What To Consider When Buying An Outdoor Stairlift
Outdoor stairlifts are essentially the same as indoor straight or curved stairlifts, except they are made with weather-resistant materials.
There are many benefits to installing an outdoor stairlift on your property, and it can greatly enhance the quality of life of a person with mobility issues.
In addition, an outdoor stairlift can facilitate entry to the front of a property, and it can enable a person to have access to their garden. There are very few gardens that are completely flat; the installation of an outdoor stairlift is the perfect solution for avid gardeners or for people who simply enjoy getting out of the house and into the fresh air.
However, before you buy an outdoor stairlift, there are a few things you need to take into consideration.
1. Durability Against The Weather Elements
Come rain, sleet or snow, an outdoor stairlift must be able to withstand the elements. The majority of outdoor stairlifts have been designed to work all year round and are made with more robust materials that your standard indoor stairlift. Ensure your outdoor stairlift is fitted with a waterproof cover, so it is ready to use at any time, and that is able to operate in a wide range of temperatures (typically from -10°c and +40°c).
2. Model Type
Another factor to take into consideration when buying an outdoor stairlift is finding a model that meets all of your needs.
There are lots of different types of outdoor stairlifts you can choose from, but the same principles apply for when you are choosing an indoor model.
When selecting yours, think about the actual location of the stairlift, and the shape of the stairs; are they straight or will you need a model fitted for a curved space? Also factor in if you have a single rail, a double rail or a twin rail.
3. Space Requirements
The accuracy of measurements is key to ensuring your outdoor stairlift is properly installed. Ensure a professional does your space assessment, as a qualified technician will be able to evaluate which stairlift will be best suited to your needs.
4. Additional Options
Consider additional options for your outdoor stairlift that could enhance the overall design. These extra perks could include, a harness, a folding seat, speciality colour or upholstery options or a swivel seat.
To help you make an educated decision about your, look at customer reviews.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions to help you gain a full understanding of the type of stairlift you may need and to help you assess the reliability of the different models.