Outside Stair Lifts

There are many homes in the United Kingdom that have been installed with indoor stair lifts.  These are either straight or curved, depending on the shape of the stair case.  However, many people also have stairs leading up to their front door, as do many public buildings such as Town Halls and post offices.  In these cases, outside stair lifts are required to still allow those with limited mobility to access these buildings.

Outside stair lifts look the same as regular stair lifts, but there are some notable differences.  Firstly, outdoor stair lifts are made of more durable materials that allow the stair lift to continue to function and remain in good condition regardless of the weather outside.  Even the paint work is done in such a way that it not only protects from rain and snow, but also from sun exposure, which generally makes paint fade over time.

Uses for Outside Stair Lifts

There are many uses for outside stair lifts.  Many people, for example, have installed raised decking in their garden.  If mobility is significantly impaired, it can be very difficult for people to be able to use their decking.  By installing outside stair lifts to such areas, people are once again able to enjoy a relaxing drink and a good book in the sunshine, for example.

How to Install Outside Stair Lifts

The installation process of outside stair lifts is very similar to indoor stair lifts.  Most outside stair lifts are straight and there are only a handful of companies in the United Kingdom who manufacture curved outdoor stair lifts.  One of the benefits of straight stair lifts is that they are cheap and easy to install.  So easy, in fact, that anyone with some basic DIY knowledge would be able to install one themselves.

Generally, outdoor stair lifts operate on the main current, but also have a self charging battery.  This is incredibly important as it allows the stair lift to continue to function even during a power cut and is often required by law due to health and safety issues.

Manufacturers of Outside Stair Lifts

There are many companies in the United Kingdom which focus specifically on manufacturing outside stair lifts, often as well as indoor stair lifts.  Some of these companies include:

  • Acorn Stairlifts who make both indoor and exterior stair lifts
  • Brooks Stairlifts who again manufacture both indoor and outside stair lifts
  • Stannah Stairlifts who are by far the biggest UK based company that manufactures stair lifts both for customers in the United Kingdom and abroad
  • Dolphin Stairlifts who focus specifically on water resistant stair lifts, including stair lifts for swimming pools.
Having outside stair lifts enables people with a reduced mobility level to continue to enjoy the outdoors.  As well as making it easier to move from the home to the garden, they also make it easier for a person with limited mobility to enter their house from outside.  As they can significantly increase a person’s independence they are a highly valuable piece of equipment that is appreciated by many.

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