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5 Tips for Choosing a Wheelchair Lift

1. When to choose an inclined platform lift or a vertical platform lift?

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.

Wheelchair Lift | Vertical Inclined | Silvercross

2. Can I install a home wheelchair lift in a public building?

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. Can I install a wheelchair lift 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. What preparation is needed for a wheelchair lift installation?

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. What is a good brand of wheelchair lifts?

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.

Platform lift demo in store to help with choosing a wheelchair lift
This vertical platform lift being demonstrated in a showroom has an automatic access ramp.

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