Wheelchair Lift Tips
5 things to know about wheelchair lifts
1. Vertical or inclined?
Inclined platform lifts are usually installed when you cannot install a vertical lift. Overcoming stairs can only be done by traveling over them.
Vertical platform lifts require additional space to travel up and down and may require a hoist-way, a pit or concrete pad to secure the lift.
2. Home or commercial?
Anything other than a private home will require a commercial/public lift. Public lifts have different codes and requirements. Places of worship, group homes and schools require commercial lifts.
3. Inside or outside?
Vertical platform lifts are often installed outside to provide access from a driveway or ground level to a door that opens to the interior or near an interior accessible entrance. For outside use, be sure to choose a unit made to withstand harsh weather, and be sure to maintain your lift according to the owner’s guide.
4. Consider your site
Installing a wheelchair lift to access a porch from the ground level will also require a proper, safe gate at the top landing. Site preparation and finishing is a critical to a safe and long-lasting product installation. Choose a specialized and trained wheelchair lift dealer for your project.
5. Choose a reputable brand
Wheelchair lifts should comply with specific code set by industry associations, so be sure to choose a recognized brand name. Companies with a long history also make lifts for long-term durability and reliability. A product that does not work is more than just inconvenient. See the wheelchair lift comparison chart.