Stayhome – a Stairlift for Virtually all Situations
Do I need a curved stairlift or straight?
A curved stairlift can travel around corners and so is suitable for a turned or even spiral staircase. Using a curved rail system, the stairlift can travel around bends on the stairs and can be made to run onto a landing, making it ideal in houses that have several storeys. A bend in the rail defines the need for a curved lift. Clearly, staircases with turns require a curved lift but also straight staircases with a half landing also require a curved lift as the rail requires to bend when meeting the half landing.
Tracks can made to suit any stair layout, including quarter landing, fan, half landing and spiral, and can take users securely and safely up many flights of stairs, if required, with no pause between flights.
Which side of the stairs?
A curved track can be fitted on either side of the stairs subject to obstructions at the top or bottom; the layout of the staircase will determine which side is the most suitable although most run on rails on the wall side of the stairs. Tracks can made to suit any stair layout, including quarter landing, fan, half landing and spiral, and can take users securely and safely up many flights of stairs, if required, with no pause between flights.
How does a curved stairlift work?
Due to variations in shape and size, the rail for curved stairlifts is usually drawn by a technical surveyor and made to measure in a factory before installation and requires customisation to ensure a perfect fit and smooth ride. They can be designed to run on the most complex of staircases. The speed at which a stairlift travels is governed by British Safety Standards, which rules that they need to move no faster than a gentle, walking pace and have a smooth start and stop mechanism. Safety is a paramount consideration, and there will be automatic cut-out mechanisms to ensure that the lift will not operate unless the user is securely strapped in, and there are no obstacles in the way. The lift can be controlled by the user, and summoned to the top or bottom of the rails, using a remote control handset. A curved stairlift will include a self-levelling mechanism, to balance the chair as it travels around any turns or twists and slow it down to reduce wear and tear. Curved stairlifts h ged on charging strips at the top and bottom of the rail. The battery will run for several journeys in the event of a power cut.
Start and Finish:
A curved stairlift can begin with:
- Be open seven days a week 9am – 9pm
- Give you simple, open and honest advice
- Not pester you with unwanted calls
- Recommend the best stairlift for your needs
- Give prices over the telephone so you know what to expect without a survey
Costs of curved stairlifts
The costs of customisation and fitting make curved staircases more expensive than straight ones. More technical work is required, and the more curves in the staircase, the more costly it will be. If a house has an in-line or flat-bend intermediate landing, it may be more cost-effective and simple to install two straight stairlifts rather than a curved one – the user would need to be able to get from one lift to the other, which is not always possible. We are able to offer an initial quote either by telephone or to arrange a free survey for you depending on your preference.