My name is John Lyons and I’ve been supplying and installing quality stairlifts since 2005. There are a lot of misperceptions out there when it comes to installing a new stairlift so this blog highlights the most common fears and myths that people have.
1 : Stairlifts can leave you stranded half way up the stairs in a power cut
This will never happen. Stairlifts are DC battery powered. They simply plug into a socket in your home to re-charge. If there is a power outage, stairlift batteries have enough stored battery power for multiple trips up and down your stairs so you will never be left stranded halfway up the stairs in a power cut.
2 : A stairlift won’t fit my stairs
There is a stair lift to fit every stairs no matter how big or small, wide or narrow. There are basically two types, namely straight and curved stairlifts. If you have a single flight of stairs, you need a straight stairlift. If you have a bend or turn, you’ll need a curved stairlift.
3 : All stairlifts are identical
Every stairlift is different and there is a huge range when it comes to quality. If you need a stairlift for a short period of time, budget stairlifts are good value for money, with a 12-month guarantee. Middle of the range stairlifts come with a 2-year guarantee. For those who need a more permanent solution in their home, high-quality stairlifts last up to 10 years and come with a 3 years guarantee as standard.
4 : My walls are not strong enough to take a stairlift
The track that a stairlift uses is bolted down to the steps of your stairs, not to your wall. The track is fixed to the stair treads every two or three steps so that when the stairlift is moving along the track, all the weight is sent downwards onto your stairs.
5 : If something is left on the stairs, the stairlift will crash into it
Crashing into something unexpected like a pet or small child is a major concern to people. Stairlifts are fitted with safety sensors which are pressure sensitive and fitted to areas of the stairlift which are most likely to come in to contact with unexpected obstructions. Once activated, the stairlift will automatically stop. This ensures that you and your pet are always completely safe.
6 : Stairlifts are very expensive
The price of a stairlift depends on 3 things. Firstly, the quality of stairlift chosen, secondly the options needed by the customer and thirdly the shape of your stairs. As a guide, straight stairlifts range in price from €1,500 to €2,500. Curved stairlifts range in price from €5,000 to €6,500. When compared to the cost of refurbishing your home to make it level access, it is not that expensive. Also compared to the costs involved when someone falls down the stairs and gets injured, it is not that expensive. There is also a variety of grants available.
7 : Stairlifts are for the elderly
This is not true. Everyone from time to time will struggle going up and down stairs from young people who’ve suffered sports injuries to those who have arthritis, joint pain or back pain. Pain doesn’t discriminate. It affects everyone. Irrespective of your age, a stairlift will get you up and down your stairs, pain-free.
8 : I’m too heavy/ tall/ small for a stairlift
Heavy duty stairlifts can easily carry up to 25 stone weight. If you’re very tall, the stairlift seat can be positioned back from the rail. If you are very small, there are seat configurations that can be used to make the stairlift more comfortable. Your stairlift will be designed exactly to your size and measurements so that it suits your needs.
9 : A stair lift will get in the way when not in use
Stairlifts are normally sent back upstairs when not in use. When needed they can be called back down using hand-held remote controls so that they are not in the way during the day. Stairlifts can also be parked by extending the rail of the stairs so that the chair is parked away from the stairs. A power hinged rail option is also available which can fold the rail back onto itself at the bottom of a stairs near a doorway.
10 : The stair lift installation is a lot of work
Fitting a stairlift is very easy and straight forward. Straight stairlifts can be fitted in half a day while curved stairlifts take up to one day. There is very little mess and inconvenience to the customer. In general, the thoughts of the job are the worst.
John Lyons is the Manager of Cork Stairlifts and has been installing quality stairlifts since 2005. For further information please contact Cork Stairlifts on (021) 432 0052 or visit their website www.corkstairlifts.ie. Alternatively or you can email [email protected] or phone John directly on (086) 395 1196.