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Stair Lifts

As the population gets older, stair lift chairs are becoming more and more common. The popularity of any device allows for more options for those who wish to purchase it, and today, installing a stair lift is a project that can be customized to your needs. Though there are many types, makes, and models of stair lift chairs to look at, the layout of your home, your tastes, and, of course, budget will narrow the choices, making finding the best stair lift easier.

On a straight stair, chair lifts are relatively easy to install; lift chairs for curved stairs are much more difficult, and much more expensive because the design often needs to be customized. Stair lifts are most often powered by DC power.  Being that DC powered stair lifts are considered more reliable and, ultimately, safer than their AC powered counterparts.

The operation of your lift can be run by numerous operating systems, and is another consideration that can have an effect on its price and performance. Whether it is a cable, chain, screw, and rack & pinion stair lifts…it will greatly effect price and affordability, but most modern stair lifts use the rack and pinion drive motor. The rack and pinion design enables the lift to move smoothly, which is very important to the end users. Since exposed gears can be dangerous for children, almost all lifts are designed with the gears within the lift structure.

Residential Elevators

Residential elevators definitely cost more than a stair lift, they offer several advantages that are lending to many homeowners to opt for the additional investment in the equipment.  Residential elevators can add significant resale value to your home. As a new phenomenon, residential elevators are expected to increase in popularity over the next few decades. They are not the eyesore of a lift, and use less space than a stairwell, and provide convenience for the young homeowner and mobility for the older homeowner. Several different elevator designs cater to new homes or existing homes. Cost will vary depending on size and design, but a typical elevator will cost in the neighborhood of $20,000.