a woman in a wheel chair on top of a stair case.

Lifts have a bit of a bad reputation.

For a start, most people believe they’re difficult and time-consuming to install – especially in a home environment. Just like getting any kind of home renovations done, the thought of the initial disruption and intrusion of privacy is enough to put most people off.

Plus, they’re notorious for unexpectedly and frequently breaking down!

As a wheelchair user, it leaves you wondering – yes, a lift may provide greater freedom and independence at home. But are they more hassle than they’re worth?

Heavy Duty / Large Platform Lift - Level Lifts
Heavy Duty / Large Platform Lift – Level Lifts

Perhaps you could call us biased – but we think the answer is a resounding no. These are all common misconceptions. For anyone looking to improve mobility in their property, we’d definitely recommend a platform lift. They’re the quickest, easiest and most reliable solution by far.

Here we take a closer look at why.

3 reasons to put your trust in a platform stairlift

1. Quick and easy installation

Platform lifts are pretty simple to fit in a domestic setting (subject to available space) – both indoors and outdoors. In fact, they’re one of (if not) the most convenient and easy-to-install mobility aids currently available.

Unlike a conventional traction or hydraulic lift, there’s no need to install a masonry shaft or make huge adjustments to the structure of the building. There’s also no need to dig a large pit for the machinery. As such, the installation process for a platform stairlift is significantly faster.

Rather than taking several weeks, the job can be done and dusted in just 2-3 days.

Heavy Duty / Large Platform Lift - Level Lifts
Heavy Duty / Large Platform Lift – Level Lifts

Here at Level Access Lifts, not only are our engineers proficient in the installation of lifts, we also take a number of steps to ensure the process is as efficient as possible.

For example, we start by creating detailed site-specific lift drawings – to eliminate any guesswork and avoid any time-consuming issues. Prior to installation day, we also conduct a pre-installation survey, ensuring the lift can be delivered, installed and completed without any hiccups.

With us, there’s minimal disruption, very little mess and zero hassle. And we guarantee, your new platform lift will be up and running before you can say ‘Wow, you’ve finished already…?’.

2. User-friendly operation

Not very tech-savvy? No problem.

All of our wheelchair platform lifts are designed with one goal in mind – to make your life easier.

Due to their fantastic user-friendly features, it’s possible to operate them independently from your wheelchair – moving up or down stairs, from one floor to the next, quickly and with ease.

A small ramp can be found at either end of the ‘platform’, allowing you to get on and off whilst remaining seated. Press the touch-sensitive button and the lift will begin to move, either vertically or along the curved or straight rails. Once it reaches the upper or lower landing, it automatically comes to a stop.

No confusing user interfaces. No complex controls, or codes to remember.

Just one push of a button – easy!

What’s more, not only is this type of lift particularly compact, but it can also be folded up against the wall when not in use – conveniently freeing up space and allowing others to use the staircase.

3. Reliability

Nobody wants to be stuck in their vertical platform lift at 3 am, waiting for a lift engineer to come to the rescue. But despite their bad reputation for being ‘unreliable’, the truth is – as long as they’re installed and used correctly – lift breakdowns are actually pretty rare.

This is especially true if it’s serviced.

Our specialists can regularly visit your property to check the lift’s overall performance – ensuring the essential parts are in optimum working order, and catching (and fixing) any issues in the early stages. As such, sudden breakdowns can be very easily avoided.

All of our platform stairlifts are run from continually charged batteries – which means, even in the event of a power cut or failure, they continue to function and can be used as normal.

In the unlikely circumstance that something does go wrong, just give us a call and we’ll be there as quickly as we can. Using our significant knowledge and experience – plus the information provided on the digital display of your lift – we can identify and rectify the issue, and get you back up and running in no time.

Ready to enjoy the benefits of a platform lift?

Here at Level Access Lifts, we have your best interests at heart.

When it comes to having a platform lift at home, most people’s concerns can easily be relieved by learning more about them. And we’d certainly never recommend a model that isn’t right for your specific needs, or would have a negative impact on the quality of your day-to-day life.

In recent years, wheelchair platform lifts have revolutionised mobility – enabling users to travel easily and independently from floor to floor. Not only is it possible to install them in a domestic setting, it can be an incredibly wise decision.

No hassle. No headaches. Just a helping hand, to make your life that little bit easier.

To find out more, why not get in touch? Give us a call on 023 8081 4924 today. Or if you prefer, send an email to info@levellifts.co.uk and we’ll respond to your enquiry as soon as possible with further information and details of how to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a platform lift better than a passenger lift?

If you have limited space and are on a tight budget, a platform lift is a fantastic investment. They have a smaller footprint than passenger lifts and are cheaper to install.

Although they operate at a steady speed and travel shorter distances, platform lifts are designed for wheelchair users to operate independently. They’re equally as reliable and safe too.

Could I benefit from having a platform lift installed at my home?

If you or a loved one has reduced mobility, a platform lift can be extremely beneficial and will instantly make your property more accessible.

These lifts are designed to make life easier and can be used indoors and outdoors. Wheelchair users can operate them independently and access varying floor levels with ease.

Platform stairlifts for example boast a compact design. If you’re not using the platform, it can be folded up against the wall, allowing others to use the stairs.

To find out more about platform lifts and their benefits, get in touch with the Level Access Lifts team.

Are they expensive?

The cost of a platform lift can seem high, but it’s easier and more cost-effective to install than a conventional passenger lift. It could also add value to your home!

It’s difficult to provide an exact figure for a platform lift as it usually depends on type, height, colours and many other factors.

Fortunately, the team at Level Access Lifts will work closely with you and talk you through the different options available before offering a solution that matches your requirements.

How do I know which platform lift to choose?

From steplifts to wheelchair lifts, vertical lifts and platform stairlifts, there are many different types of platform lifts available – making it incredibly difficult to decide which is right for you.

The good news is, as the UK’s leading provider of lifting platforms, you can trust that you’re in capable hands with us! We’ll listen carefully to your requirements and recommend a platform lift that suits your space and access needs.

So, why not get the ball rolling and give us a call on 023 8081 4924?

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