The first consideration is whether the stairway is a straight or curved stairway eg are there landings and or curves in the stairway? If it is a straight flight of stairs then a straight stairlift will work beautifully and luckily for you is generally the least expensive option. Some of our models will fit a staircase as narrow as 600mm with a gradient from 28 to 53 degrees depending on the model. An ‘Obligation Free’ site visit by a company representative is desirable, to inspect the premises and take measurements as well as discuss with you the best ‘fit’ for your stairs and budget.
A straight stairlift is less expensive than a curved rail which has to be custom made to fit a specific staircase. Sometimes if there are several flights of straight stairs, you may consider installing two straight stairlifts with a short walk on the landing between each one. This may be a more economical solution for you. Once again it is best to have your property inspected by a company representative to ensure the best proposal is identified.
Generally the ideal solution for a curved stairway is to fit a curved stairlift. This will provide you with one seamless curved rail, custom made to fit the stairway with one chair travelling up and down. This will provide the most aesthetically pleasing outcome as well as the best outcome for the user As the track has to be measured precisely and custom made for a particular stairway it is more costly, with time from onsite survey to installation being about one month. A member of our team will visit your property and carry out a survey, whereby aspects of the staircase are individually measured and photographed to ensure an accurate fit.