Getting an outdoor stairlift? Here is what you should consider
You may be surprised to know that Stairlifts are not just for indoors. They can also be used outside and provide a simple solution to tackling the steps either down to or in your garden in the same way as they do inside your home.
Why should I have an exterior stairlift?
It is not just gardeners who find them extremely useful and beneficial but any property with exterior steps or particularly steep driveways. They make getting outside and back in again, easier, safer and can be fitted to almost any type of property including homes, restaurants, Golf Clubs and Care Homes who regularly have them installed throughout the UK.
Are outdoor Stairlifts the same as indoor ones?
Pretty much but the best outdoor Stairlifts are designed to cope with whatever the elements throw at them. Manufactured to a high-quality standard, fully waterproof and weather resistant our Handicare/Minivator models also have UV protected upholstery so they won’t fade in the sun. Also, they come complete with a protective cover, so that you can protect the stairlift in the winter and it won’t be harmed by the elements.
What types are available?
Outdoor Stairlifts are available with both curved and straight tracks, providing any user with the assistance they need to get outside easily and safely so you can make the most of your outdoors, garden or to get into a vehicle.
How does an exterior stairlift work?
Outdoor stairlifts operate just like their indoor counterparts. Usually the distance between each end of the track is relatively short (we’ve yet to come across a garden with steps quite the same length as those indoors) but the principle is the same: sit on, strap in, and push the toggle switch to gently glide up or down the track.
Are Exterior Stairlifts safe and easy to use?
In simple terms, yes, very! All our exterior Stairlifts are manufactured by very reputable and long-established companies, each one is made from quality materials and is thoroughly tested to ensure it complies with all the latest minimum safety standards. These include weight limits, the speed of travel and the angle of your staircase.
Your Stairlift will come with a simple to use switch that you press in the direction you wish to travel, and your journey will be both quiet and smooth. For your added safety, additional features such as a seat belt, arm and footrests and an automatic cut off switch if it is obstructed or you need to stop, come as standard. Added features such as a ‘powered swivel seat’ can be incorporated to enable getting on and off the seat, even easier.
Before you get to use your Stairlift, it will have been thoroughly checked and then fitted by our friendly team of experts, who will stay with you as long as you need to make sure that you can operate it safely and are completely confident with your Stairlift purchase and installation.
Do Exterior Stairlifts have a weight limit?
Yes, all stairlifts have a weight limit that varies across the range of models available, that is typically between 19–29 stone but we will be very happy to give you free advice on which model is best for your needs.
What warranty will my Stairlift have?
Again, this will differ slightly depending on whether it is new or reconditioned, but most often this will be either 2 or 3 years. After this period, you can take out an extended warranty to cover you for all parts and labour charges – ask us for details
How long will it take for my Stairlift to arrive?
Depending on whether you’ve ordered a new or reconditioned model, this should only take a few days to a week at most. At Leodis, we specialise in offering a ‘Next Day Installation’ for those needing one quickly, due to a relative staying with you or sudden injury.
How long will it take to install my Stairlift?
Your Stairlift should take around 2-3 hours to install, test and demonstrate it to make sure you are completely comfortable and can use it safely.
Can I rent an exterior Stairlift?
Yes, you can, and this is something that we at Leodis, specialise in. There is a cost to install (and remove when no longer required) which includes the first 2 month’s rental and you can then keep this for as long as you need at £50 per month thereafter.
Regain the freedom of your garden again
Outdoor stairlifts are often overlooked. They are, perhaps, considered less essential than the indoor stairlift that connects you with your bedroom or bathroom. Yet we work with many customers for whom the garden is their pride and joy, their hobby and their lifeline.
In many instances, the garden is what makes retaining the freedom of their home worthwhile. After all, there’s no point in being able to enjoy the freedom of only part of your home.
So, as we look ahead to the summer, make sure you’re well equipped to enjoy it to its fullest.
Talk to Leodis today on 0800 542 6045 about installing an outdoor stairlift in your garden.