If you are considering purchasing a Stairlifts, you have likely come across different manufacturers and a variety of types and features available for Stairlifts systems. So many options can be a little overwhelming and even stressful, especially if you are early in your search and still trying to figure out what type of Stairlifts is right for you. Or you may not be sure a Stairlifts is an appropriate solution at all due to the uniqueness of your stairs.
The good news is, there is most likely a system that will work for you even if your stairs are long, deep, or narrow. Or if your stairs curve or spiral, there are solutions for that as well.
This article will discuss the two main options for Stairlifts in your home, when one alternative is superior over the other, the installation process, and some of the features that make them unique. We’ll also share some of our straight and curved Stairlifts with you.
If you still have questions, give us a call. We’d be glad to answer any questions or help you find a dealer in your local area.
Straight Stairlifts are the most common Stairlifts and are perfect for homes with traditional stairs with an average rise and run pattern. As a result of needing less customization, straight Stairlifts are also less expensive than a curved Stairlifts.
These Stairlifts use a straight rail that moves parallel to the stairs and can be mounted on either side of the stairs. Their design is best suited for a staircase with no bends, turns, spiral landings, or irregularities.
Sounds simple enough, right?
Straight Stairlifts do not require any construction to your home and are mounted directly to your stairs (not the wall). The underside of the rail has brackets secured to the stairs, and the footrest and seat are mounted on the outside chassis, which slides on the rail.
The installation of a straight Stairlifts adds great accessibility without being invasive in your home. In most cases, an indoor straight lift can be installed by a professional in only two to three hours.
Straight Stairlifts are great solutions for most people, but what do you do when you can’t use a straight Stairlifts?
Curved Stairlifts are better solutions for homes that contain stairs that change directions, curve, or have transitional landings. They are also great for homes with multiple floors. For instance, if you have a downstairs basement and an upper level.
Curved Stairlifts are custom built and unique to your home. As a result of the custom configuration, curved Stairlifts are usually more expensive than straight Stairlifts.
Although curved Stairlifts are more complex than your standard straight lift, installation is still easy and will generally take two professional installers about 3 hours to fully install. However, the installation time is dependent on the complexity of your configuration. Like straight Stairlifts, supports are mounted to the stairs that safely and securely support the rails.
Now that you know the basics of straight and curved Stairlifts let’s look at some of our most popular models.
Pinnacle Premium Stairlifts
The Pinnacle SL600 has earned its name and reputation for standing above the rest. Design, Form and Function come together to make Pinnacle the most reliable, durable, and sought-after Stairlifts on the market.
The SL600 is the narrowest stairlift in the industry when folded completely. This eliminates trip hazards in the lower landing area, making your home and usage of the lift more safe. Learn more about the Pinnacle SL600.
Another great straight Stairlifts option for homes is the The Pinnacle SL300. The Pinnacle SL300 Stairlifts is competitively priced with plenty of value. Very compact, it runs smoothly and requires little to no maintenance.
Similar to the SL600, the SL300 uses the patented helical worm gear drive system for extremely smooth and quiet ride and folds up to to 11″, just a half inch more than the SL600 industry leading 10.5″. Learn more about the Pinnacle SL300.
Helix Curved Stairlifts
Our Helix Curved Stairlifts is one of a kind and are custom designed to fit your needs, staircase, and decor. The Helix is the perfect lift for stairways with multiple landings or 90 or 180 degree turns. Some of the standout features include:
- Extremely quiet, smooth ride
- True-Curve rail with advanced bending technology creates smoother turns
- Supportive, ergonomic seating
- Simple-connect rails and lighter chassis for easy installation
Choosing the Best Stairlift
Whether you choose a straight stairlift or a curved stairlift, be sure to always wear your seat belt and keep up with the maintenance for your Stairlifts. For a complete line of lifts, contact Harmar today. Our dedicated customer service representatives are committed to your safety and strive to help you find the best stairlift for your home.