What is a lift?
In some places in the world, the words elevator and lift are used interchangeably and refer to what we call an elevator. But here in the US, elevators and lifts are actually quite different. A lift is typically an open cab and does not require as much equipment. They are typically seen in smaller or residential spaces, and there are different types.
Types of Lifts
- Stairlift: A stairlift is exactly what it sounds like, a lift that makes stairs accessible to everyone. It’s typically a motorized seat that travels up and down a staircase on a track or rail. It is powered by electricity and can be operated by the person from the chair. A stair lift can typically be added to any staircase, whether curved or straight. It is a great option for added accessibility without having to change the existing layout of your house.
- Vertical Platform Lift: A vertical platform lift looks more like an elevator but still has an open cab. These are often seen outside, often to enable someone in a wheelchair to easily go from the ground level to an upper deck level entry into a home, although they can also be installed inside. They have a platform, a lift tower, and controls. They only require about a 6 feet square area of space and can often make more than just one stop. This type of lift is better for someone who is less mobile.
Lifts automatically make your home or space more accessible for everyone. Most of the time, you don’t have to rearrange your house to install a lift because it doesn’t require an entire shaft to be installed to allow it to run. They are less of a commitment than a full elevator, and typically are less expensive, require less space, and require fewer repairs. Adding a lift to your home can also increase your home’s value when you’re ready to sell because there are so many individuals who need their home to be accessible to those who are in a wheelchair or unable to climb stairs or a ramp.
A lift is a cost-effective option when adding accessibility to your home. For more information, contact us today at (919) 828-8184!