|A "curved" stairlift actually refers to the rail or
track that it rides on. It is a lift that can go
around turns, landings, full spirals, or
anything that isn't a straight uninterrupted
run. It is almost always the safest solution to
multi-flight stairways, and is sometimes the
only safe solution.
While many customers have large enough
landings to utilize two "straight" stairlifts
instead of a single curved-rail lift, a stairway
with spiral or "pie shaped" stairs will almost
always need a curved lift.
|TOP TURN AND PARK
|FOLDED / STORED
One of the advantages of a curved lift is that it can be custom-made to park all the way off of the stairway,
maximizing space on a narrow stairway or keeping the user further away from the stairs when they get on and
off of the lift. The standard configuration has the lift ending at the top and the user swivelling the seat, and
then folding it out of the way for those that walk the stairs and don't need disabled access.
|Curved Stairlift Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are Curved stairlifts less reliable than straight stairlifts?
A: Not if they are installed correctly. Some older models of curved stairlifts were powered by long, spring-loaded cables
that carried their power and were more apt to fail than those of straight stairlifts. All of the lifts we now install are battery
powered, and have no trailing cables. Some companies claim that curved lifts are less reliable because they either do not
offer one or are not very good at installing or measuring for them.
Q: Are Curved stairlifts more expensive than straight stairlifts?
A: Yes. Curved rail stairlifts typically at least double the price of straight stairlifts.
Q: How do you measure so accurately for a large custom-made stairway?
A: We use a digital survey system to measure our curved stairway lifts. We barely have to take out a tape measure and
can make all the measurements in a fraction of the time it takes to measure manually. Our manufacturers guarantee a
perfect fit because we use their system. Additionally, this cuts back manufacturing time significantly.
Q: Will I have to modify my stairs or reinforce the walls?
A: Almost never. The rails attach to the stair treads, not the walls. Occasionally we have to move a hand-rail.
Q: Do I have to hire an electrician to run power?
A: Rarely. Our lifts are battery powered. The rail has a built-in charging system that can usually plug into a nearby
Q: Where are your curved stairlifts made?
A: We mainly sell 2 models. Bruno is an American stairlift company. Hawle is a German company and has manufacturing
plants across Europe.
Q: Does anyone make a curved rail outdoor lift?
A: Yes. 3 that we know of and we sell all of them.
Q: Who does your installations, and who do I call for repair/service?
A: We do all of our installations and repair/service. We take pride in what we do and have more than 46 combined years
of experience on our sides. Our excellent customer service is what sets us apart from the competition.
Q: What do you call these things? Stairlift, stair-lift, or what?
A: Good question. We have our customers refer to them as stair lifts, stairway chair lifts, stair-chairs, stair-glides, stair
elevators, wecolators, and the list goes on. We generally refer to them as stairlifts, one word.