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A porch lift, or deck lift is a vertical platform lift that travels from one level to another to carry a person in wheelchair or mobility device such as a scooter. It can be installed outside from a driveway to a porch or deck level in order to allow easy access into the home. The lift can also be installed inside a garage. Silver Cross stores sell and install the Savaria Multilift, one of the most popular and robust small vertical platform lifts in North America.
More options can be configured for your home such as an interlock for your door for direct-to-home access.
The Savaria V-1504 can be configured in many different ways with two-door and three-door access, including 90 degree access. A manufacturer-provided enclosure can include acrylic or aluminum panels with a full-sized door. When installed inside a hoistway in the home, the V-1504 lift features full side panels and ceiling making it feel more like an elevator.
As an accessibility lift, the V-1504 operates using constant pressure and the platform is non-skid. The lift has a 750 lb capacity. For more information about the Savaria V-1504 lift, please contact us.
A ramp might seems like a simple alternative to installing a lift, but a ramp is not always simple.
Ramps take up a lot of space. The American Disabilities Act suggests a ramp slope of ratio of 1:12. That means that for every 1 inch of rise, you need 12 inches of ramp. If your porch is 3 feet (36 inches) from the ground, you would need 36 feet of ramp.
Ramp suggested slope ratio is 12:1
Keeping the ramp free of debris such as leaves and snow can be a burdensome task.
Ramps can be difficult to beautify if they are exceedingly long. Depending on the length of the ramp and the required railings, ramps may not be less expensive than installing a vertical lift.
If you move, a lift may be removed and relocated if the new configuration is similar enough. Or, your local Silver Cross store may be interested in buying it back.
If you qualify, March of Dimes Home & Vehicle Modification program provides funding for the installation of a vertical platform lift.