How Long Does It Take To Install A Stairlift?

Before we answer that question, let’s take a quick look at some of the considerations surrounding installing a chairlift.

Stairlifts are about improving the quality of life for people who struggle with stairs. For example, if half your home—especially the bathroom—is upstairs, a stairlift keeps that access open. While not intended for those with progressive mobility problems, a stairlift can transform the lives of those who have arthritis, a managed heart condition, suffered a stroke or are recovering from major surgery.

Installation Of Stairlifts 

A stairlift is an investment financially and in your independence. While that is exciting, especially if going upstairs has become your Everest to climb, you probably have some questions.

  • Will stairlift damage my home?
  • With a stairlift installed, can others use the stairs as usual?
  • Will a stairlift cause damage to my carpet?
  • Will my stairs take a stairlift – it has a corner?
  • How long does it take to install a stairlift?

Let’s Look At The Answers

The last question first, depending on the type of stairlift and your stairs, the majority of the stairlift installation can be done in a few hours by trained technicians. That’s amazing, isn’t it?. Lots of people expect a significant upheaval and a few days of installers invading your home. No, that doesn’t happen. In those few hours, the professional technicians will install the stairlift, teach you and the family how to use it and what maintenance it requires.

Will having a stairlift damage my home?

No, it is surprisingly easy to fit a stairlift without a major overhaul. However, it is advisable to do any planned home decorating before the installation. It can be a bit problematic decorating the stairs once the stairlift is in place.

With a stairlift installed, can others use the stairs normally?

Yes, normal use is not restricted. The stairlifts do not cover the whole of your staircase

Will a stairlift cause damage to my carpet or stairs?

To answer this, let’s look at the installation process. During the installation of a stairlift, a track will be attached to the wall for support. This track places the stairlift rails above the stairs, thereby causing no structural damage to your stairway. Brackets are then attached to the stair treads, that is, 2 – 5 screws per bracket. These will go through the carpet, making small holes into the stairs themselves. Not noticeable on using the stairlift but a consideration to take into account when removing the stairlift.

Providing the stairlift has been installed by a reputable company like Versatile Lift Company -VLC, the integrity and structure of your staircase will not be compromised. The stairlift installation placement will be such as to avoid scuffs and scrapes on its use. They could be some natural fading or slight indentation due to long-term. 

Will my stairs take a stairlift – it has a corner?

There are many types of stairlifts, and that includes one’s for straight stairs or curved staircases. Check out the ones you will find at VLC. You will be pleasantly surprised at the variety of choices available to you, including standard and heavy-duty models. Including

  • Straight Stairs – Brooks 130 and Bespoke Synergy
  • Curved Stairs – Brooks 180 and Bespoke Infinity, 
  • Complex Stairs – Flow X

Want to know more? Call or email VLC and take advantage of their no-obligation quote.


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