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Silver Cross stores have expertly installed hundreds of straight stairlifts. A simple straight stairlift can be installed in about 1 hour by our experienced team. Stairlifts travel along rail that is mounted to the stair treads for full stability and strength. Many people choose a stairlift in order to access a second level or basement level and eliminate the barrier of stairs. Because falls are very common when using stairs, adding a stairlift really makes the home easier to access and safer by helping to prevent falls.
It is important to select a stairlift that has all the safety features including:
Stairlifts are rated for different weight capacities, also called safe working load (SWL). Choose a lift that exceeds your own weight to be sure that lift can properly carry you multiple times a day. If the angle of your stairs is steep (45 degrees or more), the capacity capability is slightly reduced due the larger incline. We carry stairlifts that range from 287 lb to 400 lb capacity limits.
If you can, visit a Silver Cross showroom to try out our stairlifts to see which one is most comfortable. There are different seat styles and some things such as arm width or footrest height can be adjusted to suit you.
There are different configurations of stairlifts to suit your staircase as well as what is at the top and bottom of your stairs. Your stairlift can be installed on either side of the stairs, but there is likely one side that makes more sense for you to get on and off. If there is a door near the bottom of the stairs, you might want a rail that can hinge and slide out the way when the stairlift is not being used so that the door is not obstructed. At the top of the stairs, you may also want to create less intrusion by adding special brackets at the top landing. A Silver Cross consultant can make recommendations with a free in-home assessment so that your stairlift fits your staircase perfectly.
Like most products, stairlifts are made by several companies and there can be differences between them in terms of quality and reliability. Silver Cross sells Savaria and Handicare stairlifts, two of the top brands in the world. Both brands are backed with manufacturer parts warranties and your Silver Cross store also provides a labour warranty for the first year. You can also purchase a preventive maintenance contract from Silver Cross to keep your stairlift in good operational order. As a top stairlift dealer Silver Cross has the experience and customer testimonials to back up our reputation for quality and great customer service.
Most staircases can accommodate a stairlift, but contact us if you staircase width is less than 30 inches.
Stairlifts are designed to transport people with mobility issues that includes use of cane or simple walking aid. If you use a wheelchair, you must be able to successfully transfer on and off the stairlift and you would require another wheelchair at the top landing, making a stairlift an impractical solution for most people. A through-floor lift may be a better option for you, such as the Savaria Telecab lift.
If you rent your home, you will need the approval of your landlord to install the stairlift.
Many of our stores offer an option to rent a stairlift if your need is short term. Some locations offer a rent-to-own option so you can pay monthly for your lift. We also carry reconditioned stairlifts but inventory is subject to demand so it’s best to call us to find out what is available. We are also interested to buy back good quality stairlifts that are no longer needed.
Stairlifts are HST/GST exempt, so you will not need to pay tax on your stairlift. Currently in Ontario, there is a tax credit program available to seniors for making your home more accessible (2021), the Seniors’ Home Safety Tax Credit. Get the details here. There are some funding programs available, please read more about funding and financing here.
Call today for a free, fast quote or to book a showroom visit or in-home assessment. You’ll be happy to stop worrying about those stairs!