Category "Home Accessibility"

23Mar

Why wheelchair lifts are important

by Andrew @ Uppercut

For most people, going up and down stairs or simply getting into your home is easy, but what if you are having difficulty with these tasks due to a mobility issue or are confined to a wheelchair? Wheelchair lifts are a great solution for both your residence and business, that allow you to make your public or private space easier to maneuver. These lifts are vital in helping people with disabilities get around. Before going into detail about their importance, let’s answer some questions.

What is a wheelchair lift?

A vertical or inclined platform that carries a person and their wheelchair to where they need to be.

What types of wheelchair lifts are there?

  • Vertical Platform Lifts: Transports the person and their wheelchair in an up and down motion – ideal when the vertical travel is less than 14
  • Inclined Platform Lifts: Transports the person and their wheelchair at an angle along the path of the staircase – perfect when there is no space for a vertical lift
  • Portable track products: Lifts the person and their wheelchair upstairs using a device not installed in the stairway – Great when there are multiple barriers or for organizations that require sporadic access

Now, why are wheelchair lifts, also known as accessibility lifts or handicap lifts, extremely important?

Great for Business

When you operate a business in Calgary or Edmonton, you might be searching “accessibility lifts Calgary” or “accessibility lifts Edmonton” to discover the different options available to make your business accessibility friendly. Why is having a wheelchair lift a good idea? Having a wheelchair lift at your business will help make it possible for anyone to come to your office by providing an easy way to ascend higher levels in your building. Providing the opportunity to those that would otherwise be unable to climb the stairs gives you the chance for more business.

Having an accessibility lift reflects well on your business. When you offer safe and comfortable access to everyone, including those with disabilities it shows you care.

Great for Homeowners

If you or someone you know has a disability try searching for “accessibility lifts Calgary” or “accessibility lifts Edmonton” to view the options available to you. An accessibility lift can be added to your home to make climbing the stairs a breeze, especially after an injury or if you are currently using a wheelchair. Don’t worry about installing an accessibility lift as there are professional service providers who will assess your home and offer you the best solution for your situation.

Living on your own and having a disability can be tricky but with a wheelchair lift, life is easier. You don’t have to rely on anyone to get you up and down your stairs. You can be self-reliant with the simple use of a wheelchair lift.

A home with a wheelchair lift = made for you.

Are you worried about running into obstacles that may get in the way of your accessibility lift? Not to fear as wheelchair lifts have several safety sensors to stop the lift if something is in your way. There are also emergency stop buttons, so you are always in control of your device!

8Mar

How to choose the right elevator for your home

by Andrew @ Uppercut

Installing a residential elevator is not a one-size-fits-all approach. There are certain things to consider when choosing an elevator, which we list below. As a company that specializes in elevators and lifts for homes, we work closely with each of our clients to ensure that the elevator they choose will provide them with years of service. If you’re in search of a residential elevator, these helpful tips will guide you in the right direction.

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Lifts for home

1. Consider your space

The first step in choosing the right elevator for your home is to take note of your home’s layout. Consider where you would prefer the elevator to be installed and where you will enter and exit the elevator.

You need the elevator to be convenient while having enough space to house the drive equipment. Keep in mind, there are also new elevator designs that don’t require a machine room. A common choice for homeowners to install a home elevator is near the stairs because of the reinforced structure and additional free space.

In new home builds, homeowners can choose virtually any area to install an elevator. With existing homes, retrofitting a residential elevator can come with some foundational and space constraints. In any case, we will help you find a solution.

2. Choose a style that matches your home’s aesthetics

While elevators are designed to safely and reliably transport you to different floors of your home, they are also a significant piece of equipment. Today’s elevator designs can blend seamlessly with the interior design of your home. Take a look at our list of residential elevators to get some inspiration and help you envision what one might look like in your home.

3. Ask about maintenance plans

The total cost of ownership includes the maintenance of your residential elevator over its entire lifecycle. Modern elevators are reliable, easy to use, and require little maintenance. However, like any machine, your residential elevator will require maintenance over time.

When speaking to our sales team about your home elevator, we’ll answer your inquiries about service plans and warranty that are included with your unit.

5Jul

Your Local Stairlift Supplier

by Andrew @ Uppercut

Residential Stairlift Supplier

Residential Stairlifts

A residential stair lift is an economical way to remain in your home if mobility is becoming an issue. In Calgary and Edmonton, standard straight run stairlifts are typically stock items that can be installed in your home within 3 days of committing to the purchase.

Curved stair lifts, however, can take anywhere from 8-12 weeks to manufacturer as they are custom built to match your stairs exactly. Remote installations throughout the province of Alberta sometimes require greater coordination and lead times.

 

 

Stair Lifts Have Many Names

Stair lifts are sometimes referred to as chair lifts, stair chairs, or stair elevators, but they all fundamentally work the same way.Your lift will need to have a rail with a rack secured to the stairs, which allows the stairlift to ride up and down. This system is called a rack and pinion drive.

When installing a stairlift, a technician will have to mount several brackets to your stair treads to support the stair lift rail. These brackets are screwed down with 3/8” lag bolts through the carpet, tile or hardwood floor.

The rail runs the length of the stairway and typically takes up about 5 inches of your stairs. When the stairlift is folded up it usually will take up about 14 inches of the staircase.

Remote Control Stairlifts

Your stair lift will come with two remote controls that allow you to call or send the lift to the top or bottom landing. This is a nice feature as it allows the stairlift to have multiple users. These remotes can also be utilized to store the lift away from points on congestion.

What If The Power Goes Out?

A common question we get is “what if the power goes out, will my stair chair still operate?”. The answer is yes; a stairchair purchased from Uppercut Elevators and Lifts will operate utilizing a sophisticated battery system. The stairlift will automatically receive a charge when not in use. The charger then senses when the batteries are fully charged and turns itself off.

A stair-lift charger typically draws only about 3 amps, so the power consumption is minimal. This “trickle charger” plugs into a standard household outlet and is required to be within 10 feet from your stairlift rail. The plug can be at the top or bottom of the stairs.

Stairlift Service

Once you have your stair lift installed you want to be assured that should you need service, a technician is available. Since Uppercut Elevators and Lifts has offices in both Calgary and Edmonton you can have the peace of mind to know that service for your stairlift is only a call away. We suggest clients google “ stair lift reviews “ to find out what products are supported in the area where you live.

What Brand Do We Use?

Although we have access to several stair lift products, our Calgary and Edmonton offices stock and supply Bruno stair lifts as we feel they are the most reliable, cost-effective and have stood the test of time. I have personally been dealing with Bruno Stairlifts for close to 20 years and find them to be an excellent stair lift supplier to deal with. We offer free in-home consultations to ensure you get the correct product for your unique situation.

 

More information on Stairlifts can be found here.

 

19Mar

Your Experienced Elevator and Lift Supplier

by Andrew @ Uppercut
  • Residential Elevator Services

In my twenty years of experience in the elevator and lift industry, I have seen many companies come and go.

I have seen countless failed products hit the market and unfortunately, I have seen numerous clients hand over their money and not have their expectations met.
When making a big ticket purchase such as an elevator or a lift it is important for potential clients to do their homework. Clients should look past flashy marketing material and ask hard hitting questions of their sales person.  The following is a list of questions that we believe your Elevator or lift supplier should have no issues answering.

  • How long has the distributer been in business; will they be around years from now should you need support?
  • How long has the product they represent been manufactured; will parts be available in the future?
  • Are there multiple  installations available for viewing?
  • Do they conduct their own installations or is this outsourced?
  • Do they make over the top claims such as offering warranty periods that far exceed their experience in the trade?
  • Can they provide testimonials  from real people who have had their product installed past the warranty period?
  • Who services the product if there is an issue, and can they be reached after regular business hours?

As I stated, my experience spans 20 years and I have been at the helm of Uppercut since 2013. The home elevator and commercial accessibility lift products we represent – RAM, Bruno, and Wessex – have all been manufactured for well over 25 years. We have many satisfied clients throughout the province who are happy to share their experience with you.

We do not outsource our installations or service work, and are available when you need us. 9:00 am to 5:00pm doesn’t cut it in our business. Uppercut Elevators and our suppliers have stood the test of time and have a proven track record for providing exceptional customer service throughout the province of Alberta. Our products can be found in every major center including: Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray. Our installations include not only private homes, but places of worship, community centers, schools, retail spaces, office and professional buildings.

Call or e-mail us today and ask about our client testimonials.


After all the proof is in the pudding; if your elevator and lift supplier can’t show you a happy customer, how do you know one exists?

13Jan

Calgary Renovation Show

by Andrew @ Uppercut

We are pleased to announce that we will be attending the Calgary  Renovation Show this weekend. We will be right by the front entrance in booth number 149, so come on by and find out how you can make your home accessible. We have a wide variety of accessibility solutions that include everything from stair lifts to home  elevators.

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The show dates are:

Friday January 13th – noon – 9pm

Saturday January 14th 10am-9pm

Sunday January 15th 10am -6pm

The show is down at the BMO Center and we have a few pairs of tickets to give away. If you would like free tickets please email Andrew to get the details

 

 

 

29Apr

Uppercut partners with Hearts & Hammers to create an accessible home

by Andrew @ Uppercut
Community Home Accessibility

Accessible Home Solutions

Some days are problematic and quite frankly can be  difficult,  but not yesterday – yesterday was a joy. We were fortunate to be able to team up with the good folks at Hearts & Hammers to make a home wheelchair accessible for a Calgary family. Our scope of work was relatively simple, as we were asked to  provide a porch lift to gain access to the home. This basic porch lift installation was completed in about an hour, but this in no way depicts the effort and time put in by the Hearts & Hammers construction crew. Weeks before, this dedicated group of contractors did some pretty extraordinary modifications to the home.  They  completed a bathroom renovation  to make the space wheelchair accessible, replaced the carpet with laminate flooring, and widened several doorways. They also did all the site preparation to accommodate  the new RAM  Trus-T-Lift™ we installed

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If you would like more information on Hearts & Hammers or would like to make a donation please visit their website

5Apr

Elevator and Lift Servicing for Calgary, Edmonton and all of Alberta

by Andrew @ Uppercut

At Uppercut Elevators and Lifts, we take pride in servicing everything we sell. We believe the relationships we develop with our clients is ongoing, and shouldn’t end after the salesperson gets your name on the contract. We stand behind our products and won’t give you the run around when you need your elevator or lift servicing or repairing. We work in both a commercial and residential environment and are dedicated to getting your device up and running as soon as possible.

20160224_114223At Uppercut Elevators and Lifts  we:

  • Use experienced factory trained technicians
  • Have offices and staff in both Edmonton and Calgary
  • Sell elevators  manufactured in Alberta, so parts are readily available and delivered quickly
  • Offer 24 hour Emergency service
  • Specialize in RAM and Bruno products.  We don’t try to be all thing to all people , and believe you do one thing and do it right!
  • Focus on dealing with residential elevators/lifts and commercial accessibility lifts

When you consider purchasing an elevator or accessibility lift  make sure you  ask about your providers’ after sales service. Enquire as to where their devices come from, and typically how long it takes to get a part. Ask if they offer after hours service, and find out what their core business is.

If your home elevator or wheelchair lift needs service please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.

Outdoor Porch Lifts for Private and Public Applications

by Andrew @ Uppercut
Commercial Accessibility Home Accessibility

The number one question we get when discussing an exterior lift is “how well does it work in the winter?”.  Although we have been fortunate in Alberta so far this year , we know all too well that freezing temperatures are never too far off the horizon.  So the question regarding cold weather operation is very valid.

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Our preferred lift for exterior installations is the RAM Trus-T-Lift™.  We recommend this wheelchair lift for both residential and commercial applications for the following reasons:

Drive Mechanism

The TrusT utilizes a reliable ACME screw drive. Unlike hydraulic drives, there is no hydraulic fluid to thicken when the temperature gets cold.

Finish

Some outdoor porch lifts are simply painted, but  all Trus-T-Lift™s are finished with a durable powder coating that ensures the finish will stand up to the elements

Zero Load Start

This is a feature that is unique to the Trus-T-Lift™ that allows the motor to run prior to picking up the user. This feature minimizes the strain on the device giving the motor a chance to “warm up” and therefore it doesn’t experience the stress of start- up while under load.  The result is fewer problems with breakers or fuses blowing under extreme conditions.

 

Simplicity

Keeping things simple has allowed this wheelchair lift to be a reliable accessibility solution when the temperatures drop. There are no hoses, valves, PC boards, pumps, or complex reslifts_5controllers associated with this drive .

Made in Alberta

Beyond any pride you may experience from buying local, it’s good to know that your outdoor lift is made for people, by people who live in the same environment as you. The Trus-T-Lift™ has been manufactured for close to 30 years in Edmonton, where they know a thing or two about winter conditions.

 

If you have more questions regarding exterior porch lifts contact us or click here for more information

 

 

19Dec

No hoistway necessary for this residential lift!

by Andrew @ Uppercut
VE Build Work 3 Upper floor lift downstairs 2 Wessex going through floor Wessex at bottom wessex at the top

Wessex at bottomSometimes when we look at an application for  an accessibility lift, there simply isn’t enough space. In other instances we have the ideal space but the desired location will not allow for the hoistway and  corresponding load bearing wall.  I recently ran into this situation for one of our clients. No matter where we looked we couldn’t find both space and have the design be aesthetically pleasing. After exploring all the traditional elevator and lift systems I remembered seeing a “no hoistway” lift at the national elevator show in Boston last September. I had ridden in their working display model and recalled the smooth ride, and how compact,  and appealing it looked. This design abled us to place the lift exactly where the client wanted, without being an eyesore in their living room. The system works by  dropping a piece of the floor in place when the lift travels to the lower level. There are pressure sensitive plates on both the top and bottom of the lift to ensure that no one is in danger when the device is in use. The major benefit for this client was when the device was not being used he could send it to the basement and maintain the sight lines through his living room.

For more information or a brochure on this residential lift please click here

If you would like information on residential elevators please click here