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The different types of residential lifts for your home

by Andrew @ Uppercut

Stairlifts serve as an essential piece of equipment at home for those with limited mobility. It allows for easy and safe movement around a multi-level home and helps with independent living. 

Stairway lifts come in various configurations to meet the user’s needs and are intended to fit the stairway’s layout. Residential stairlifts are a cost-effective way to improve your home’s accessibility and are mandated to operate under “constant pressure”.

Types of home lift elevators explained

Types of home lift elevators explained


This article focuses on three types of stairlifts – straight, curved, and outdoor lifts. 

Straight stairlift

The most common and economical type of lift is a straight stairlift, which can be directly installed along either side of a straight staircase. One of the benefits of this type of lift is that it is generally quick and easy to install with a standardized rail that can be customized to fit any staircase. We typically have these lifts in stock and can install them within 3 days.

Users have the option of choosing manual and power upgrades for added safety and convenience. Most models can come with an optional retractable rail and power seat swivel.  To save space, the seat, footrests and armrests can be folded when not in use. 

Curved stairlift

A curved stairlift should be customized to fit specific requirements for staircases with curves, turns, immediate landings, or unique and complex designs. If your stair chair isn’t custom-built for your specific set of stairs, it may not provide the tightest possible fit.  Much like a standard straight stairlift, this option comes with easy-to-use and intuitive controls and is equipped with a foldable seat, footrest, and armrests. 

Outdoor stairlifts

Outdoor stairlifts come in both straight or curved configurations. The features of an outdoor lift that differentiates them from indoor lifts are that they are designed to handle changing weather conditions and extreme temperatures, including sleet and snow and high winds. They’re also equipped with a lock-and-key for added security and a cover to keep the equipment protected.

Consumers typically use outdoor lifts for transportation to and from a deck, a porch, a driveway, or a detached garage. Like indoor lifts, outdoor stairlifts come with a foldable seat, as well as a seat belt.


The different types of stairlifts for residential and commercial use

by Andrew @ Uppercut

Modern stairlifts are designed to be flexible, practical, and economical to provide better accessibility for people who are elderly, in a wheelchair, are injured or have conditions that limit movement. stairlifts are a vital piece of equipment that minimizes the risk of falls and injuries.

Technological advancements have allowed for greater innovation and versatile designs in stairlifts. Let’s take a closer look at some of the different types of stairlifts for residential and commercial applications.




Residential stairlifts 

Many injuries and falls happen at home, a place that is meant to be a safe haven for seniors and wheelchair users. Residential stair lifts come in various designs to accommodate each unique space, including homes with curved stairs, porches, and tight clearances.

For stairway lifts intended for indoor purposes, the X3 is an inclined platform lift with the ability to transport a wheelchair up and down a set of straight stairs—ideal for stairs about 36 “- 41” wide and at least 47” at the bottom landing. 

The Scalara SL1+ is used on straight staircases with a capacity of carrying 400lbs in residential settings or 350lbs in commercial settings. It’s designed for comfort with a strong and steady system. 

For curved stairways, the Scalara Stairlift CL2 is a custom stairlift designed to transport individuals up and down levels safely and effortlessly. This system can handle curved and spiral stairways and buildings with several flights. 

Commercial stairlifts 

Most businesses with two or more floors can benefit from installing a lift in their building for better accessibility. This is especially true for medical centres, recreational centres, hotels, and restaurants. The following models are a reliable investment for commercial applications. 

The Garaventa Xpress II can be installed into existing spaces for straight stairways. This lift can fold up and comes with the option of being mounted to a wall or with support towers. 

The Garaventa Artira utilizes a custom-built tubular rail system that can accommodate curved staircases. This allows wheelchair access for stairways with bends or plateaus.

The Garaventa Scalara is similar to a residential stairlift but is B-355 code compliant, making it acceptable for public installations. The Scalara can accommodate both straight and curving staircases.

Key takeaways

The above are just a few of the many innovative stairlift designs that meet each home and business’s needs. A quality lift fits specific standards and regulations and ensures the user’s health and safety.


Types of wheelchair accessible commercial lifts

by Andrew @ Uppercut

Commercial lifts are a cost-effective way to make any public space wheelchair accessible. These wheelchair accessibility lifts are built to the highest standard for public safety and are required to meet the Lifts for Persons with Physical Disabilities Code (B-355). All commercial lifts in Alberta are inspected under this code. There are however restrictions on how these devices may operate so it is important to understand the B-355 code

commercial lifts

These wheelchair accessibility lifts can be planned for during the design phase or incorporated into an existing building as a renovation. There is a multitude of commercial lifts available, but the type of lift will depend on the specific application. The following is a description of each type of commercial accessibility lift

Inclined platform lifts

These commercial lifts are great when space is at a premium. They fit in the stairway and require a minimal amount of construction. They offer a variety of platform sizes to accommodate a wheelchair and fold up out of the way when not in use. Garaventa Lift is a leading manufacturer of inclined platform commercial lifts and produces two products. The Xpress II for straight stairways and the Artira for curving staircases.

Unenclosed vertical platform lifts

unnamed 1This code compliant device is sometimes referred to as a commercial porch lift and is ideal for access to stages storefronts or locations where the rise is under 2500mm of travel. As the name indicates these commercial lifts are unenclosed and do not have a hoistway or shaft constructed around them. An example of this type of lift would be the RAM TTL or TrusT Lift

Enclosed vertical platform lifts

You would use an enclosed vertical platform lift in a situation where you wanted to convey an experience closer to an elevator rather than a commercial lift. This product can accommodate rises of up to 7000mm and therefore requires a structure or hoistway constructed around it. The lift itself has full-height walls and a ceiling with lights. A product like the Garaventa Genesis enclosure model can be provided with its own enclosure but is limited to about 4900mm travel while devices such as the RAM CTL can travel the full 7000mm