What To Look For In A Stair Lift

by | Sep 17, 2012 | Health

If you have decided to install a stair lift in Brooklyn, NY, then you may be wondering where to start and what you should be looking for. The first thing to remember is, although it may seem like you are taking a step backwards in deciding to use a stair lift instead of climbing the stairs under your own power, this is not the case. We can’t fly without planes, travel at 60 mph without cars, or climb stairs safely and effortlessly after a certain age. There’s no lack of dignity in that. So you don’t really have to settle for anything. You should expect that the stair lift in Brooklyn, NY will be a boon to your lifestyle, and it won’t significantly affect the look of your home.

You may have seen a movie with an old-style chairlift, with a mechanism that has as many mechanics as a ski lift (and would be just as out of place in a home) and making a noise like a power crane lifting a big boulder. The design for a modern stair lift in Brooklyn, NY has come a long way since then. One of the potentially most visible parts of the stair lift system is the track, which extends the length of the stairway and a little beyond at each end. Modern tracks are not much more obtrusive than molding, and sit alongside the stair pathway riding along the tops of the stairs. At only a few inches in width and height, little of the stairway real estate is taken up by the track. The track can be colored to match the carpet or the walls, whichever is most appropriate. Without the chair present, the track will rarely catch the eye of any visitors.

A modern stair lift track can accommodate multiple landings. Tracks can be customized to curve 90 degrees, 180 degrees, or whatever your stair structure requires. These tracks are a little taller than their straight counterparts, but can still be designed to be very visually unobtrusive. Some owners with curved tracks request that the endpoints be located away from the top and the bottom of the stairs, curved into a handy launching area that keeps riders away from the stair top and bottom, and allows for a handy place for the chair to sit when not in use.

The chairs themselves are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible as well. They will ride smoothly up and down the track, giving the owner a sturdy and stable ride to the top or bottom. The chair and track will give the owner exactly what he wants – an easy and dignified way to travel between floors.


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