlift you choose for your home will determine how long you have to wait for it to be installed. Straight stairlifts can be delivered and installed almost straight away with a turnaround of only a few days. However, curved stairlifts can take a little longer to be delivered and installed due to their made-to-measure and custom design builds to suit your staircases measurements. The time frame for a curved stairlift is, however, still only a couple of weeks.

How long does it take to install a stairlift?

You may be surprised to hear that once your stairlift has been delivered, it only takes about 4 hours from mounting the lift to the clean-up and demonstration afterward, meaning you will be up and running in no time. If you want more exact figures for your specific stairlift then get in touch with a member of the team who will be able to advise you further.

Will a stairlift damage my carpet?

The brackets of the stairlift will hold the lift above the carpet so there shouldn’t be any damage to your carpet or flooring when using the stairlift. The support screws of the lift will go through the carpet so there is no need for the carpet to be lifted or re-fitted. The support screws are small so will only leave small holes should the lift be removed, but indentations from the weight of the lift may occur.

How is a stairlift attached to the stairs?

One of the main concerns that come with having a stairlift installed into your home is whether it is going to damage or affect the stairs and how the track will be attached. During installation, a track is attached to brackets that support the movement of the stairlifts. The brackets are attached to treads that are screwed into the stairs to keep the lift structurally sound and safe and avoid any damage to the banister or entry and exit points at the top and bottom of the stairs.

The stairlifts are also installed a few inches away from the wall to avoid any marking or scuffing of the wall or skirting. The installation location of the lift also means that people can still use the stairs freely and safely when the lift isn’t in use.

Can a stairlift be installed on my stairs?

A stairlift can be installed on pretty much all stair types, from straight stairs to curved stairs, spiral stairs and stairs that may have a landing in the middle, we can try and accommodate a lift to suit your needs. If you are unsure as to whether a stairlift will fit onto your stairs or you have any other questions regarding the process, you can make an appointment or call one of our mobility experts who will be able to tell you a bit more.

For more information on how we can assist you in your home, then make sure you head to the FAQ page where more popular questions are answered and explained.

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