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Top 5 considerations to make when installing a platform lift

Great for apartments, factories, high street shops and homes, a platform lift is guaranteed to enhance accessibility. But what factors do you need to consider to make sure you get the right lift for your needs?

Here at Level Access Lifts, we pride ourselves on delivering a suitable solution for every challenge. Supplying and installing platform lifts – sometimes called a vertical lift or disability lift – we guarantee a professional fit and excellent customer service.

Swedish Style Platform Lift

Here we outline a number of key questions to consider before making your purchase to help ensure you get the most from your lift:

  1. How much space is available?

One of the most important considerations when installing a platform lift is where can it go? Knowing exactly where you intend to install the lift will make it easier for you to choose the right one for the given space.

Businesses tend to have more space to play with – allowing for excavation and larger platform lifts – whilst homes are often more limited. Wherever you’re thinking of installing your lift we can help you to choose one that provides exactly what you need and fits perfectly within the surrounding architecture.

  • Who will use the platform lift?

When installing lifts, remember to ask yourself: who will be using it? For instance, wheelchair users will need a lift that’s big enough to fit their wheelchair – and our disability lifts are an excellent choice.

Disability lifts, or wheelchair lifts, are quick and easy to install and use. They are also highly flexible meaning that they can be easilly adapted to the layout and structure of the building.

  • What size lift do you need?

Choosing the right sized vertical lift should always be an early consideration as it can impact on:

  • cost
  • energy consumption
  • capacity

The last thing you want to do is invest in vertical platform lifts that take up too much space in your property or don’t accommodate clients who require wheelchair access.

  • How far will the lift travel?

All vertical lifts are designed to transfer passengers between floor levels –however, some travel further than others.

Swedish style vertical lifts, ideal for hotels, apartments and warehouses, travel 13m (6 stops), whereas the bespoke scissor step lift travels 3m (3 stops) – making it perfect for domestic settings.

  • Choosing a lift design

The most important factor to consider when installing lifts is the design and layout. Wheelchair lifts should match the existing décor and layout of the building, blending seamlessly with the surroundings.

At Level Lifts, we supply lifts in all shapes and sizes which can be adapted for user needs. We are mindful of restrictive space, listed building status, aesthetics, lifting capacity and the surrounding environment and ensure all clients have the freedom to move and access varying levels safely and comfortably.

Get in touch

Considering the points above will help to inform your decision on which platform lift to purchase, but it’s a big decision – and one you want to get right – so why not let the experts help?  Here at Level Lifts, we can guide and advise you on the right wheelchair lift for your home or business. Our friendly team is always on hand to help and will gladly assist you in making the right choice, call us on 023 8081 4924 or email info@levellifts.co.uk.



Author: Nick Dade. Sales Director (Level Access Lifts Ltd).
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed within this Education Centre are solely those of the original author/s. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of any given lift manufacturer or lift industry association.
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